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"OUR FAMILY WEDDING"
(2010) (America Ferrera, Lance Gross) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Minor Heavy None Mild
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None None Minor Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy None Heavy Heavy Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: The fathers of a young Hispanic woman and her African-American fiancÚ clash when the couple announces they're getting married in less than a month.
PLOT:
Lucia Ramirez (AMERICA FERRERA) and Marcus Boyd (LANCE GROSS) are a young couple who've decided to get hitched before they head off to Laos where he's going to work with the Doctors Without Borders program. With three weeks before they fly off, they travel to Los Angeles to inform their respective families and arrange their shotgun (but not pregnancy related) wedding. The only problem is that neither side has yet to meet the other, and Lucia and Marcus are a bit concerned about that since she's Hispanic and he's African-American.

Unbeknownst to them, their fathers have already met, although not in a friendly sort of fashion as Lucia's dad, Miguel (CARLOS MENCIA) who runs an auto shop, has just towed the expensive car owned by Marcus's divorced deejay father, Brad (FOREST WHITAKER). When they meet again at a restaurant for the first cross family get-together, the two men immediately clash again, to the chagrin not only of their kids, but also Lucia's mom, Sonia (DIANA-MARIA RIVA), and sister, Izzy (ANJELAH N. JOHNSON).

Things don't get any better when Marcus meets Lucia's ultra-traditional grandmother, Momma Cecilia (LUPE ONTIVEROS), or when his dad and friend T.J. (CHARLIE MURPHY) think marriage is a bad idea, although his other, married friend (TAYE DIGGS) thinks otherwise. Brad's longtime friend and lawyer Angela (REGINA KING) wouldn't mind hearing wedding bells either -- for herself -- but Brad has a reputation for going through many younger women.

As the wedding plans begin and quickly proceed, Lucia and Marcus must contend with their families' requests and demands for the event as well as their dads' continued feud.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It might draw teens looking for a date movie, and those who are fans of anyone in the cast might also be interested, but it doesn't seem likely preteens will be.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some sexual content and brief strong language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • AMERICA FERRERA plays a young women who's decided to drop out of law school so that she can marry Marcus and head with him for his job in Laos, but is only now getting around to telling her parents. She must then contend with their reaction to that, as well as her dad and Brad continuously feuding. She drinks some, lives with Marcus, and states she's had sex with him (we only see them fooling around some).
  • LANCE GROSS plays her fiancÚ, a doctor who's going to head, with Lucia as his new wife, to Laos to work for Doctors Without Borders. He loves her (and lives and has sex with her), but isn't pleased when she doesn't tell her family the truth or stand up to them. He drinks in several scenes.
  • FOREST WHITAKER plays his dad, a divorced deejay with a reputation for sleeping with a variety of younger women. He drinks in various scenes (a lot in one), has a racist attitude toward Miguel, and isn't terribly excited about the pending wedding or paying for it.
  • CARLOS MENCIA plays Lucia's dad, an auto and tow shop owner who isn't pleased to hear that his oldest daughter is now engaged to Marcus who he's only just met. He likes Brad even less than that, with the two clashing throughout most of the film, and he similarly shares some racist views about him. He drinks a lot in one scene, uses some profanity, and must contend with Sonia feeling that she's no longer desirable in his eyes.
  • REGINA KING plays Brad's longtime friend and lawyer who is secretly in love with him. They may sleep together in one scene, but she must contend with him going through many younger women.
  • DIANA-MARIA RIVA plays Miguel's wife who isn't pleased that he pays more attention to his cars than her, or about how he's acting toward Marcus and the surprise wedding announcement.
  • LUPE ONTIVEROS plays Lucia's grandmother who's shocked to see that Marcus is African-American and then wants nothing but a traditional Mexican wedding for them.
  • ANJELAH N. JOHNSON plays Lucia's younger adult sister who's supportive of her.
  • CHARLIE MURPHY plays Marcus' flamboyant friend who thinks he (Marcus) should continue playing the field rather than settle down.
  • TAYE DIGGS plays their more reserved and married friend who thinks "sex on the regular" is a good tradeoff for being henpecked.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, and off-screen sex occurs or is implied. Some brief fooling around is seen, and two comedy based scenes feature Viagra (one involving a man, another a goat).

    Some comedy-based violence and other such contact is present, as are bad attitudes (including racism, although played for comedy), and potentially imitative behavior.

    People drink in various scenes (including getting tipsy in one), while there's a brief drug-related comment. Bad attitudes are present, while there's brief crude humor, tense family material, and some thematic elements.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks in a bar.
  • Sonia reminds Miguel that he left a bottle of wine in the car, so he goes to get it and brings it back to the restaurant table. He and Brad then have some in glasses in front of them.
  • Miguel takes Marcus off to get eggs, but really takes him to the police station to do a fingerprint check on him. Miguel does his first to show he has nothing to hide, but the report comes back of an outstanding arrest warrant on him for public nudity. Miguel states that happened decades ago and adds that he was drunk, but then says no he wasn't as that would be illegal. He then says they were high, but then rescinds that as well.
  • We see bottles of champagne, but no drinking, during some food tasting for the wedding.
  • In an imagined bit (played for comedy) about who wedding guests will be seated with, we see champagne in several of those scenes (including some being thrown into a person's face).
  • Izzy has some champagne.
  • Marcus has a beer while Brad has one in front of him.
  • Lucia and Momma Cecilia have wine.
  • Marcus has a beer and Brad has a drink in a bar where miscellaneous drinking also occurs.
  • People have drinks in a club where a bartender (self-labeled as a mixologist) tosses liquor bottles about while preparing drinks. Only able to order from the short menu, Miguel and Brad both order a "pink nipple" and Miguel downs his in one gulp. We then see them drinking more, with additional empties in front of them, eventually resulting in both being tipsy (including Miguel accidentally spilling a lot onto a stranger). Both end up arrested, with Miguel attesting that to "too many nipples."
  • Brad has a drink and Marcus joins him.
  • Brad and Marcus have wine.
  • Brad has champagne from a glass, while Miguel and then Sonia drink directly from the bottle.
  • People have champagne at the wedding reception, including Izzy who appears intoxicated and is then seen passed out, while standing, with her head on a man's shoulder. We later see Miguel and some miscellaneous men with beers, while some snapshots shown during the end credits show wine, etc.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • When he hears about a dove request for the wedding, Brad comments on the acid in their droppings and what that would do to his outdoor furniture.
  • A guest at Brad's place asks if Brad has a plunger, all while waving his hand in front of his own nose to indicate the smell in the bathroom.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Lucia admits that she hasn't told her parents that she's seeing (and is now engaged to) Marcus, or that she's dropped out of law school.
  • Seeing that Miguel is about to tow his expensive car, Brad states he can't trust it with someone like Miguel, prompting some non-explicit racist comments traded between the two.
  • Seeing that Lucia's boyfriend is black, Miguel purposefully states, while existing a restaurant to retrieve a bottle of wine from his car, "I'll be right black."
  • Brad and Miguel share additional, non-explicit racist remarks toward each other, including use of "brother" and "hombre" and make a public scene in a restaurant.
  • Momma Cecilia faints and falls to the floor upon seeing that Lucia's boyfriend is black.
  • Miguel takes Marcus off to get eggs, but really takes him to the police station to do a fingerprint check on him (with the cop who's present saying it will check for various things, including sexual offenses). Miguel does his first to show he has nothing to hide, but the report comes back of an outstanding arrest warrant on him for public nudity. Miguel states that happened decades ago and adds that he was drunk, but then says no he wasn't as that would be illegal. He then says they were high, but then rescinds that as well.
  • Brad and Miguel continue to have bad attitudes toward each other, with Brad telling Miguel he can't use the guest bathroom or any others.
  • Brad gets into a singing rivalry with Miguel and some of his family members, with each trying to overpower the other.
  • Brad and Miguel argue over who will pay for the wedding.
  • Some Hispanic workers repeatedly ask Brad if he's sure his obviously expensive house is his.
  • In an imagined bit (played for comedy) about who wedding guests will be seated with, we see one older woman asking another if she's still "screwing" her husband. We then hear that the original couple never got divorced, followed by one woman throwing champagne into the face of the other and then comically starting to strangle the other.
  • In another imagined bit (also played for comedy), we see one man pawing a woman who then runs off.
  • In another imagined bit (also played for comedy), a parolee asks a kid by him, "F*ck you looking at, old time?"
  • Brad and Miguel argue about the color of their tuxes, and who should wear a white jacket.
  • Brad mockingly reminds Miguel what they say about "when you go black" (a sexual comment usually followed by "you never go back"), and Miguel finishes that with a sarcastic comment under his breath.
  • Miguel purposefully pitches a hard softball pitch into Marcus' back during a game.
  • Brad states about Miguel (but not in his presence) that he's "off" and "a little touched."
  • While trying out wedding cake in a bakery shop, Brad smears some in Angie's face, with her returning the favor. The two then get into a playful food fight in the shop (thus making a mess of the place).
  • While tipsy, Miguel dances close from behind with a woman in a bar (she's in a short dress that shows cleavage). This is a bad attitude as he's a married man.
  • Momma Cecilia stating that women never apologize to men as that's how they (the women) dominate men's minds.
  • While arguing about "black" vs. "Mexican" wedding cakes, one black woman sarcastically informs Momma Cecilia and another that they're now across the border.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Angie warns Brad that he doesn't want to wake up on the wrong side of a "pissed-off daddy's shotgun" (referring to him sleeping with younger women).
  • In an imagined bit (played for comedy) about who wedding guests will be seated with, a parolee is seated with police who reach for their handguns that we hear being cocked.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "F*ck you looking at, old time?" "Ah sh*t," "For sh*tz," "Too many nipples" (referring to the name of a drink), "Shut up," "Before you wake up on the wrong side of a pissed-off daddy's shotgun," "Bro," "Cuz," "Your crazy butt," "I'll be right black," "What the heck?" "Brother," "Hombre," "He's a jerk," "Ain't no shame in my game," "Trippin,'" "You're scaring the white people," "Slow your roll (or "role") before you lose your soul," "What the hell /is your problem/does she do all day?" "Dude is off," "A little touched" and "I used to be a cool chick."
  • As his car is towed away, Brad tries to stop that by holding onto the door handle and running alongside the car.
  • Lucia and Izzy playfully whack each other.
  • T.J. sings lyrics to a song aloud at an outdoor restaurant, all to make playful fun of Marcus.
  • Brad gets into a singing rivalry with Miguel and some of his family members, with each trying to overpower the other.
  • In an imagined bit (played for comedy) about who wedding guests will be seated with, we see a woman dancing atop a table.
  • While trying out wedding cake in a bakery shop, Brad smears some in Angie's face, with her returning the favor. The two then get into a playful food fight in the shop (thus making a mess of the place).
  • People have drinks in a club where a bartender (self-labeled as a mixologist) tosses liquor bottles about while preparing drinks.
  • While tipsy, Miguel does various wild dance moves.
  • Lucia sings aloud (off key) outside Brad's place as a way to tell Marcus she's sorry.
  • Brad has champagne from a glass, while Miguel and then Sonia drink directly from the bottle.
  • At a few points in the film, we see tattoos, including Angie having one on her shoulder, a miscellaneous guy having one on the front of his neck, and a miscellaneous woman having one on the back of her neck.
  • Various men toss Marcus up and down in the air as part of a wedding celebration.
  • Momma Cecilia grabs a younger man's clothed butt while dancing with him at a reception.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • Various songs had lyrics that we couldn't fully hear and/or understand, thus presenting the possibility that something potentially objectionable might be present in some of them.
  • A song has the lyric, "Your love was like a burning flame of desire."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 2 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("screwing"), 2 hells, 6 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "God," "Jesus" and "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • When Marcus says that Lucia's parents will love him, she states he blew that chance when he had sex with her. They start to kiss, clothed, with her on top of him, and his hands start to go up the back of her top, but phone calls interrupt them.
  • We see miscellaneous cleavage.
  • A woman comes on to Brad in a bar, and we next see him lying in bed facing away from her (toward the camera), presumably after they've had sex (or are about to do so), while she's dancing around in some lingerie (nothing explicit) and brushing her teeth.
  • Marcus jokingly tells Lucia that they can get a hotel room and burn up some time before having dinner with their families.
  • Lucia shows some cleavage.
  • Sonia shows some cleavage.
  • Wondering about the sudden wedding plans, Sonia exclaims to her daughter, "You're pregnant!" Lucia says no, as that isn't possible.
  • T.J. states that at Marcus' age, he should be out knocking over (bedding) women like bowling pins. As another friend's wife keeps calling him, T.J. makes fun of him being henpecked. That other friend then states the payoff is "sex on the regular," asking when T.J. last had that. He responds that there's no "shame in my game" and that it's the quality and not quantity of sex, with the other friend joking about T.J. paying for that.
  • Miguel takes Marcus off to get eggs, but really takes him to the police station to do a fingerprint check on him (with the cop who's present saying it will check for various things, including sexual offenses). Miguel does his first to show he has nothing to hide, but the report comes back of an outstanding arrest warrant on him for public nudity. Miguel states that happened decades ago and adds that he was drunk, but then says no he wasn't as that would be illegal. He then says they were high, but then rescinds that as well.
  • Brad and Angie do some playful dancing, with him then playfully running his hand down to her clothed butt. She asks if he's trying to touch her "booty" and he says yes.
  • We see Miguel in Brad's bathroom trying to figure out how to start the modern sink. During that, he opens a box and finds a box of condoms labeled "large" as well as Viagra. He ends up spilling the latter into the sink and then uses his mouth to suck up water to spit into a trashcan or something similar. He then walks out and joins the others, first putting a magazine and then a large pillow over his clothed crotch (standing and then seated). We don't know if that's from his pants being wet, him having an erection from the Viagra water, or a fear of getting one from that.
  • We briefly see Marcus shirtless.
  • In an imagined bit (played for comedy) about who wedding guests will be seated with, we see one older woman asking another if she's still "screwing" her husband. We then hear that the original couple never got divorced, followed by one woman throwing champagne into the face of the other and then comically starting to strangle the other.
  • In another imagined bit (also played for comedy), we see one man pawing a woman who then runs off.
  • Izzy asks Lucia if it's true what they say about black guys (meaning large genital size). Lucia responds by asking Izzy why she asks when she already knows.
  • Brad mockingly reminds Miguel what they say about "when you go black" (a sexual comment usually followed by "you never go back"), Miguel finishes that with a sarcastic comment under his breath.
  • Izzy and Lucia recall a past agreement they had about not getting married like someone they knew in the past who was always pregnant or getting pregnant.
  • Izzy wonders with Lucia what their mom does all day, and asks Lucia if she noticed how Sonia was looking at a vibrator they saw in a store. Lucia tries to be nice and say their mom probably thought it was something else, but Izzy says it was like finding water in a desert for their mom.
  • We see steamed up windows in a car where Lucia and Marcus are kissing, clothed, with him partially on top of her in the backseat (we don't see anything else).
  • Sonia reminds Miguel that they had some good times in their old convertible he's reconditioned (that's parked inside his shop), and then asks if he wants some more. She then straddles him in the front seat, taking him by surprise, and we hear an unzipping sound, but the front door opens and both fall out to the floor. He tells her to "get off" but then comments on what he means by that (not meant in the sexual sense). Izzy then sees them and is disgusted.
  • Lucia tells Marcus they just need to have fun. He playfully repeats that last word, with her replying "Not that kind of fun."
  • Sonia shows some cleavage watching a softball game.
  • While he's dressed and she's in a robe, Brad and Angie end up kissing on a sofa, but the scene ends there so we don't know what else happened.
  • While tipsy, Miguel dances close from behind with a woman in a bar (she's in a short dress that shows cleavage).
  • Lucia admits to her parents that she's been living with Marcus and that, yes, they've been having sex.
  • Angie arrives at Brad's place only to find he has a young woman there, wearing just one of his dress shirts.
  • A goat gets loose at Brad's place, races inside and into his bathroom where it ends up eating a bunch of spilled Viagra. The goat then charges Brad and pins him against the wall where it humps him (face to face) while both are standing.
  • Lucia shows cleavage in her wedding dress.
  • Momma Cecilia grabs a younger man's clothed butt while dancing with him at a reception.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Lucia admits that she hasn't told her parents that she's seeing (and is now engaged to) Marcus, or that she's dropped out of law school.
  • We hear that Brad is divorced.
  • Sonia isn't happy with Miguel about him forgetting Valentine's Day.
  • Brad and Miguel's constant arguing makes their kids feel uncomfortable and Sonia to be mad at Miguel for acting that way.
  • In an imagined bit (played for comedy) about who wedding guests will be seated with, we see one older woman asking another if she's still "screwing" her husband. We then hear that the original couple never got divorced, followed by one woman throwing champagne into the face of the other and then comically starting to strangle the other.
  • Sonia saying she used to be a "cool chick" before she was a wife and mom, and she wonders why Miguel thinks she looks fine, while his reconditioned car is sexy.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The comment that it's the bride and groom's marriage, but their families' wedding.
  • Racism.
  • Cross ethnic relationships.
  • Lucia not being able to tell her parents the truth about her boyfriend, engagement, or change in her profession.
  • Angie warns Brad that he doesn't want to wake up on the wrong side of a "pissed-off daddy's shotgun" (referring to him sleeping with younger women).
  • Sonia saying she used to be a "cool chick" before she was a wife and mom, and she wonders why Miguel thinks she looks fine, but his reconditioned car is sexy.
  • Momma Cecilia stating that women never apologize to men as that's how they (the women) dominate men's minds.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Miguel takes Marcus off to get eggs, but really takes him to the police station to do a fingerprint check on him. As Marcus agrees and goes to place his finger on the scanner, the cop knocks his hand away.
  • A construction worker accidentally hits the vase Brad is carrying, breaking it.
  • In an imagined bit (played for comedy) about who wedding guests will be seated with, we see one older woman asking another if she's still "screwing" her husband. We then hear that the original couple never got divorced, followed by one woman throwing champagne into the face of the other and then comically starting to strangle the other.
  • In an imagined bit, Brad thinks of his ex being hit by a bus (we don't see the actual impact but do see things flying into the air - played for comedy).
  • Miguel purposefully pitches a hard softball pitch into Marcus' back during a game.
  • A big man grabs and puts Miguel into a bear hug after the latter accidentally spills a drink on him (played for comedy).
  • While arguing about "black" vs. "Mexican" wedding cakes, Momma Cecilia and another woman smash a small cake, followed by struggling, with one woman grabbing a black woman by the hair and being shocked by yanking out part of her extension. We then see one woman pushing another woman's face toward the cake (all played for comedy).
  • A goat gets loose at Brad's place, destroys his bathroom, and then knocks over and breaks drinking glasses, etc. outside.
  • Two boys accidentally break a glass art piece in Brad's place.



  • Reviewed March 8, 2010 / Posted March 12, 2010

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