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  • Summary: England, 1932. Today is the wedding day of Dolly Thatcham, and her family is arriving at the manor house with all the cheerfulness, chaos and grievances that bubble to the surface at such gatherings. Trouble soon appears in the shape of Joseph, Dolly's lover from the previous summer, who throws her feelings into turmoil. Dolly's mother will not allow her carefully laid plans for her daughter's future to be threatened, and as the clock ticks, the bride can't decide whether to run away with Joseph or start a new life in Argentina with her husband-to-be. (Tribeca Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Dec 4, 2012
    Rice's style is pitched somewhere between Merchant Ivory and Wes Anderson, favoring shots of sad, pretty people looking bereft in elaborately elegant rooms. But it's Jones and Treadaway, both seething volcanoes trapped behind artfully pallid faces, who turn what could've been a candy-coated comedy of manners into a complex, melancholic farce.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 4, 2012
    A sustained balancing act between dry upper-crust cynicism and pent-up passions, Donald Rice's Cheerful Weather for the Wedding maintains its uneasy stasis long enough to frustrate some romance-hungry viewers while tantalizing those for whom withheld pleasure is the whole point.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Dec 5, 2012
    Without a source as rich as Jane Austen to draw on, Cheerful Weather feels incomplete, caroming off previous stories without forging its own way.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Dec 4, 2012
    A costumer that's well named for being pleasant and conventional but little more.
  5. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 13, 2012
    There is one bright spot. Ellie Kendrick plays Dolly's silly, breathlessly romantic little sister, Kitty.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Dec 4, 2012
    The costumes are gorgeous, and the settings are plush, but the acting is merely serviceable, and the film lacks either the wit or the energy of its predecessors. Long before it ends, you find yourself indifferent to the fate of the mismatched lovebirds or anyone else in the tale.
  7. Reviewed by: Thomas Hachard
    Dec 6, 2012
    The Donald Rice film suffers most from an excessively blunt approach.

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  1. Jul 29, 2014
    I love action films, but I also love to slow down sometimes and watch a film like "Cheerful weather for the wedding", where all the characters are impossibly hilarious or ridiculous or both. Films where the main character is lovable, however, somewhat strange and disconnected. I loved the scenes with the little boy and the old man, I laughed every time. To me, those kinds of films are what the Brits do best, or one of the things that they do best...No guns, no action, but pure humour and family drama with interactions between the characters that bring to mind some of the memories from my own childhood. Beautiful and riveting both story and characters. T. Expand