Jason Biggs found himself famous for starring in the "American Pie" films, but it seems as if the actor has never been able to get out from under his role from those films. "Wedding Daze" (also known as "The Pleasure of Your Company") sees Biggs directed by Michael Ian Black (famed for his role on the MTV variety show, "The State" and the recent Comedy Central show, "Stella"), who is making his directorial effort here.
Biggs stars as Anderson, an average guy who loses his girlfriend - who had just been flirting with the waiter) to what appears to be a heart attack (it's never explained?) in the midst of trying to propose to her in a cheap cupid costume. A while later, his friend pushes him to finally move on, but he takes this too literally, and proposes to a cute waitress named Katie (Isla Fisher) who he doesn't even really know. Um, ok.
After we flashback to the day before where she'd been debating about not marrying the guy who'd just proposed to her, Katie accepts his offer of marriage. Um, huh? So, the two start a random relationship together just like her parents did. The concept of a guy proposing marriage to a waitress he just met isn't without its potential (I suppose), but the director and writers seemed to have gone with an idea and not had much else behind it. To make matters worse, Black seems to have tried to blend his sort of surreal humor with a very straightforward, sitcom-y romantic comedy and the results are not so much funny as often awkward and strange.
It doesn't help that we really don't care much about these characters. Fisher is - as she often is - sweet and likable. However, Biggs once again plays sort of the sub-Woody Allen nervousness that he's always done since "American Pie" several years ago. The two actors give an attempt, but they don't have any chemistry with each other, and we end up not caring much about their relationship because it doesn't seem like the two actors believe in it, either. I wasn't even sure if they seemed like they really even liked each other, much less loved.
The whole thing becomes more and more contrived as it goes on, with a bizarre jail sequence and an even more bland wedding. I've liked Black's work in front of the camera ("Stella" had moments of brilliance here-and-there), but this directorial debut from the actor doesn't show much potential - it's just not very romantic and rarely funny.
VIDEO: "Wedding Daze" is presented by 20th Century Fox in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The screening copy of the film that was provided offered average image quality, with acceptable sharpness/detail and some pixelation and shimmering. However, this is still not the retail copy and unfortunately, I cannot make any final comments on it, as the final copy may offer differing image quality.
SOUND: The Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation remained dialogue-driven, with little surround use (and really, little need for surround use.) Audio quality was fine, with crisp, well-recorded dialogue and score.
EXTRAS: 3 deleted scenes.
Final Thoughts: The whole thing becomes more and more contrived as it goes on, with a bizarre jail sequence and an even more bland wedding. I've liked Black's work in front of the camera ("Stella" had moments of brilliance here-and-there), but this directorial debut from the actor doesn't show much potential - it's just not very romantic and rarely funny. Skip it.
The Film D+