The trailer for Max Winkler’s debut feature, Ceremony has me feeling all corn-fused and upside down. Usually, romantic comedies turn me off; this, I’d consider seeing . Normally, I’d immediately fall for the quirky underdog and though Sam (Michael Angarano, Red State, Almost Famous, “24”) is cute in a way and clearly witty and funny, he’s also short and annoying. The female lead is often sympathetic and likable, but I find Uma Thurman’s Zoe thoroughly dull and I kept wondering why either of the leads would be attracted to her (other than her outward beauty). Lee Pace (A Single Man, The Fall, “Pushing Daisies”) is clearly supposed to be the pompous ass we don’t like (because the girl really belongs with the quirky underdog), but that’s not happening at all. It’s Lee Pace! He’s hot! And he has an accent! So as I mentioned, I’m terribly confused and I need your help. Is it just me, or is this thing all backwards?
Reece Thompson (Rocket Science) plays Sam’s best friend, Marshall, duped into what he thinks is a guy’s weekend together but is really Sam’s plan to stop Zoe’s wedding. The film also stars Rebecca Mader (“No Ordinary Family, Lost”) and Jake M. Johnson (No Strings Attached, Get Him to the Greek). Winkler’s script is meant to turn our expectations against us and if the film is anything like the trailer, I’d say he has succeeded. But I am guessing that Uma ends up with Lee, as any sane woman would.
Ceremony opens at theaters April 8, 2011.
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