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!!"