Putting the ‘retch’ into ‘wretched’, this wedding comedy makes the fatal assumption that the sight of acting icons of a certain age – Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton – behaving badly will have us rolling in the aisles. De Niro plays Don, a successful sculptor who is persuaded to pretend he’s still married to his snippy ex-wife (Keaton) to avoid offending their son’s future mother-in-law, a strict Catholic.
Even if they can pull it off, the ruse will seriously piss off Don’s current partner Bebe (Sarandon). Not to mention reopen old wounds for the rest of his kids – including workaholic exec Lyla (Katherine Heigl), who is herself on the verge of divorce. It’s not the sheer predictability of the ensuing frolics that’s hardest to take, or even the dismal attempts at humour (cunnilingus, stiffies, hand-jobs: really?), but the sheer misery of watching actors you once respected demean themselves in such utterly worthless fodder.