Genre Guesstimation – Betsy’s Wedding (1990)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Emily of The Flapper Dame and we will be reviewing our favorite Wedding Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to emswedding@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Emily!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Wedding Movies.

“I’m a cop, and you’re… not. ” – Connie Hopper

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After their daughter announces her impending wedding, a businessman and his wife try to give her the best wedding possible, but the extended families of the young couple all want to help which causes even more problems.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for a very very long time and for some reason never got around to it.

I’ve always been a fan of Alan Alda’s work and hoped that his work on this film as both director and actor would help make things even more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case here.

The premise seems to be a good one, but is quite ineffective in the way things are presented here.

The story feels much too mediocre and besides not bringing anything new or unique to us with this film, the characters all seem very underdeveloped which hurts things even more.

The cast of this film is actually spectacular and that’s also a problem because the long list of talented actors that are part of this film are all wasted.

Besides Alda, Molly Ringwald, Madeline Kahn, Alley Sheedy, Dylan Walsh, Joey Bishop, Anthony Lapaglia, Joe Pesci, Burt Young and Catherine O’Hara lend their talent to this film yet none are able to make it more intriguing or entertaining.

The story itself meanders along too much and ends up venturing into some weird territory which hurts things even more.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t work well enough. Alda is a great actor and director, but this film just feels much too mediocre and doesn’t manage to bring anything really unique to the forefront. The cast is great, which is a problem since they all seem wasted in these roles. Alda, Ringwald, Kahn, Sheedy, Walsh, Bishop, Lapaglia, Pesci, Young and O’Hara are all very talented actors but none of them really have much to do that is interesting.  The story meanders into some pretty weird territory along the way which hurts things instead of making it more entertaining.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The last movie Alan Alda directed. In a 2016 interview with podcaster Marc Maron, Alda indicated he didn’t enjoy directing Betsy’s Wedding, adding, “I didn’t have fun.” When Maron asked why, Alda declined to elaborate, saying “Never mind.” He goes on to say “A young director once said of an actor he didn’t like working with ‘Was he hard to work with?’ ‘I don’t remember'”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Has some fun scenes and characters, but overall doesn’t manage to entertain enough.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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