Actor Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer, Comedy Central's Stella) wrote and directed this semi-indie film. Fans who know him know his humor is ridiculous, and there are moments when it shines brightly in Wedding Daze. Unfortunately, the script gets a little hokey, and when paired with some overacting, it heads south. Still, good chemistry between leads Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), a quality soundtrack and some great one-liners manage to make it more than salvageable.
When Anderson (Biggs) proposes to his girlfriend, she drops dead, prompting a year-long mope. At the prodding of a childhood friend, played by Michael Weston, (The Last Kiss), Anderson attempts to move on by randomly asking a waitress, Katie (Fisher), to marry him. Surprising to both of them, she says yes, but then they still have to deal with each other's neurotic families.
If the film were just about the two young stars and their friends, it probably would have found more success. Pals Ted (Weston) and Matador (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, The Lake House) provide interesting side commentary on the pair's situation. Anderson's and Katie's parents are all recognizable faces, but his alternatively sexual mom and dad and her incarcerated father and boringly Jewish toy-making stepdad all seem too much like caricatures.
There's no doubt that Black knows what funny is, and his directorial debut is definitely that, although often subtly so. With a little more practice, he'll be producing plenty of hit comedies from behind the camera to augment his ever-expanding resume in front of it.