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Confetti - Review

Martin Freeman and Jessica Stevenson in Confetti

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

DEBBIE Isitt’s engaging wedding comedy offers a cute mix of romance and reality TV that should just about win viewers’ hearts despite some dodgy moments.

The film features a wealth of British comedic talent and some nicely improvised set pieces but occasionally feels lazy and over-familiar.

When bridal magazine Confetti sets up a competition to find the most original wedding of the year, three couples find themselves vying for the luxury home that’s on offer.

First and most believable are Matt and Samantha (Martin Freeman and Jessica Stevenson), an everyday couple who are planning a song and dance spectacular in the style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

But standing in their way are fiercely competitive tennis couple, Josef and Isabelle (Stephen Mangan and Meredith MacNeill), who have opted for a Wimbledon-themed event, and Michael and Joanna (Robert Webb and Olivia Colman), two naturists who want to express their love in the buff.

With the help of two gay wedding planners, Gregory and Archie (Jason Watkins and Vincent Franklin), the couples must contend with all the usual preparation nerves – from meddling mother-in-laws to big day jitters – as well as the inevitable pressure of the media spotlight.

Confetti owes much of its inspiration to the mockumentary style of Christopher Guest’s This Is Spinal Tap and Best In Show, while also relying on the tried and tested British sit-com formula of cringe comedies such as The Office.

As a result, audiences may enjoy something of a love-hate relationship with some of its zanier elements.

Certainly, Isitt’s decision to have her actors improvise throughout is a brave one but it also contributes to some of the story’s weaker moments given that several cast members seem to be playing it safe for laughs.

Freeman, for instance, rolls out the nice-guy persona he used to such great effect in The Office and Love Actually, while Mangan is as self-obsessed and confrontational as he is in The Green Wing and Festival.

As the over-enthusastic wedding planners, Watkins and Franklin undoubtedly steal many of the film’s best moments but even the idea of gay event organisers feels over-reliant on stereotype.

Some of the jokes, too, become stretched to breaking point, especially those involving the naturist couple who seem to rely on their nudity (or wobbly bits) for the majority of their giggles.

In spite of its many faults, however, Confetti still manages to win viewers over courtesy of several laugh-out-loud moments (such as Mangan’s fight with his jealous tennis instructor or the inevitable breakdown of the wedding planners) and some amiable characters.

It is with this latter point in mind, therefore, that audiences should say ‘I do’ to its flirtatious charms.

Watch clips from the film
Martin Freeman interview

Certificate: 15
Running time: 100mins