3 December 2018 | bkoganbing
The Nunzios and Vitales join
Watching Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding was like watching a newsreel on the lives of
some very ordinary people whose children are getting married. In class these
families, the Nunzios and Vitales aren't exactly the Montagues and Capulets. One
hopes things go better for Tony Nunzio and Tina Vitale than for those other kids.
The film starts from just before the wedding and ends with the end of the wedding reception from hell. Joey McIntyre and Mila Kunis are our protagonists and both are from some very dysfunctional families. McIntyre's
father John Fiore runs a strip club and its where he can exercise some serial infidelity with his employees. Kunis's mother Priscilla Lopez just wants to live
her life again with her daughter vicariously. There's also some bad history with Lopez and Fiore from way back in the day.
If Joe Columbo's Italian American Civil Rights League was still around I doubt
Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding would ever have been made. Every nasty Italo-American stereotype out there is in this film. The action takes place in 1988
but I think it could be made dated in the present without any plot problems.
The reception in a catering hall that's seen better days is a hoot. Topping it all
off is the demolition of the wedding cake. Has to be seen to be believed.
Other performances to take note of are Lenny Venito as the videographer of
the proceedings which will I'm sure be edited into a comedy by him, Guillermo
Diaz as the gay wedding planner who has some amusing observations on the
whole scene and Matthew Saldivar as this stoner who is a friend of the bride
who disrupts on all occasions.
If you're Italian you might get offended though.