Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Breakup at a Wedding is not your typical wedding movie.  The low budget film was shot within 2 weeks time but took two years from conception to the final product that I saw last night.  Using "found footage", the movie from the standpoint of a wedding videographer (who happens to be the Director) follows quite intimately the wedding of Philip and Alison.  While they may be your typical wedding couple, their wedding was anything but typical leading to a lot of laugh out loud moments.

As the title suggests, there is a break up at the wedding.  But instead of calling the wedding off the couple decides to continue with the wedding event while not actually getting married unbeknownst to the family and friends and other guests.

As I said before there were quite a few laugh out loud moments, unfortunately, not for me.  Apparently the crowd got a lot of the jokes that I didn't.  Some of the jokes are very subtle.  Not to say that I didn't have my shares of laughter.  I particularly enjoyed the scene with the makeup that is available in the trailer below.  The film reminded me somewhat of a tone down Hangover movie.  Not the last two but the first one.  Where a lot of things that could go wrong went wrong.  It's that type of unpredictable situations that makes the first Hangover as well this movie enjoyable.  Each of the characters with their different levels of unique zaniness helped to bring life to this crazy wedding.  I especially enjoyed the leads Philip Quinaz, Alison Fyhrie as well as the Best Man played by Chris Manley and the other Best Man Damian Lanigan.

My biggest fault though with the film is actually a unique concept used by the film.  And that is the idea of found footage.  We've seen it done many times before in horror and sci fi movies like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield.  This is the first time though for a comedy at least that I can recall there hasn't really been another to note.  While it's an innovative idea, in a lot of key parts of the film, we're watching the film through shaky camera work that is supposedly found footage.  The use of this method helped to keep the costs of the film down, but I've never been a fan of this style when it's not necessary.

Overall, I would recommend this film.  It would in particular make a great date movie or for couples tying the knot soon.  Besides my little faults, it is still a quality work and the laughter it brings is well worth the low price of $7.99.  I suspect Periods Films should do quite well with this comedy, and I look forward to seeing more from them.

After the screening, there was a short Q&A with the writer/actress Anna Martemucci, actor Philip Quinaz, Director/Actor Victor Quinaz and Producer Zachary Quinto.  The first three have multiple hats in the film talked about how the film came together.  While Heroes and Star Trek star Zachary Quinto who is a Producer on the film talked about his relationship with Philip Quinaz, being former college roommates. The audience was quite shy except for one fan, which lead to this Q&A being exceptionally short.  Philip was exceptionally charismatic in front of the audience similar to his character on film.  Zachary seemed to be very low key however, leaving most of the Q&A to be answered by his colleagues.  It was announced however that Zachary will be on a Broadway show in the Fall.  While Periods Films have several projects in the work including one for ABC if I remember correctly. 

The movie is available beginning today June 18th via VOD including iTunes here for $7.99: 

The movie is rated PG-13 with a run time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


  • Philip Quinaz as Phil Havemeyer
  • Alison Fyhrie as Alison Jones
  • Chris Manley as Bena
  • Mary Grill as Mary
  • Brian Shoaf as Brian Jones
  • Michael LiDondici as Mike
  • Anna Martemucci as Lenka Jones
  • Hugh Scully as Alison's Father
  • Caitlin B. FitzGerald as Alison's Mother
  • Damian Lanigan as Damian
  • Thyra Heder as Thyra
  • Cesar Abreu as Gay Flamboyant Dancer 1
  • Sean Akers as Organist
  • Evan Autio as Gay Flamboyant Dancer 2
  • Giovanni P. Autran as Giovanni
  • Marshall Axt as Greeter Waiter
  • Sarah Black as Girl at Buffet
  • Sheelah Black as Sexy Older Woman
  • Danny Boushebel as Limo Driver
  • Micayla Brown as Flower Girl
  • Ryan Caress as Toddy
  • Alison Caviness as Sage
  • Vivian Chiu as Su Fung
  • Rudy Costa as Security Guy
  • Laura Costagliola as Wedding Planner
  • Matt Hobby as Alison's Male Best Friend
  • Keith Huang as Photographer
  • Helena Lukas as Alison's Stepmom
  • Jessica Moreno as Alison's College Best Friend

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