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Kiss the Bride [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tori Spelling , Philipp Karner , C. Jay Cox    DVD
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  • Actors: Tori Spelling, Philipp Karner, James O'Shea, Joanna Cassidy, Tess Harper
  • Directors: C. Jay Cox
  • Writers: Tyler Lieberman
  • Producers: C. Jay Cox, Bob Schuck, Jennifer Schaefer, Les Williams, Paul Colichman
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,483 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Friday night popcorn and candy 5 Sep 2010
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Film-maker C. Jay Cox (the writer/director of LATTER DAYS) has gone for a very different feel with KISS THE BRIDE - more mainstream, with none of that film's poignant intensity. (To a great extent, KISS THE BRIDE can be read as a 'romantic comedy' for the queer market.)

Matt (Philipp Karner) is a late-20s magazine writer in San Francisco, very much subsumed into the young/gay/middle-class lifestyle. He receives a wedding invitation: his former high school love, Ryan, is getting married. Naturally this stirs up painful memories for Matt, so he returns to his home-town intending to persuade Ryan to call off the wedding... unfortunately, he didn't factor in the appeal of Matt's fiancé, Alex (Tori Spelling).

KISS THE BRIDE is largely successful as pure, unchallenging, entertainment. Some snappy (if at times over-worked) dialogue, plenty of handsome torso shots from the chiselled looks of Matt and Ryan, easily-recognisable characters and uncomplicated emotions. In short: it's flawless as Friday night don't-want-to-think-too-much trivia. (Think 'Will & Grace' meets 'American Pie'.) The cast do well with this material; Tori Spelling exudes her usual infectious charm, Steve Sandvoss is superb as a secondary character, and Philipp Karner (Matt) is an undiscovered jewel.

Light-hearted (with the addition of a much-welcome swipe at the pathetic assimilationist claims of gay marriage advocates), KISS THE BRIDE is more suited to a one-off rental than as a permanent fixture in a DVD collection. Endearingly unchallenging fluff - perfect, if that's what you're in the mood for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light and not too challenging 8 Dec 2011
"Kiss the bride" is one of those comedies you can watch during lazy afternoon, when there's nothing else to watch. The storyline is not complicated (a gay is invited to a straight-wedding of his old-flame, first gay love). Of course bride-to-be appears to be a very nice, uber-friendly girl (Tori did her best here) so our gay hero is really torn (as well as his straight mate).
If it sounds slightly familiar to you, don't look any further than this film itself. In one of the dialogues pops-up a title of another "wedding" comedy and that is "My best friend's wedding". Yep, "Kiss the..." has some resomblence to its predecessor, unfortunately is not equally wonderful.
Anyway, although it's not on my shopping list, I don't regret the time I spent watching it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted, with a twist 27 Oct 2011
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This is no "Latter Days" (same writer) but then such a comparison would be unfair. "Kiss the Bride" is really something much different, and whilst many would describe it as light-hearted comedy, I would say it was much more than that. The story is actually quite unique, and explores the love one man has for another outside the traditional understanding of homosexuality. The ending surprises, and whilst it is not the end one expects (or dare I say wants), it is both sincere and understandable.

For those that have fallen in love with their best friend, this movie will have a deeper resonance, and much of the angst contained within that reality will be reminiscent of your own turmoil. This is made even more complicated when your best friend loves you back, but cannot (for unexplained reasons of his own) accept the consequences of choosing that love. Indeed to choose such a love in the face of what family, society and friends demand, takes great courage and character. Not many have the strength to take a stand in this regard, whereas others have not only the strength but also the determination to make it work. This is the fundamental difference between the two characters of Matt and Ryan. Whilst both are deeply in love with each other, only one had the courage to do something about it.....or did he.

Filled with comic relief and beautiful people, makes the movie even more palatable than is needed. As a story it succeeds on its own, and the beauty is but an add on feature (much appreciated I might add) which gives the movie a necessary sexual electricity. The dynamic between Matt and Ryan is almost tangible, and yet at the same time so desperately sad.

I really liked this movie, and after having watched it was thrown back to the time when I, like Matt learnt the hard way that fantasy and expectation, are not always the truth.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good to see steve sandvoss again 24 Jan 2009
By Aragorn the Traveler - Published on
this review is actually written by bruce's longterm life-partner, dennis milam."kiss the bride" was nicely written and paced and the acting was overall good. it was refreshing to see a same-sex romance that did not have to end either tragically or madly-in-love but was more realistic. the special treat was seeing steve sandvoss on the screen again. after his debut in "latter days" i'd hoped he'd be discovered and his talent would be recognized. he's kept working steadily according to his website. here,he gets a chance to play a comedic role. he is so good he disappears into it. it took a while to realize who the actor was! his comedic timing was sharp and he made the goofy character come alive and be lovable. the scenes at the stripper club parking lot were memorable. on a more superficial level,it was good to see him with facial hair.i'd seen him with it on his website/other films. however, he's not just another handsome face but has real talent.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's 3 in the afternoon...and I'm Drunk 3 Jan 2009
By N Eld - Published on
This is a fun film, showing that Tori Spelling is more then just her last name. She shines in her role as Alex, a quirky fun-loving woman about to marry. What she doesn't know is that her husband to be used to be with another man. With a great soundtrack done by Levi Kreis this is a WORTH WATCH!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Script!!! 15 Dec 2008
By LA Comedian - Published on
Sure, there were problems with the movie, but the script was dead on. Keep your eye on the first time screenwriter, Ty Lieberman. You're going to see big things from him!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A film as good as "Shelter" this one ain't............. 17 Dec 2008
By JUST A REVIEWER2 - Published on
((Here is my approach to obtaining/viewing/reviewing Gay tales in film form. Simply, it's seeking the holy grail of that genre, or looking for the "Addictive Film"---that movie one returns to time and again). Selection/purchase is based mainly on finding new releases by favorite directors/screenwriters and your comments/reviews at various on-line sites. Sometimes I feel correctly steered by you (the "Keepers" filling my DVD shelves), other times mislead, occasionally badly (the "Throwaways"----and I do toss 'em). Rarely, I come across the "Addictive," those watchable every couple of months or so (see below starred *** area for a list......and some of the "near-Addictive" as well). For some movies, I'll share a review with you, as follows. Thanks for sticking with me so far.))

I'll admit that on first watching I was mightily disappointed, particularly in view of what I consider C. Jay Cox's much better, gay-related work, "Latter Days (Unrated Edition)." However, repeat viewings of "Bride" have resulted in my initial impression taking on a somewhat more positive spin, as you may gather from other of my comments, below. In this work it seems the director and writer are trying to, make that that sexual preference (if not also orientation), is not just a black or white, a yes or no thing; rather it's a continuum and can change over time. Still, even if you consider that theme to be well handled, in no way does this production come close to achieving/maintaining the high interest levels being attained by that other recent gay film, "Shelter," directed by newcomer Jonah Markowitz.}

If by now you're wondering, this movie......if it's a "seriocomedy." It is NOT a gay romance (although at an earlier, teenage time in our two male leads' lives, there might have been the beginning spark of romance). No, come to think of it, even then it was more likely to have been just youthful lust. So, with that out of the way, you might ask how this production works as a semi-serious comedy. On this, all I can say is that in such a genre, comic timing is everything, and I suspect that comedy performance has not been in the background of either of our male leads (but older, supporting cast members Tess Harper and Robert Foxworth keep the chuckles coming fairly reliably). Karner / O'Shea almost get it on the button at times.......but a successful comedy needs more than "almost" when it comes to timing. Still, what Philipp Karner (Matt) does do well is deliver sincerity---and you're going to like him for that. And then there's James O'Shea (Ryan), who effectively gives us a "confused sweetness"---you'll fall for that as well. Oh, yes, and he also "puts out" for us in the form of a good looking face and an excellent body (and er, ahem, that includes a great ass and a nice package---more than enough there to have shared with a Karner, who could stand a "boost" in those departments). As for Spelling, I'm not a "Tori-fan," but she does come across as miles better here than she was in another gay film, "Trick."

Along with secondary character actress Amber Benson, we also have Steve Sandvoss, and both are "carryovers" from "Latter Days." Sandvoss' character and a "buddy," played by Michael Medico, are given fairly frightful parts in the opinion of this viewer. Even so, it's too bad that whoever put together/approved the Cast List for the film's Closing Credits didn't know enough to realize they'd gotten these two player's character names reversed (that must make one feel good as an actor).

One last point, for those of you who might keep up with such things: Karner does get from O'Shea a lot better lip-locks (both in quality and number) than does Spelling. How about them apples?

PS--This DVD won't get tossed out in the trash (as some have been)----but it's hardly likely to make it onto this viewer's "Addictive" list*** either. Oh, and we appear to have a couple of Ty Lieberman fans here; which is fine---although they don't appear to have reviewed anyone else's films at this site.

***Other films which are habit formers: "Just a Question of Love" / "Brokeback Mountain" / "Boy Culture" / "All Over the Guy" / "Second Skin (Unrated Version)" / "The Man I Love" / "The Man of My Life" (perhaps for older, gay-thinking viewers) / "OH HAPPY DAY (DVD MOVIE)" (do youselves a big favor and see this one) / "Fashion Victims" (only on Region 2 disc so far---try Amazon.comUnitedKingdom).

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing in parts, but overall a disappointment. 5 Dec 2008
By Bob Lind - Published on
You say you always wanted to see a gay version of Julia Roberts' "My Best Friend's Wedding"? Well, the Here!TV made-for-cable film "Kiss the Bride" (2007) comes pretty close, but nowhere near as good or funny.

Matthew (Philip Karner) is the editor of a San Francisco-based gay magazine, working on a special article about gay marriages, and being deluged by invitations by couples wanting their ceremony to be featured. Among the pile of invitations, he spots one with the name of his boyhood best friend (and first lover) back in New Mexico, Ryan (James O'Shea) who - to Matthew's surprise - is marrying Alex, a woman, played by Tori Spelling. Matthew decides to attend the wedding, and satisfy his curiousity as to whether Ryan is indeed gay and, if so, perhaps talk him out of getting married. A very colorful supporting cast dictates much of the action from there, first mistaking Matthew for the stripper hired for Alex's bridal shower (Trivia note: the stripper that eventually shows up is Dean McDermott, Tori's real-life spouse), and then being invited to stay with Ryan and Alex in their guest room, in between outings with their respective dysfunctional families.

I get the feeling that the screenwriter was going for some sort of "message" beyond the normal scope of a fluffy romantic comedy, but I came away unsure what that message was supposed to be. Obviously, he was making a point that sometimes people make wrong choices because they feel powerless to do otherwise, or perhaps he was saying that gay/straight sexuality is not a matter of black and white, but of shades of gray. In any case, the message is muddled with a sophmoric storyline, with some "what were they thinking?" moments (such as when Matthew is caught in bed with Alex, and reportedly is aroused) and weak direction. I found the acting capable, for the most part, with Spelling actually pretty good, with the weakest link likely Karner, whose character carried most of the scenes. Currently on rotation on Here! TV, and available on DVD (extras include lengthy background and deleted scenes which make the direction seem even more questionable). More disappointing than awful, and has a few amusing moments. I give it three stars out of five.
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