Weddings are brimming with pageantry and joy, so it’s not surprising that movies about them are popular. Here are five wedding movies guaranteed to make you laugh, cry or both.
When two best friends schedule their weddings on the same day, well, the war begins. This 2009 film starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway centers around two women, Emma Allen (Hathaway) and Olivia Lerner (Hudson) who decide they both want their weddings in the same location at the Plaza Hotel. The movie is full of all sorts of humorous pranks and comical encounters as the brides-to-be attempt to sabotage each other’s plans. Candice Bergen is superb in her role as one of New York’s most in-demand wedding planners.
Father of the Bride
Many people don’t realize this 1991 movie starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Kimberly Williams-Paisley is a remake of a classic starring Spencer Tracy. Just about any father can relate to George Banks played by Martin, who gets nervous and unpredictable when he realizes his little girl is all grown up and about to become a bride. Martin Short as the foreign wedding planner is absolutely hilarious in his scenes.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
This 1997 romantic comedy stars Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney. Revolving around a theme of long lost love, Roberts’ character plans to entice a long-time friend into romance just a few days before the wedding. The soundtrack song I Say a Little Prayer (For You) was so memorable in the movie that it has become a sort of unofficial anthem sung and danced to at wedding receptions.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
What happens when a young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek man, and her family has difficulty accepting her choice? This 2002 comedy features a relatively unknown cast, including Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. The two most notable stars are Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan. The couple endures a wide range of trials and tribulations before they finally walk down the aisle. It ends up being a traditional wedding and there are lots of smiles to go around in the end.
The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler is perfectly cast in this 1998 film about an energetic and entertaining New Jersey wedding singer. Engaged to be married, Robbie Hart, played by Sandler, meets a waitress, Julia Sullivan, played by Drew Barrymore, at a reception hall where he sings regularly. Julia is also engaged and after a series of debacles they finally end up together and get married in the final scene. Other stars in the movie include Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz and pop singer Billy Idol.
The next time you need a movie to get you out of the doldrums, try an uplifting wedding movie. They never let you down.