Destination Wedding ★★★½

So it's the 1990s. Remember when you started high school? You were small, afraid and vulnerable and you'd look at the older kids in their final year and they all seemed so much bigger than you and they looked like they knew what they were doing, and you wondered if you were even the same species let alone that one day you too would be in their position.

Remember those two really cool kids in their final year? They were so popular and really attractive and they seemed to have an easy relationship with everyone, even the teachers. Remember how, if it really was true and you actually were the same species, you hoped and prayed that in five years time you would somehow have grown to be just like them?

To me in the '90s, those two were Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. And like a school reunion, it's nice to see what they're up to now, especially as you catch a glimpse of their vulnerabilities and a sense that things didn't play out as perhaps expected for them. Maybe we are all the same species after all?

With a loquacious, bone-dry witty screenplay, Destination Wedding is a charming throwback in the romantic comedy genre to predecessors like Woody Allen, Richard Linklater and those golden era sparring matches from the likes of Tracy and Hepburn. This might explain why - to me at least - Reeves seemed to be channeling Gregory Peck with his delivery at times. It's not a perfect film by any means, but its wise enough not to outstay it's welcome and it's just so sweet to see Keanu and Winona play off so comfortably against one another with all the shared and implied history that this brings, to the extent that they are totally detached from anyone else in the movie. Without them, this would be a terrible film, with them it's approaching a delight.

Also has one of the most hilarious sex scenes committed to celluloid. Please do more films together guys, especially comedies.

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