Impressive, touching, thought-provoking
cutiepie24 | New York, NY United States | 06/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this documentary in a theatre when it showed in NY and remember being so impressed with what the filmmaker had been able to do. She wove her own personal story into the broader story of other womens' lives, and marriage in general, and it made for a really interesting movie. Some of the moments she captured (like a birthday party for her boyfriend where his ex-girlfriend was also there) were just fascinating. Totally worthwhile to see this movie."
A compelling look at a woman who feels ready to get married,
bkc327 | Goshen, IN | 05/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nina Davenport seems to ask the question in ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID: Do you wait for the funny, compatible person you're with to get over his fear of long-term commitment, or do you keep moving, in the hope that you will find someone just as perfect for you who IS ready to take the next step? She seems to prefer the former, but feels maybe the latter might be wiser (& her friends support the latter). At 30, she exposes her own neuroses about wanting to settle down, get married, and have kids in a few years, as well as those of her 5-years-younger boyfriend Nick, who seems to be very gun-shy about commiting much at all. She also profiles some of the clients of her wedding videography day-job and gets her friends & family's take on her situation. There are also very interesting reminiscinces from elderly spinsters that Nina (and I) found fascinating, as well as reality-checks about whether one can have a purposeful, full life without marriage.
Below I have what probably wouldn't be considered a spoiler, but I guess there might be someone out there who might consider it one. So, if you are avidly, paranoidly against learning specifics about a movie or book before you see/read it for the first time, don't read any more. Just rent this DVD.
POSSIBLE SPOILER: Nina had the very interesting (& possibly a little uncomfortable) opportunity to ask Nick's last girlfriend if she had any advice about having a relationship with him, and why it hadn't worked out for them.
I highly recommend this documentary's unflinching, highly personal look at Nina's relationships, as well as those of the people she profiles."