Plot: Anderson (Jason Biggs) has planned a memorable proposal, but just after he pops the question, his girlfriend has a heart attack and drops dead. A year later, he is still trying to cope with the loss of his true love and spends the bulk of his time isolated, unable to move on. His friend Ted (Michael Weston) pushes him to talk to women again and hopes a new romance will snap Anderson out of his rut. When he finally does talk to a girl, he chooses a beautiful waitress Katie (Isla Fisher) and instantly proposes to her, an offer she accepts. The situation started as a joke, but soon the two are getting to know each other and begin to connect more and more. But can two strangers fall in love and get married, or will this social experiment end in disaster?
Entertainment Value: This movie has a fun premise, but chases the usual romantic comedy tropes and in the process, turns into a middle of the road picture that isn’t memorable. The narrative starts off well enough, but instead of pursuing the more colorful story elements, Wedding Daze just turns into a by the numbers experience, which is a shame. The sense of humor has a little quirk at times, but is mostly standard stuff and doesn’t push the envelope, despite an R rating. I feel like there are times when the movie is poised to go into some dark humor, but it pulls back and goes for tame, forgettable humor instead. I do think Katie is an interesting character, but she is forced to play second fiddle to the generic Anderson. He remains a bland presence throughout the movie, despite Katie’s eclectic influence and that sinks the movie a little, having such a weak lead. But this is far from the worst romantic comedy I’ve seen, so for fans of the genre, there are some laughs to be had.
Isla Fisher is the best part of Wedding Daze, as she brings her usual offbeat sense of humor to the table, but the movie fails to take advantage. She gets a few chances to shine, but the movie seems content to just have her do basic things, instead of embracing her skill with darker, more outlandish material. If she was let loose and given some wild scenes to bite into, this could have been much more fun. I have to think she was toned down so that Jason Biggs wouldn’t seem even more generic than he does. He isn’t a bad choice for the uptight, forgettable male lead, but he leaves little impression and offers few laughs. I would have loved to see him get dragged through some outrageous scenes by Fisher, but the movie plays it too safe. The cast also includes Michael Weston, Joe Pantoliano, Margo Martindale, and Rob Corddry.