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You May Now Kiss The Scribe…

September 22nd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Weddings are great. They are tremendous celebrations of love, life and devotion. And they usually include excessive alcohol and cake-fueled  receptions. What could be better?!

I was lucky enough to attend a family wedding this past weekend, and the event went off without a hitch, so to speak. That’s a good thing – for the bride, groom and their families, but wedding mishaps, accidents and unexpected surprises can make for great dramatic fodder in a screenplay. The cinema universe is full of wedding-related stories, from the recent “Rachel Getting Married” to “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Wedding Crashers,” and Robert Altman’s underappreciated 1978 “A Wedding,” to name a handful. After all, drama is conflict – and comedy flows from unexpected or surprising associations/actions – so wedding ‘snafus’ are the icing on the wedding movie cake, to strain a metaphor.

So it’s no accident that so many movies have included wedding themes or plotlines. After all, it’s a loaded subject – ripe for exploitation dramatically, comically or simply as a plot device. Serious wedding-themed films often deal with hidden secrets, or conflicts between generations, while comic films involving nuptials frequently emphasize timing or character. Occasionally, there’s a film which combines comedy, drama and insight along with a wedding theme. “The Graduate,” anyone?

The romantic atmosphere at weddings feels contagious – though in a good way… Pairings often occur, it seems, at these emotionally-charged celebrations, suggesting that well drinks and blaring music can make strange bedfellows (literally). It’s subject matter begging to be written down: no matter what wedding you attend, someone invariably tells a tale of excess at a previous wedding that will seem unbelievable – until stories surface from the current event. Weddings are like the Rites of Spring. And what’s wrong with that?!

So next time you’re at a wedding, look around you. Everybody at your table or sitting beside you on a church pew probably has a wedding story. Have you written yours yet?

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