This movie came out 5 years ago, but I only recently found the movie on Netflix and added it to my list. I started watching this expecting a cheesy movie about marriage rights and how bigoted the other side was in this debate. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised by a beautiful movie (that was sometimes cheesy) that dealt with both sides of the gay marriage debate. The movie did not have a happy ever after ending, but it did have great moments.
In the movie, Eric Dane plays a speech writer (Ben) for a Republican governor in Maine. His character is also dating the governor’s daughter and proposes to her at the beginning of the movie. John Stamos plays Eric Dane’s sorta-out gay brother (Shel). Once the engagement is official, Ben’s fiance asks him to get his brother to be the wedding planner. From there, the movie gets going on a fun ride that is well worth watching.
If you haven’t seen this movie, you should. If you want to see John Stamos or Eric Dane shirtless, watch something else. For the most part, they keep their clothes on, which may be why Sean Maher stole the movie for me (no, he wasn’t shirtless either). Sean plays Ted, Shel’s boyfriend. Ted is a prosecutor living in a glass closet. Is he gay? Obviously. He just doesn’t exude the fact that he is gay with everyone around him. In one scene, after Ted gets outed in the national media, he and Shel get into a fight. One of the lines that struck me the most during this fight was when Ted said “Being gay meant that I didn’t have to spend a single minute thinking about marriage”. This was a powerful line that will need it’s own blog.
In the end, Wedding Wars was a great movie. This movie shows both sides of the debate in a rather nice light without the hatred that occurs in real life. Politicians have a job. They get elected. They need to get re-elected if they want to keep their job. Sometimes that means making hard decisions and making bad decisions. Are we really going to judge people based on one view or one decision?
If you have Netflix, add this to your list of movies. If you don’t have Netflix, sign up today. This is a great service that gets better and better. Once you sign up, add this to your list of movies. In the meantime, try to find a movie rental place like Blockbuster before they all go out of business and rent this movie. You will be glad that you did.