There are few things more painful than bad improv comedy. Need an example? Look no further than Confetti, a wannabe charming British import about a wedding magazine's "most to-die-for wedding" contest. It's like all the awkward parts of a Christopher Guest mockumentary (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) with none of the good stuff.
The editors of the film's fictional Confetti magazine narrow their nuptial challenge down to three couples: Matt (Martin Freeman) and Sam (Jessica Stevenson), who plan a Hollywood musical themed wedding; Josef (Stephen Mangan) and Isabelle (Meredith MacNeill), who choose a tennis theme; and Michael (Robert Webb) and Joanna (Olivia Colman), naturists who would like to get married completely naked. The movie follows the couples from their initial pitch sessions with the editors through the final competition but hilarity, sadly, never ensues.
The actors are all proven players from British television—and Freeman is recognizable from his work in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually and the original U.K. version of The Office—but without a script to work from, they badly flounder here. Director Debbie Isitt simply instructed the performers to interact with each other in character and hoped for comic sparks. She didn't get them.
A few of the players coast by on their natural charm—especially Freeman and Stevenson—but without any guidance, most scenes feel aimless or, in the worst cases, downright grating. Considering that, it's a real surprise how successful the actual wedding sequences are. Well executed and enjoyable to watch, it's obvious these showcase moments involved more careful planning than the rest of the film, and they suggest—for a few moments at least—how good Confetti could have been.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times