If you've seen the trailer for this movie, you probably had an automatic conceived notion as to how it's going to play out. I don't think the movie is even bothering to hide the fact that there are some very familiar plot tropes and archetypal characters in the premise. Misunderstood characters bonding over the fact that they aren't really wanted in a wedding reception that they are attending to. What crazy things are they going to do? What sentimental and emotional scenes are we going to see? Predictable stuff, right? You wouldn't be completely wrong into thinking that way, however there is this one pivotal scene during the middle of the movie involving Wyatt Russell and Anna Kendrick, that completely made me reconsider trashing this as yet another derivative story.
By the end of the movie, I was surprisingly charmed by it. I didn't completely fall in love with this movie, nor do I think it's essential viewing, but I won't deny that I liked it more than I thought I would. It helped that it had an overall talented cast of actors in it, from Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Stephen Merchant, and several more. While Kendrick's character is the primary focus of the plot, I actually found the characters played by Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow, to be the ones I was most interested in. Stephen Merchant and Tony Revolori also helped contribute a lot to the awkward sense of humor that this movie has from time to time.
If there is one major complaint I have about this movie, is that the wedding reception is merely a plot device and not as significant as it probably should be, especially considering the premise. What happens at the end of the wedding reception is also plain stupid and unbelievable. I did enjoy the '80s soundtrack playing through the movie at least.
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