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Comedy among Cheshire set; DVDS.

The Wedding Video (Cert 15, 90 mins) Entertainment In Video, Comedy/Romance, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99) SHAMBOLIC oaf Raif (Rufus Hound) decides to make a video of his estranged brother's forthcoming nuptials as a present to the bride and groom. So the laconic best man turns up with camera in hand at the door of his brother Tim (Robert Webb), determined to immortalise every aspect of the preparations. The first surprise comes when Raif learns that Tim is engaged to Saskia (Lucy Punch), a booze-swigging wild child who was the scourge of their school days.

Saskia has been polished into a refined lady by her well-to-do mother, Alex (Harriet Walter), a doyenne of the Cheshire social set. As Raif spends more time with the soon-to-wed couple, he glimpses tiny cracks in the romance.

The Wedding Video is an uproarious comedy of appalling manners glimpsed through the lens of the best man's omnipresent camera. Nigel Cole's film amuses and charms in equal measure, relying on the excellent comic timing of the ensemble cast. Despite assurances to the groom that there will be "no swearing and no nudity'', Hound dances naked on a river bank, cusses like a trooper and gets very friendly with an expensive throw rug. He's an appealing narrator, who responds to one | HUMOUR: The girl's compliment that he is a good listener by confiding, "Compassion is nature's way of helping ugly men find a partner.'' Webb and Punch are well matched as the happy couple and Walter purses her lips with gusto as her matriarch heaps extravagance upon garish finishing touches. Scriptwriter Tim Firth, who penned Calendar Girls, spares the characters few blushes as excitement and expectation turns to anguish and despair. Rating: *** When The Lights Went Out (Cert 15, 84 mins) Revolver Entertainment, DVD PS15.99/Blu-ray PS17.99, Horror/Thriller) Wedding Video PAT Holden directs this indie Brit flick based on the true story of a 1970s Pontefract family whose lives were almost shattered by a malevolent spirit. Based on a tale with links to Holden's own family, Len (Steven Waddington) and his wife Jenny (Kate Ashfield) move into a council home with their teenage daughter Sally (Tasha Connor), hoping the move will provide some stability to their fractured family. They celebrate new beginnings with best friends Brian (Craig Parkinson) and Rita (Andrea Lowe), who glimpses a figure in the upstairs bedroom, but convinces herself that she must have seen a harmless shadow. As the ghost's grip tightens on the household, Len and Jenny turn in desperation to local priest Father Clifton (Gary Lewis), hoping his divine intervention might banish the evil.

Rating: ***


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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2013
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