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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Perfect Wedding 2021 * * * Stars


"There's so much you don't know about me". So quips a cray cray girl pal in 2021's The Perfect Wedding. Talk about the understatement of the year. 

So yeah, "Wedding" gives the Lifetime Network some needed "life" support. As something about a fiancee whose nuptials are called off because she has been set up by a jealous bestie, "Wedding" is a film that wants to overshadow its TV feel, a feel of which it can't escape. 

The Perfect Wedding has all the usual Lifetime perils. You got the murders (one by lethal injection), the fawning female obsessiveness, and the soap opera conniving. Hey, there's always a few people with screws loose in a Lifetime lifetime-r.  

The Perfect Wedding is also like a conspiracy thriller, a sort of whodunit or who-dun-did-it. It's a flick in which a traumatizing incident happens and then the protagonist has to pick up the pieces in order to get things back to normal. Tenika Davis in the lead as Lindsay, gives a seething performance that sort of separates her from everybody else. She plays detective in "Wedding" as she sifts through the events with a Snake Eyes precision. 

Bottom line: "Wedding" with its Philadelphia setting and sleuth-hound relentlessness, really wants you to take it seriously. The acting (or overacting) is standard here but hey, it's more about the story than anything else. No side character in The Perfect Wedding feels completely wasted (and there are a few of them). There's no plot detail that feels unhinged. Finally, "Wedding" moves at a decent clip as everything unfolds without too much exertion. 

"Wedding's" ending is criminality snare. It feels abrupt and non-climactic but it seems amicable considering everything damaged that came before it. I mean let's face it, in a world of over 2000 past Lifetime pics nothing ever really comes out to be "perfect". Natch. 

Written by Jesse Burleson

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