10 February 2014

Quickie Movie Review: "Come Dance at My Wedding"

Rated: Not Rated (Dove approved for ages twelve and up)
Starring: Brooke Nevin, John Schneider, and Roma Downey
Released: January 19, 2010 (DVD)
Synopsis: The father she didn't know...the love she never knew she needed.  Despite the loss of her mother, Cyd (Brooke Nevin) is marrying her high school sweetheart.  When she looks to sell her dance studio, she finds out her long-lost father (John Schneider) is a co-owner, and re-establishes a connection with him.  Finding each other helps Cyd and her father uncover what's really important in life...and, together, they discover a reason to celebrate the joyful wedding.  As seen on the Hallmark Channel.
(Adapted from the back cover of the DVD; first sentence taken from the front cover of the DVD.)

My Review: In a word: Mediocre.  Though there's nothing terrible about this movie, there's nothing all that great either.  It's a bit enjoyable while it lasts, but, despite its touching moments, it's not one that most viewers are likely to remember in the years to come, unless you are fanatical about dance flicks.  Probably the most negative aspect of the film is the character of Cyd's father, who is far too perfect.  Seriously: He is a handyman, a great chef, an amazing dancer, great with kids, and adored by all the women? Can you say, "Mary Sue"? As for the film as a whole: Couldn't John Schneider and Roma Downey find something better than this in which to have a starring role? Either watch Come Dance at My Wedding on TV or borrow it from the library, but don't purchase it.  (I did, and wish I hadn't.)

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: A few kisses, and mention of an "action-packed honeymoon". 4/5
  • Nudity: Right many scenes have women wearing low-cut dresses; short dresses/shorts, off-the-shoulder tops, and bare midriffs are also seen a time or two each. 3.75/5
  • Language: One usage each of the d-word and h-word; God's name is also misused once. 4/5
  • Violence: A guy crashes to the dance floor, but isn't badly hurt. 4.5/5
  • Drugs: Alcoholic beverages are consumed on two separate occasions. 3.75/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: A guy gets upset and storms out of the dance studio. 4.5/5
Score: 2.5/5

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