This warm-hearted, often uproarious comedy concerns not so much the cliched soppy present rom-com fixations with the pratfalls leading up to the stupid big day, but all of the problems that come up cos of it-expense, venue, diet preferences, insufficient invites and spacing and most of all the melding of two very different families together. Directed with a keen eye and script for the details, director Alan Alda balances out the stress of a wedding build-up with the fun and he and Madeleine Kahn bounce off each other nicely as a married couple, Molly Ringwald underplays nicely, Ally Sheedy is particularly fine, and Catherine O'Hara, Joe Pesci, Burt Young and the then little-known Ant Lapaglia offer memorable and colourful support.
The big day itself, like the equally funny 2003 remake of 'The In-Laws'-with which it has a lot in common, is the last scene of the film and takes up very little time, it's unimportnat in film terms, it's just the necessary result of where all the coulrful madness before was leading too. And look who cute NipTucks Dylan Walsh is!
This 1990 treasure leaves the more recent 'wedding-day' diasters like 'My Best Friend's Wedding', 'Runaway Bride', 'Wedding Planner', 'P.S I Love You' etc. all dying at its altar.