Denise Neil

Wedding movies to remember

I love weddings — the fluffy dresses, the soft mints, the open bar, the inevitable public meltdown of at least one family member.

And I love movie weddings even more. The "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" factor that accompanies any real-life wedding is fabulously amplified when a screenwriter and a costume designer are, in fact, paid to Make This Stuff Up.

Even if a wedding-themed film gets trashed by the critics ("27 Dresses" comes to mind), there's very little chance I won't watch it eventually.

That's one of the reasons I'm excited about this weekend's release of "Bridesmaids," a new movie starring "Saturday Night Live's" Kristin Wiig.

Wiig plays Annie, an insecure single woman asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend (fabulous "SNL" alum Maya Rudolph.)

There are so many reasons this movie is a must-see, and the wedding factor is only one of them.

It's getting great reviews (The Eagle published a four-star review in Friday's GO! section). And, Jon Hamm is in it. Need I say more?

All of this movie wedding goodness got me to thinking about some of the other great wedding movies made during the past several decades.

There are so many, but these are some of my favorites:

* Wedding Crashers (2005): I never understood why so many people I know complain that they have to go to weddings, as though it's a big chore. I love going to weddings, even if I don't particularly care for the bride or groom. And the characters Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn created in the hilarious "Wedding Crashers," though their motives may not have been completely pure, captured the joyful good times weddings can offer.

* "Sixteen Candles," 1984: Not only is it one of my favorite movies of all time, but "Sixteen Candles" also perfectly captured what happens to families during weddings, from the grandparent invasion to the invisibility of everyone except the bride on muscle relaxants.

* "The Wedding Singer," 1988: There's more wedding reception hilarity than should be legal in "The Wedding Singer," starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. It's a movie packed full of sweetness and 1980s music. Win-win.

* "The Hangover," 2009: Before the wedding can happen, the bachelor party must be survived. And although it nearly wasn't survived in this hilarious flick, the sweet and funny wedding at the end was as satisfying as the insanity that preceded it. "The Hangover Part II," which comes out Memorial Day weekend, looks to be just as good.

* "Father of the Bride," 1991: This remake of the Spencer Tracy classic featured Steve Martin doing what he does best: Slapstick comedy and heartstring-tugging.

And it has Martin Short does what he does best: Being Franc.