Wedding movies flood the theaters every summer, but only a few manage to really stand out over the years. You don’t have to get married this summer to get into the wedding spirit. Just watch the 5 best movies about weddings, and celebrate the summer season the right way.
Best Wedding Movies
Weddings are emotional. They can be dramatic, comical, happy, sad — weddings run the gamut of human emotion. The movies that can capture all this craziness and distill it down to two hours (or less) are truly worth watching. Which films have done it better than the rest?
Made in 2009, ” The Proposal ” brought Sandra Bullock to the romantic comedy genre (where she shines), re-introduced the world to Betty White and made Ryan Reynolds seem like a really likable guy. That’s a great movie. In it, Sandra plays Ryan’s boss. She’s a type A, highly-successful woman…with one big Visa problem. In order to keep her status as a U.S. citizen, she forces her employee to marry her. This movie is funny, touching and sweet — and remember, it’s got Betty White.
” Wedding Crashers ” actually made going to a wedding seem like fun for the guests, and any movie that can do that should be commended. Made in 2005 and starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, “Wedding Crashers” is one of the funniest wedding movies ever made. Bonus! This film features lots of weddings, not just one, plus a cameo from Will Ferrell.
“Wedding Crashers” is not the funniest wedding movie, because ” Bridesmaids ” is. Made in 2011 with an ensemble cast led by Kristen Wiig, this film has made everyone who’s seen it become hysterical with laughter. Wiig is one of the bridesmaids, who winds up having a meltdown because her BFF is getting married and her life is changing dramatically. It’s a funny story of friendship, and how weddings have a way of affecting everyone who gets too close.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
It started out as a small indie film and became one of the best wedding movies ever made. ” My Big Fat Greek Wedding ” is about crossing cultural divides, dealing with family pressure and trying to fall in love — all stuff that anyone who’s been through a wedding can relate to. Made in 2002, the film put star Nia Vardalos on the map.
Father of the Bride
Of all the wedding movies, “Father of the Bride” continues to stand out. The sweet story is touching, funny and tear-jerking whether you’re watching the original or the remake. The first “Father” was made in 1950 with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor in the title roles. The remake was made with Steve Martin in 1991 in one of his best roles. Both versions are worth a watch, and both are as good as you’ll get in the wedding movie genre.
Wedding movies are always fun to watch, but during the summer wedding season they’re even more poignant. If you’re going to watch, choose the best ones — and enjoy all the emotions that weddings bring out.