Almost Married Review
By Rich Cline
There's basically just one joke in this scruffy British comedy, and it's dragged out painfully for the better part of an hour before the script finally clicks into gear. Likeable actors help hold our interest until then, giving realistic performances even if everything about the movie is deeply implausible. And at least the final act has some genuine wit in it.
It starts three months before the wedding of Kyle and Lydia (Philip McGinley and Emily Atack), as Kyle's best man Jarvis (Mark Stobbart) takes him on a series of stag-night activities including naked paint-balling and a visit to a brothel. When Kyle discovers that he has a sexually transmitted disease, he decides not to tell Lydia. But how can he avoid sex until the final all-clear test in 90 days time? Jarvis offers several elaborate excuses, while Kyle chooses a more subtle approach. But even without knowing what's up, Lydia begins to doubt whether they should get married.
First of all, who plans a stag night three full months before the wedding? This is the kind of boneheaded logic that infuses the entire film and leaves us unable to believe anything that happens. Obviously, the real problem in this relationship isn't that Kyle has contracted an STD, but that he's unable to be honest with the woman he plans to marry. Writer-director Ben Cookson never even touches on this, instead barrelling on with the goofy antics.
Fortunately, McGinley and Stobbart create believable morons who care about each other, so we care about them too. Everyone on-screen does inexplicable things and fails to ask the blindingly obvious questions. But eventually, after racing around in search of yet another silly gag, the plot finally pays off in an amusing confrontation with the hooker (Laura Norton) and then a madcap family dinner. These scenes have so much bite to them that we wish Cookson had spent a lot more time working on the whole script.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 28th March 2014
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Cast & Crew
Screenwriter: Ben Cookson
Starring: Emily Atack as Lydia, Philip McGinley as Kyle, Bill Fellows as Lydia's Dad, Lynne Wilmot as Sue, Tracey Wilkinson as Wendy