Kiss the Bride (R)

Comedy 115 April 18, 2008
By Nick Pinkerton
"Our obsession with marriage . . . it’s masochistic,” says one queer character in C. Jay Cox’s Kiss the Bride, a “scrappy indie” which successfully manages to reproduce, on a shoestring, anonymously professional big-budget asininity. Matt (Philipp Karner), an out-and-proud staffer at Queery magazine, gets a surprise invitation to the straight wedding of the long-out-of-sight high-school best buddy who, way back when, turned Matt onto the joys of banging dudes. Reunited in the “podunk town” of his youth with the perpetually shirt-free Ryan (James O’Shea), that shared secret prods Matt into an “Is he or isn’t he?” investigation. Further adding to the confusion is Ryan’s fiancée, with whom both men are taken (played by vast-faced Tori Spelling, an unlikely siren to tempt men out of deeply entrenched sexual preference). Along with a gallery of hastily sketched caricatures visiting for the nuptials, the comedy is heavily reliant on naughty double-entendres (e.g., an “I’m coming” gag that was stupid when it was in American Pie). In the film’s endless countdown to the exchange of vows, complete predictability is only avoided thanks to its openness to the fluidity of sexual identity—which isn’t enough to make this anything more than the most ignoble outing in bi-curious screen hijinks since France produced Poltergay.
C. Jay Cox Tori Spelling, Philipp Karner, James O'Shea, Amber Benson, Garrett M. Brown, Brooke Dillman, Steve Sandvoss, Tess Harper, Robert Foxworth, Joanna Cassidy Ty Lieberman C. Jay Cox, Richard Santilena, Bob Schuck Regent Releasing

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