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You May Not Kiss the Bride

Dir/scr: Rob Hedden. US. 2012. 100mins

The Hawaiian scenery is the best thing about You May Not Kiss the Bride, a perky and thoroughly silly romantic/action comedy with a cast featuring a handful of recognisable names in throwaway roles.

The action-oriented second half is more lively but not very exciting.

The independent production opened this weekend in eight cinemas around the US (as well as on VOD) but takings were not reported. International prospects are negligible, though the film is innocuous enough to fill some holes on free TV schedules.

US television regular Rob Hedden (whose feature credits include Friday The 13th Part VIII) wrote and directed, and there’s a definite TV feel in the story of mild-mannered pet photographer Bryan (Dave Annable, from What’s Your Number) and his shotgun marriage to Croatian mobster’s daughter Masha (Katherine McPhee, from TV’s Smash). 

The fake couple go for a fake Tahiti honeymoon and get caught up in a kidnap plot involving US immigration agents and one of Masha’s dad’s henchmen.

In its first half, the film relies on bad foreign accents, supposedly hilarious cat and dog shots and cheesy gags. The romantic comedy is bland one minute, farcical the next.

The action-oriented second half is more lively but not very exciting.

Annable is likeable enough as the hapless Bryan but McPhee does very little with her underwritten part. Hamming it up in more or less pointless supporting roles are Kathy Bates, Mena Suvari, Rob Schneider, Tia Carrera and Vinnie Jones.

Production companies: Hawaiian Film Partners

US distribution: Hawaiian Film Partners Distribution 

International sales: Showcase Entertainment, www.showcaseentertainment.com

Producers: Ran Watumull, Gina Watumull, David A Jackson, Shaua Shapiro Jackson

Cinematography: Russ T Alsobrook

Editor: David L Bertman

Production designer: Scott Mehan

Music: Geoff Zanelli

Website: www.facebook.com/#!/YouMayNotKissTheBride

Main cast: Katharine McPhee, Dave Annable, Mena Suvari, Rob Schneider, Tia Carrere, Vinnie Jones, Ken Davitian, Kathy Bates

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