Love Wedding Repeat

Eleanor Tomlinson and Sam Claflin in 'Love Wedding Repeat.' (Netflix/Riccardo Ghilardi)
Eleanor Tomlinson and Sam Claflin in 'Love Wedding Repeat.' (Netflix/Riccardo Ghilardi)


While trying to make his sister's wedding day go smoothly, Jack finds himself juggling an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and the girl that got away in alternate versions of the same day.


We’ve all had that moment - wondering whether things would have worked out differently if one moment just went a different way. If you had just sat next to the right person at the right table, maybe that three year waste of a relationship would never have happened. Netflix’s new rom-com Love Wedding Repeat (terrible title) rolls the dice on love more than once - and tells us just how fickle chance really is.

At a wedding in Rome between an Italian and a Brit, the brother of the bride (Sam Claflin) goes out of his way to ensure his sister has the best day ever, while also trying to rekindle a flame with an American journalist (Olivia Munn) he met three years ago. But a mixup of a table seating can have different outcomes - some better than others.

Movie weddings are normally one of two things - the fairy tale ending of a romance or a series of unfortunate events that most of the time has very little to do with the bride and groom. In this case, we get a bit of a Love, Actually scenario where a variety of colourful characters has the chance at love - dependent on where the cards land. It’s not an incredibly polished script - where most of the budget probably went to casting Claflin and Munn in the leads - but there are enough zingers to keep you engaged in some lighthearted entertainment during this collective terrible time we’re all going through.

While Munn is as drop-dead-gorgeous as ever - and looks like the best kind of person to get drunk with - can we just address the fact that Claflin doesn’t look like his usual hunky self. I don’t know if it was a bad haircut, terrible makeup or just awful lighting - but the man looked like he aged a few decades in this movie. If our British boyfriend is going to be in a rom-com, we want him looking his best self, please.

It’s really a half-and-half movie - you’ll like half the characters, laugh at half of the jokes and maybe find one or two quotes about taking a chance on love that will stick with you - but the other half of it is drab in its execution, with uninteresting characters and over-the-top acting. It’s especially disappointing that this comes from the writer of the classic Death at a Funeral - a definite must-watch if you haven’t seen it (but the British version please).

For the romantics at heart and those who like Munn and Claflin, Love Wedding Repeat is a fun watch for most of the older family members - perfect for keeping the lockdown blues at bay - and the last hilarious scene with a cursing Claflin makes it worth the watch.



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