Betsy's Wedding (1990)

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Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island ... See full summary »


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  • Molly Ringwald and Alan Alda in Betsy's Wedding (1990)
  • Molly Ringwald and Madeline Kahn in Betsy's Wedding (1990)
  • Molly Ringwald and Alan Alda in Betsy's Wedding (1990)
  • Molly Ringwald and Alan Alda in Betsy's Wedding (1990)
  • Molly Ringwald and Alan Alda in Betsy's Wedding (1990)

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24 July 2003 | rwint
Fizzles After a Terrific Set-Up
A father (Alda) learns that his daughter (Ringwald) wants to get married. He is determined to give her an extravagant wedding even though his construction business is not doing well and he is in bad need of money.

If this thing had been played to it's full potential this might have been a real slam bang wedding satire. All the ingredients are there: feuding in-laws, disagreements on religions, seating arrangements, fashion styles, cost, and of course all those other unforeseen catastrophes. Unfortunately, like with all of Alda's films, he never plays anything out. He starts with something interesting and then pulls back just as it is about to get good. Some keen insights into the wedding process are lost. The climatic wedding 'disaster' is limp and only half of what it could have been. The needless story thread involving Alda's 'initiation' into a Italian crime family is both dumb and highly sterotyped.

The films lone payoff is the appearance of Bishop. He plays Alda's dead father and appears sporadically as 'visions'. Some of his observations are funny. Pesci also gives his part a lot of energy in a role that is slightly atypical for him. Yet none of it is enough to make it memorable.

3 out of 10.

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