THE PERFECT WEDDING, the 2012 film from first-time/full-length director Scott Gabriel and screenwriters Ed Gafney, Jason T. Gaffney and Suzanne Brockmann, is how geuinely concerned it seems with almost all of its characters, gay, straight, white, black, old, young, and so forth. In fact, the titular wedding involves a young woman intent on pleasing her parents, and her male fiance whose is willing to do whatever it takes to give everyone what they want.
Eric Aragon, right), his former lover, and that lover's good friend -- all of whom show up at the family's Florida mansion -- who end up being the center of attention here. Yet their carryings-on never detract from the concerns of the bride and groom nor from the siblings' parents, all of whom are pictured rather fully and warmly in this surprisingly sweet movie that wants to play fair by all its characters.
It does this, too, and in the process provides some genuine romance, comedy and charm. The ex-lover's friend, who accompanies him to the festivities, and who -- for purposes of plotting and drama -- must pretend to be the ex's current lover, is played by one of the screenwriters, Jason T. Gaffney.
The film also handles its various inquiries -- into AA, the problems of pretense, and who, finally, a wedding is really for (the participants or their parents) -- with directness and intelligence.
James Rebhorn (far left), a very good actor who only recently left us. Rebhorn does a lovely job in this, playing one of his sweetest and kindest roles.
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