So the other night I watched a movie on TV called Confetti. It’s a mockumentary about a competition run by a bridal magazine called ‘Confetti’ to find the couple with the most original wedding, with a $250,000 house going to the winners. Three couples are chosen, each with a different idea for the most original wedding. First are Josef and Isabelle, an ultra-competitive sporty couple who are planning a wedding ceremony with a tennis theme. Next are Matt and Sam, a lovely couple currently living with Sam’s mum, who dream of a wedding based on a theme of Hollywood musicals. Last (and sort of least, in a manner of speaking) is naturist couple Michael and Joanna. This is where the movie turns a bit R16, with naturists Michael and Joanna being naked a lot of the time. Really naked. Draughty, loose, flapping-in-the-breeze naked. They’re a really sweet couple though, Michael was brought up a naturist (by his naked, naked parents), but Joanna is still pretty new to the whole thing so she’s a bit nervous about being nude in front of non-naturists. She’s played by sweet-as-sweet Olivia Colman (I think the only thing I’ve seen her in before is Hot Fuzz) and is just the cutest naked person I’ve ever seen.
Although Matt and Sam and Michael and Joanna were lovely, my favourite couple weren’t actually one of those in the competition, but the wedding-planners responsible for all three ceremonies, Archie and Gregory. They were so cute not just as a gay couple but as two men so dedicated to their jobs and watching them dealing with the competitive couples was pretty funny.
I just remembered where I’ve seen Sam’s mum before! She’s an annoying, loud, blond women played by Alison Steadman, who you may have seen as Mrs. Bennett in the BBC’s (amazingly awesome) mini-series Pride and Prejudice! Lol, that’s so funny. Goodness was she ever annoying. That woman’s a genius.
The movie is presented as a documentary following the competition and consists of interviews with the contestants, wedding planners, magazine owner (Jimmy Carr) and editors, etc. (Amusing moments when the editors try to convince the naturists that they can’t have a nude wedding if they want to win.) I like the way it follows each couple and counts down to the wedding day. I think it’s pretty obvious how there’s more time given to some couples than others. It’s a great idea for a film, but not as funny as you might think. Some great characters though and all in all I enjoyed it – but I was glad I wasn’t watching with my Grandma!
Director: Debbie Isitt
Starring: Martin Freeman, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan,
Meredith MacNeill, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman,
Vincent Franklin, Jason Watkins