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Polish Wedding [DVD]

Claire Danes , Gabriel Byrne , Theresa Connelly    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claire Danes, Gabriel Byrne, Lena Olin, Jon Bradford, Ramsey Krull
  • Directors: Theresa Connelly
  • Writers: Theresa Connelly
  • Producers: Geoff Stier, Gregory Goodman, Julia Chasman, Nick Wechsler, Richard S. Wright
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BZNIT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,629 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The members of the Polish-American clan the Pzoniaks share one family trait: a propensity to make their love lives as complicated as possible. The tempestuous mother, Jadzia (Lena Olin), may have her husband and sons firmly under control, but her daughter Hala (Claire Danes) is of a more wilful temperament. Inevitably the mother/daughter relationship becomes strained as Hala resolves to take her life into her own hands.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average family based drama. 19 July 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Polish Wedding centers around the Pzoniak's, a Polish immigrant family living in America. The mother of which, Jadzia, is an active member of the local 'Polish Women's Organization', although unbeknown to her husband her activity within the 'PWO' is just a front to cover her affair with another man. Her daughter Hala is a high school drop out, who is chosen by their local catholic church to represent the 'innocence of the Virgin Mary', though secretly she has been seeing a young neighbourhood policeman and is far from a virgin and in fact pregnant.
There are a few laughs along the way, but overall 'Polish Wedding' is pretty average stuff. It does have a certain charm to it, Claire Danes is always watchable though the plot does seem to plod along aimlessly in places.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars POLISH wedding..? Hogwash! 25 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
Well, the movie is fun enough. But if one expects to see anything even remotly Polish in way of religious rites, traditions, customs or community wise, you will be completly disappointed. It's all a happy amateur's fantasy. The research is non-existing. Not even the "traditional" folklore dress of some of the actors in the movie comes close to something remotly Polish. A complete fantasy. The movie is just another cheap hogwash of German-american prejudices against Americans of Polish descent. Call it anything BUT a POLISH wedding.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Polish Wedding 26 Jun 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is great drama/comedy about a disfunctional polish family and their ways of living it is a very funny movie which stars the gorgeous Gabriel Byrne and the very talented Clare Danes. If you love comedy or drama movies...then this is your cup of tea. Take my advice...buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  64 reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is Not ALWAYS Funny 23 Jun 2001
By "ohsuzannah" - Published on Amazon.com
Life is not ALWAYS funny, and neither was this movie, but I have to believe it was not meant to be. The characters and setting are rich and believable (isn't this what movies and books are about-- suspension of disbelief, and being taken to another time and place?).
No, I didn't sit there and laugh the whole time, but I did feel deep emotion throughout the movie. Anger, indignation, pride, empathy, amazement (Lena Olin's character is quite a wildwoman), joy, curiosity, sadness, pity, regret, hope... and the list goes on.
No, darlings, it's not a Jim Carrey brainless comedy, and it's not a Minnie Driver brainy comedy, either. It is a drama that is funny occasionally because life is funny occasionally. (Sometimes you either laugh or you cry, you know. This movie is an excellent example of that.)
And if that weren't enough, well then, what about watching it for Gabriel Byrne? He is compelling as the Polish, chain-smoking, flour-dusted baker-- husband to the dashing and determined Lena Olin and father to the fresh and curious Claire Danes. Byrne's performance is reason enough to watch this film. For one thing, his accent is absolutely perfect. The viewer is not reminded that this is an Irishman, because he plays the Pole through and through.
Though Olin's character seems to be running the show, one look at Byrne sitting on the steps blowing smoke into the sky and flashing his dark-fringed moody blues is enough to make you feel this man knows what's going on. He's no dummy. But he accepts the imperfections in his life because, well, life isn't perfect. Unlike most of us, he is finding contentment in a world that would leave most wanting. There are no cellphones, cable TV, or credit cards, no designer clothing, nothing trendy at all in this movie, yet the world of the characters is complete, and in turn, the story is focused on the people and what is truly important in their lives. SO different from many movies these days.
This is simply the story of a Polish family in Detroit who are trying in their own way to be who they are (some of them still trying to find out who they are). After seeing the story unfold before me, I felt like I had a taken a glimpse behind closed doors. I'd say that makes the movie effective, wouldn't you?
I would happily watch this movie again and again.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUIRKY, AMUSING, HUMANIZING 4 May 2005
By VINCENT P TARSITANO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I do not own the DVD. I own the soundtrack cd (great score!). But, I must say that there was a lot to enjoy in this movie. Quirky is just fine with me. And then, to be able to look at the fabulous Lena Olin!! I, too, am from an "ethnic" family, and, thus, look at portrayals of ethnic people with a particularly sensitive eye. In that light, I must say that I did not find anything so terribly or intentionally offensive in the portrayal of characters or nationalities here. As an adult, hopefully one realizes that there is a great deal of variety within each ethnic group. There is a lot of universal stuff here, too, as it relates to family and humanity. In fact, if the subject here had been Italians, this film might have been directed by Giuseppe Tornatore ["Cinema Paradiso," "Malena"]. I agree with other reviewers who recommended that some viewers need to take a chill pill and see the humanity and universality here. VERY MUCH WORTH A LOOK. Ciao!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't see the beginning.... 27 May 2003
By J. Harvey Holcombe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
... and, in fact, I didn't even know the name until I came here and looked this movie up for reference to see its name. But, I watched it just last week on HBO, and I was absolutely riveted. I was flipping channels, and I ended up watching the entire thing standing up in my living room!
I have read the other reviews here, but I will say this movie captured my imagination and I found the portrayals by Lena Olin and Gabriel Byrne to be particularly stirring. Claire Danes was fine in a supporting role, but it was the tension and love between her parents which really moved me.
Perhaps my imagination was captured so readily because my family immigrated from Poland some 70 years ago, and I wanted to see this portrayal of Polish life and community. But what stayed with me was the breathless tension between Jadzia and her husband, the power this beautiful woman had over him, the confusion and strength in his silence, the seeming clumsiness of her values, their stumbling around their own lives and loves. There is something quite endearing about the wanton way in which they live and love.
It may not change the world, but this movie certainly transported me for an afternoon.
Highly recommended.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie ...A few dumb reviews 6 Aug 2003
By TruHopHipDoll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I tend to miss the very beginning and the end of this movie, nevertheless it's a good movie. I decided to browse the reviews on it to see if I'm truely missing out on a great ending. I was surprised to see a few reviews that were pointless. Critizing the setting and the background of the story as being unbelievable, threw me way off. Apparently, there's a few things that those reviewers should know in order to better appreciate this movie.
1. In the Midwest (Detroit is considered a part of the midwest)there are cities that are still segragated (for lack of a better word) to an extend based on ethnic background. People are born, live and die without ever living outside the 2 mile radius of their neighborehoods.
2. 5th-7th generation Polish-Americans tend not to have a distinct stereotypical cartoony accent.
3. People still hang their laundry out to dry. Where do you think "Downy" got 'Summer Breeze" from?
4. Ethnic movies like this one and " My Big, Fat Greek Wedding" are usually made by people of that ethnic background. There is a difference regarding poking fun at your own background, your ethnic background, racial stereotypes, and racial truths. Both of these movies seem to be poking fun at life in general from their observation. You have to be very small minded to think that any ethnic movie represents an entire race. If you felt that these movies are stereotypes, I suppose you might say the same thing about "The Joy Luck Club" or "Soul Food".
5. And lastly, why do I feel the need to make these points? I'm from the Midwest and I noticed the reviewers who made those un-supported critisms are from the Soutn and West coast and I'm guessing have never lived in the Midwest. Polish Wedding holds true to a realistic setting that I can compare to the Polish-American neighborhoods of Milwaukee, WI, from which I was born and raised.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Hamtramck! 10 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I love this movie, mainly because the city that it is set in, Hamtramck, is where my mother and grandparents were born. Being 3rd generation Polish-American in Detroit, I can really relate to this movie, Polish mothers tend to be the final word in the family, much like Lena Olin's character in the movie. Over all it's a very good movie, touching and funny, especially when Lena Olin and her four sons go after the boy who impregnated Hala (Claire Danes) with hockey sticks. It was very touching to see the church featured in the movie, St. Florian's, because it has long been an integral part of my family. A fantastic movie, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good movie that is NOT a "chick-flick" but one of those movies that makes you feel better about life in the long run.
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