Movie Review: A Very Merry Bridesmaid (2021)
Synopsis: Already feeling blue about turning 30 without following through on her dream to see the world, Leah knows her Christmas Eve birthday will largely be forgotten because her brother's wedding is on the same day. When lost luggage and a last-second change of venue requires the entire family to pitch in to make the wedding happen, Leah gives up on even celebrating her birthday. However, a long-time family friend goes out of his way to make sure that doesn't happen.
Review: After seeing this movie advertised multiple times, my wife and I added it to our library. Last night, we had a choice between this film and another Lacey Chabert Christmas movie and, deciding to change things up, went with the former. Unfortunately, it turned out not to be the right choice.
There are movies that end up being dull because they are very predictable and there are movies that end up being dull because nothing interesting happens in them. This movie manages to do both. Frankly, had it not been too late to start another film, we probably would have turned it off about halfway through.
After a lot of reflection, I realized the biggest problem with this movie is the fact the main protagonist, Leah (Osment) doesn't actually do anything to impact the film. Her main love interest, Drew (Deidrick), does all the romantic stuff and she does a minimal amount of work for the wedding. Her main contribution is helping her future sister-in-law, Julia (Leigh), find a replacement wedding dress by calling a friend who happens to be in that line of work and, even then, she waited until the last possible second to do it. Heck, she didn't even help at the school fundraiser she volunteered for. Drew winds up doing all the work for that as well.
As a result of this, I feel like there is nothing in this movie that is actually earned by Leah, making her happy ending seem a bit hollow. At minimum, she didn't do anything in the movie that made me actually care if she got a happy ending or not.
Also not helping this film was the whole wedding plot itself. It would have been one thing had the wedding been in jeopardy of not happening (bad weather, etc.) but, instead, it was more about the bride being upset she wasn't getting her "perfect" wedding.
Maybe if Julia was even remotely likable, I would have cared, but she honestly came off as being whiny and ungrateful. Even when she told people she appreciated them for their efforts, it didn't seem sincere and I was honestly hoping Leah's brother (May) would realize he was making a huge mistake and call it off. Heck, I probably would have given this film an "A" had he done that.
Final Opinion: By far the worst holiday movie I've seen this year. It's not worth your time unless you enjoy being bored.
My Grade: D