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February 11, 2022

WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 02/11

MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (If you want a perfect Valentine’s Day film) Vincent Georgie: This 1997 film was the perfect storm of creative forces….

MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING

(If you want a perfect Valentine’s Day film)

Vincent Georgie: This 1997 film was the perfect storm of creative forces. It brings Julia Roberts back to us in the genre we love her best in (after a few years of failed dramas); it gives us an ever-appealing rising star named Cameron Diaz; an attractive leading man in Dylan McDermott and an incredibly appealing, scene-stealing Rupert Everett (who was still widely unknown to North American audiences). Here is a romantic comedy that is totally romantic, very comedic and an all-around delight of a film.

Synopsis: Childhood friends Julianne Potter and Michael O’Neal had a deal to marry eachother if they were still single by age 28. Now, four days before her 28th birthday, O’Neil announces that he’s marrying a gorgeous 20-year-old named Kimberly. Suddenly realizing that she’s actually in love with him, Julianne vows to stop the wedding at all costs. However, when she is appointed maid of honor, things get even more complex.

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KISSING JESSICA STEIN

(If you want an indie romance)

Vincent Georgie: This gem of a small film deserves to be seen not just for its honest and warm-hearted story of a Jewish woman searching for the perfect man until it dawns on her that she might be searching for the perfect woman, after all. Stage actress Tovah Feldshuh is the heart and authenticity of the whole film in a supporting part as Jessica’s mother.

Synopsis: Jessica (Jennifer Westfeldt) is at the end of her emotional rope. She happens upon an intriguing personal ad, whose only drawback is that it’s in the “women seeking women” section. On a daring whim, she decides to answer it. She meets funky downtown hipster Helen Cooper (Heather Juergensen) for drinks, and to her surprise, they click instantly. With conventional gender roles absent, the two women proceed to muddle through an earnest but hilarious courtship, making up the rules as they go.

 

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VALENTINE

(If you think love is a horror show)

Vincent Georgie: If the perfect Valentine’s Day film for you is an early 2000s Denise Richards, David Boreanaz and a cast of forgettables, all struggling to stay alive on the bloodies holiday of all, then this one’s for you. This one’s the equivalent of eating a bag of Cheese-Eez for dinner…and I’m not judging that, only pointing it out.

Synopsis: Love is in the air. On the most romantic day of the year, would-be lovers woo hearts with flowers, candy, cards and gifts. Best friends Kate (Marley Shelton), Paige (Denise Richards), Dorothy (Jessica Capshaw), Lily (Jessica Cauffiel) and Shelly (Katherine Heigl) are young women looking for a relationship –a valentine to die for. And this year they might just get their wish.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

OFF-BEAT ROMANTIC COMEDIES

In the much-maligned genre of “romantic comedy”, here are two that are a cut above the rest and still relatively underseen. The first film, originally title THE F WORD was then renamed the much tamer and bland WHAT IF. No matter the title – it’s an absolute winner of a film that very few people have seen. The second film, based upon an incredible true story, is a perfect example of a high quality rom com.

WHAT IF

A med-school dropout who has experienced a series of spectacular relationship breakdowns decides to give up on love until he meets a woman who might be ‘the one’, unfortunately, she already has a boyfriend.

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THE BIG SICK

Kumail is a Pakistani comic, who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.

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