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It’s no surprise that tournaments and competitions have proven fertile ground for documentary-makers in recent years: not only do they offer a predictable, ready-made dramatic structure of a kind rarely found in everyday life, they’re also guaranteed to provoke extreme emotion, as the junior wordsmiths of ‘Spellbound’, disabled athletes of ‘Murderball’ and even the prospective whistling champs of recent festival hit ‘Pucker Up’ have shown.

Zeroing in on three couples participating in a bridal magazine’s competition to find the most original wedding of the year, ‘Confetti’ aims to combine the semi-improvised spoof doc reality laffs of Christopher Guest’s ‘Best In Show’ with the aww-appeal of the stilted, cringe-making but essentially romantic pre-nuptial sphere that Richard Curtis has almost single-handedly turned into international shorthand for contemporary Englishness.

And to a large degree it succeeds. Debbie Isitt’s cast is a who’s who of young British TV comedy talent, all doing what they do best: Martin Freeman and Jessica Stevenson are the nice, everyday couple mounting a Hollywood musical wedding with dubious help from her stage mum, Alison Steadman; Stephen Mangan and Meredith MacNeill are the obnoxiously arrogant, insecurely friendless go-getters with a vintage tennis theme; and the naturist couple tying the knot au naturel are played by Olivia Colman and every single bit of Robert Webb.

Somewhat broader and not quite as sharp as Guest at his best, this still offers plenty of sharp-eyed character humour and, crucially, develops each of its couples as credible relationships – of which the gay wedding planners (Vincent Franklin and Jason Watkins) are by some way the most functional and mature.

By: Ben Walters


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday May 5 2006
Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Debbie Isitt
Screenwriter: Debbie Isitt
Cast: Martin Freeman
Jessica Stevenson
Stephen Mangan
Felicity Montagu
Jimmy Carr
Meredith MacNeill
Rob Webb
Olivia Colman
Jason Watkins
Vincent Franklin

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It's in the guilty pleasure region for me, the plot is quite original and the cast is full of amazing talent. Its defiantly a fun hangover movie to watch with mates! It's such a shame to hear some of the actors had a difficult time filming it, or that certain editing aspects weren't agreed on, but I would defiantly recommend giving it a watch, it's a good laugh.