Monday, August 20, 2007

Movie review - Wedding Wars

I normally avoid movies that depict gay and lesbian issues in ways that perpetuate long-standing clichés (such as the idea that all hair stylists and florists are gay) like the plague. Nevertheless, this is an excellent and heart-warming movie that, while using some stereotypes, still tries to bring across an important message: everyone (regardless of sexual orientation) has the same rights.

In Wedding Wars, John Stamos portrays the gay brother of Eric Dane. Stamos' character (Shel) is planning Ben's wedding to the daughter of a Conservative governor (this movie is set in the US). So when Shel finds out that Ben is opposed to gay marriage (as is Ben's future father-in-law) he goes on strike. His efforts soon gather national support and thus frustrate his brother's impending nuptials. You can rent it at pretty much any video store, worth watching. It's heart-warming and makes the point quite well.

While we are on the subject, the Vancouver Queer & Video Film Festival [Out on Screen] is on from August 16th to 28th, 2007. Shows sell fast, so you might want to run and get your tickets now. "The Picture of Dorian Grey" with David Gallagher [of Seventh Heaven fame] looks worth seeing. A Mexican-Canadian production, Super Amigos, is also on the roster.

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