Decent enough (almost Lads movie) with a plot twist to boot
Choose by the wife (who often judges a book by its cover) - she thought it was a chick flick, was it?
Almost married wasn't the soppy crass movie I had thought it was going to be - but that's what happens when you don't read up on it first :)
To be honest all this has really to do with getting married is how (maybe) your LAD is perceived to handle the lead up to the big day when he has been on a stag night he cannot remember.
A lot of drinking swearing and stupid decisions from the lads mixed with some heart felt moments from Kyle (Phillip McGinley)& Jarvis (Mark Stobbart) "especially in Kyle's garage"
You are drawn in to Kyle's pain from the very start - "Ouch that must have hurt"... From here you join Kyle on is (WTF happened) journey accompanied by best mate Jarvis - now pay attention during the movie or the movie will end with you saying ..Eh.. (I did say there is a twist)
Not the best movie out there but not bad - It's worth a watch...
Reviewed by l_rawjalaurence7 / 10
Serio-Comic Analysis of British Masculinities
In terms of plot, ALMOST MARRIED recalls early Seventies efforts such as PERCY'S PROGRESS (1974) in its almost relentless obsession with the penis. The basic framework is straightforward: Kyle (Philip McGinley) is reluctant to go through with his marriage to fiancée Lydia (Emily Attack) in the belief that he has contracted a sexually transmitted disease. After a picaresque series of adventures, including a dash up to Newcastle to visit its brothels, he discovers that he is perfectly healthy, and that the disease has originated from somewhere else.
Ben Cookson's film contains a relentless stream of bawdy jokes, allied to a peculiarly British modesty when it comes to talking about sexual matters. While Kyle and his best friend Jarvis (Mark Stobart) are perfectly happy to dream up increasingly ludicrous methods of overcoming Kyle's problem in the pub over several pints of lager, they are obviously ill-at-ease when they visit the sexual health clinic. At one point Jarvis shouts out "I'm not gay!" to all and sundry, even though he has accompanied Kyle to the hospital. Kyle himself finds it very difficult to talk to the doctor (Val McLane): Cookson's camera focuses on his increasingly troubled countenance as he tries to tell the truth about his sexual past.
The film also depicts the fragility of male bonding: the only way in which Kyle, Jarvis and their mates can get on is to make jokes at one another's expense. Being serious is considered 'weak' - especially at the pub. The only time when Kyle can face up to his dilemma is when he has broken free of Jarvis and set out on his own to confront Lydia with what he thinks is the truth about what happened. ALMOST MARRIED ends with a freeze-frame of him leaving Lydia's house and setting out on his own - for the first time, he understands that he does not need his mates' support to survive.
Set in an unspecified northern town, ALMOST MARRIED has a strong sense of place, as it contrasts the respectable streets of suburban houses with the seedy bars and brothels where Jarvis and Kyle hang out. It is almost as if they are apprehensive about appearing too 'normal' - i.e. ready to settle down and enjoy married life - in case it infringes on their masculine self-images. McGinley delivers a convincing characterization of Kyle, who tries to sustain a laddish image while trying to reflect on his past and future life.
ALMOST MARRIED treads familiar thematic ground, but it does so in a refreshingly unsentimental way.
Reviewed by danew13-303-7372233 / 10
Brainless British Copy of Brainless Yank Comedy Style
The best thing about Almost Married is smoking hot Emily Attack
(Atack). Other than her the plot of this film mimics such Vince Vaughan
gems of the absurd as the Dilemma....where you have an obvious problem
and an equally obvious solution, something that eludes the two buddies
who are the main characters...a future bridegroom and his self serving
manipulative best man.
They take a serious yet simple problem and morph it into a saga-like
road trip in an attempt to find a hooker who may have given the groom
the clap only a few weeks before his wedding. Unlike the In-Betweeners,
the two guys are adult English working class pals who act so gormless
you may understand why some school GCSE scores are so low.
There are few laughs in this film because stupidity is passed off as
comedy without any basis or punch-line for humour. By the film's end it
had become so tedious I couldn't wait for the credits.
I'm looking for some intelligent comedy being made other than Woody
Allen films. The British used to be good at this. This film isn't one
of those products.