2½ stars (out of four)
The savvy British actors sweating for our amusement in Debbie Isitt's comedy, a fairly funny mockumentary-style lark about a magazine-sponsored wedding competition, fare better than their self-generated material. Premise: Three couples compete to create a fabulous themed nuptial to be judged by the mag known as Confetti. The fiercely competitive tennis maniacs Josef and Isabelle (played by Stephen Mangan and Meredith MacNeill) will do anything to beat out the sweeter-natured Michael and Joanna (Robert Webb and Olivia Colman), nudists who have an Adam-and-Eve concept in mind and won't take clothes for an answer. Matt and Sam (Martin Freeman and Jessica Stevenson) favor an old-style musical staging, a la Fred and Ginger.
Isitt's cameras prowl around each rehearsal, spat and outburst. "Confetti" sputters just past its midpoint and never fully recovers, proving that in the mock-doc vein the Christopher Guest "Best in Show"/"For Your Consideration" level of comic satisfaction is no easy achievement. Even so, this cast is easy company. Outlandish weddings aren't much of a satiric target, but "Confetti" isn't really going for satire; mild-mannered japes are more its style.
Running time: 1:34. Opens Friday. MPAA rating: R (for language and nudity).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times