the wedding year

Featured image for The Wedding Year sourced from here.

Who doesn’t love a good romantic comedy film?

When Harry met Sally, 27 Dresses, Sweet Home Alabama, The Proposal – these are movies that many of us have watched multiple times in our lives because they have everything we are searching for in our lives. A little bit of humour, a dash of drama and a whole lot of love.

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But when you really put your mind to it can you think of a really good rom-com, one that you would voluntarily watch more than ones that have been released in the past five years?

Or can you think of one where a high strung klutzy girl (aka Katherine Heigl) puts up walls until a charming but arrogant man comes and makes her fall in love.

Okay, I will give props to films like Isn’t it romantic, Crazy Rich Asians, The Big Sick and How to be Single which really brought out new elements to rom-coms where the protagonist didn’t have to be a high-strung professional or eat a ton of ice cream and still have the perfect figure. Kudos to Rebel Wilson! These three films are super fun to watch and I will watch them again but I don’t know if they will ever match up to the greats such as  How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, My Best Friend’s wedding and 13 going on 30.

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Well I have a film that really warmed my heart and gave me all those classic rom-com feelings again. Maybe it was getting pretty close to my time of the month, or it’s the whole quarantine lockdown situation getting to me, or it was just one of those movies that I just could relate to, but The Wedding Year really stole my heart.

The Wedding Year stars Sarah Hyland (you may know her as Hayley from Modern Family) as a young and wild retail store worker, with a passion for photography who goes on dates to….. basically eat. She’s hungry and we stan a queen who is clear about her needs, but I too found the whole using men for food concept hard to digest but I continued to watch the film despite my reservations.

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And I am so glad I did. The movie took me on a journey of a young couple in L.A. doing something so terrifying – falling in love.

I won’t spoil the film for you I promise. The movie follows the lives of a couple as they attend multiple weddings of their closest friends and family in a single year. When you come to think of it, this appears to be the perfect test to see if a relationship can last and I felt it was a great premise to build a film on.

You get to see how your significant other acts around your friends and family, an open bar, high-pressure situations, travel mood swings and adapts to uncomfortable situations.

What I loved about The Wedding Year?

The Visuals

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The movie followed the young couple around sunny Los Angeles and gave us a peek of it through the eyes of Mara (a talented photographer played by Sarah Hyland). There are moments in the film when the director plays with light, colour, and scenery to really make the film an aesthetic treat for the eyes. And for anyone who loves fashion the main couple’s wardrobe is perfection – gorgeous L.A chic with a 90s twist.

Interracial Couple

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Despite the outrageous number of romantic comedies that exist on this planet, there aren’t many popular ones starring interracial couples. And I felt the film thread the line between the two worlds elegantly.

Dreams and Goals

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When they met for the first time, the couple were aspiring dreamers working minimum wage jobs waiting to make it big in their respective fields. They never downplayed that aspect in the film and allowed the two to remain individuals throughout the film without making any one of them risk their dreams for the other.

Honest Friendships

The friendships in this film were brutally honest and portrayed in the most real way. Nobody held back and yet everyone had each other’s backs and isn’t that what we are all looking for?

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The movie also stars Jenna Dewan, Wanda Sykes, and Anna Camp.

At the end of the day, the most endearing part of this film was how real it was, and how it made you feel like this could happen to you or has happened to you or someone you know. I love it when my Netflix recommendations surprise me with such gems.

I hope you give this film a shot and if you have seen it before, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!