OUR FAMILY WEDDING (12A) ** DIRECTED BY: RICK FAMUYIWA STARRING: FOREST WHITAKER, AMERICA FERRERA, CARLOS MENCIA
AMONG the onscreen indignities perpetrated against former Oscar winners, almost being raped by a goat hopped up on Viagra would have to rank pretty highly. That's the fate that befalls one-time best actor Academy Award recipient Forest Whitaker in this broad culture-clashing comedy about the familial discord that erupts when a Mexican-American girl (America Ferrara) announces her engagement to an African– American guy (Lance Gross).
Essentially Meet the Parents with a racial spin and a punchline bypass, the bulk of the film focuses on the enmity that erupts between Whitaker's father of the groom and Carlos Mencia's father of the bride as the nuptials are deliberated over. "Their wedding, our marriage," is the grin-and-bear-it mantra the happy couple keep repeating as slapstick prejudices rooted in their families' dysfunctions threaten to derail the big day.
Co-writer/director Rick Famuyima tries to inject proceedings with some heartfelt family drama and in those moments it's possible to see why Whitaker & Co signed on for the film, but too much lowest common denominator thinking sabotages any merits this might have had.