Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Oscar Kightley, Iaheto Ah Hi, Shimpal Lelisi, Robbie Magasiva, Teuila Blakely
Director: Chris Graham
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: Magnolia Pict Hm Ent Release Date: 07/29/2008 Run time: 97 minutes Rating: Pg13
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Brittni H. (venus) from BATON ROUGE, LA
Reviewed on 4/10/2010...
This flick fresh from the Kiwi Crowd is a surprising gem (oy, did I actually type that?). The characters in most movies can seem to be far too similar to each other, and here each of the four main characters have distinct personalities and a very tangible bond between themselves.
After enduring the college movie comedy tsunami full of title after title sporting plots which can be summed up as, 'college guy wants girl, college guy models naked, college guy then shags somebody whom he cannot remember at a party, college guy searches the campus in an anti-cinderalla twist looking for his mystery lay, and inevitably falls for his best friend (also the anonymous female he got busy with) in an ending none of us saw coming', Samoan Wedding was such a nice change of pace.
For a slightly older crowd (30's), the four men in the story have Peter Pan syndrome and ruin party after party with their wild antics. Finally, the church has no other recourse but to ban them from future weddings. What's fun is how they respond, yet the movie retains a human element, too. If you know little of Samoan culture, you will also not be lost. Pop it in and give it a spin!
Will the wedding party be a party or a wedding?
Charles Eggen | Springfield, Oregon, USA | 01/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sione is getting married. He has decided that he does not want his brother Michael, and his three party-boys mates, to attend.
They have nearly ruined every wedding they have attended. But they are given a chance to attend - they must bring real girl-friends,
not party-girls, to the wedding and they have one month to pull it together. This comedy set in Auckland about first generation Samoan
New Zealanders, starts a bit slow, but by the time of the wedding, it gains speed and really becomes the urban romantic comedy it is
meant to be. If you are not Samoan, nor familiar with Samoan New Zealanders, you might not appreciate the inside humour, but
the writing and acting is good enough to make this light-hearted romp a winner for most. Recommended.
C. Claiborne | columbia, sc | 06/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got this movie one late night on a whim, expecting it to be little better than a home movie. I was, however, pleasantly suprised. Being African-American, I know a very little about Samoan culture. I did not think that I could relate to anything in the movie. However there seem to be a lot of similarities between Samoan culture and African-American culture, and, dare I say, that it seems that in part Polynesians are heavily influenced by movies, music, dress, and dance from black Americans.
The story is simple, but enjoyable. Robbie Magasiva is very, very cute! I don't think that I have ever seen a movie with him in it, or any other Samoan (Wait, is the Rock Samoan?). There are also some jokes that I did not understand ( I guess that you have to be from New Zealand to get those). Anyway, you won't be sorry that you got this movie, even if you do not understand the jokes and did I mention that Robbie Magasiva is very, very cute."
TruBlu | Novi, MI | 03/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is hilarious! Well worth seeing... only, I saw this in theaters while in New Zealand. And it could just be nostalgia, but I must say that the US release screwed things up by re-naming it Samoan Wedding.
It rather stereotypes Samoan culture and doesn't represent the movie well at all! Considering Sione's Wedding is more about the antics of 4 Auckland guys who try to get on Sione's guest list... and not Samoan culture. The actors are perfect, as well. They are really funny and have the timing down pat. If you've ever seen BroTown (a cartoon from New Zealand similar to South Park but not as brash) then you'll know what kind of humor I'm talking about.
Overall, great movie! But PLEASE call it Sione's Wedding!!"