Love, Wedding, Marriage

Synopsis: Handsome, romantic, sexy gentile Charlie enjoys his honeymoon with liberal-Jewish marriage counselor Ava. It's cut short when her parents Bradley and Betty, who always seemed the perfect couple, suddenly border on divorce over an old affair and poorly matched expectations. Worse, in turn they invite themselves to move in and drive the newly-weds crazy. Ethics prevent Ava from taking them on as clients and the colleagues she refers to prove hopelessly inept. Meanwhile Charlie's impulsive buddy Gerber, the eternal bachelor party animal, has married Polish green-card-chaser Kasia.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Dermot Mulroney
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

[Soft marimba music]

- Ava, we've been dating

for 21/2 years,

and what I'm about to say,

I've considered very seriously.

I sound like a lawyer.

I look in your eyes,

and I drown in them.

Drown in them?

Babe, you know I'm bad

with telling you how I feel.

Will you be my wife?

Will you marry me?

Can we get married?


You can do this.


It's, like, the little things

that I really love.

I find it so adorable

that you can't make

a decision

without consulting

your horoscope.

I love that you watch the same

sad movie over and over again,

hoping for a happy ending.

I love how you make

your coffee.

I love you, Ava, and I don't

want to spend another day

without knowing

if you'll be my wife.

So will you do me this honor?

Will you marry me?

- Brittany, Brittany,

this is Ryan.

Trust me,

you two have a lot in common.

Good to see you.

Where is Ava?

Go find your sister.

- All rise.

- Our wedding day was

the happiest day of my life.

I was marrying

the man of my dreams,

and our happily ever after

was about to begin.

Charlie and I met

once upon a time,

when I was getting my PhD

in psychology at Berkeley

and he was working

at a vineyard in Napa.

We fell in love

on the very first date.

He took me to an art fair

in San Francisco.

The next day, he surprised me

with a painting I had admired,

and I was hooked.

I believe lasting love

is possible

because of my parents.

Their 30-year union

is the reason I became

a marriage counselor

and why I was ready to make

the commitment myself.

[Glass shatters]

- Mazel tov!


And that dimpled smile

doesn't hurt.

- So embarrassing.

Thank you.

[Old-timey jazz music playing]

[Children laughing]

I love you both.

I love you both.

I've known him my whole life,

and I still love you.

I can't even say that

about anyone else,

like, not even my own parents.

- Okay, we love you too,


- No, love, man.


That's what it's all about.

You know, from now on,

I'm gonna be

a one-woman guy.

- Per week?

- I'm serious.

Uh, hello?

We didn't actually...

- There he goes.

- Shelby, are you, like,

avoiding me?

Come on, we were in the middle

of talking about horses.

I love horses.

- You ready to get out of here,

Mrs. Dalton?

- I should warn you:

I've been saving a few tricks

for the honeymoon.

- Let's go.

- Okay.

[Excited chatter]


- Yeah!


Oh, you got smoked.

In your face.

You got rocked.

[Serene instrumental music]

[children laughing]

- Black.

Two sugars.

- Two orders,

wheat toast with mayo.


- The only way to eat toast.

- Your horoscope says,

"Today your positive

mental energy

"will ensure that everything

goes your way.

Take advantage

of your good luck. "

- That's great.

Maybe that means

this year's harvest

will be the vineyard's

best vintage ever.

- Fingers crossed.

- How about

you skip out early,

take advantage of me tonight?

- Oh, I could cancel

my last couple.

- I'll reschedule

my afternoon.

- See you at 6:

Let's take a minute

to validate those feelings.

It sounds like Lloyd

is feeling angry

because Courtney took advantage

of his credit card.

- She didn't take advantage

of it.

She raped it.

At Saks.

She roofied it,

bent it over, and...

- Okay.

Courtney raped your credit card.

And Courtney is still angry

because you slept

with another woman.

- "A slutty, trashy whore"

were my exact words.

- Obviously Courtney still

has some unresolved issues

about the affair.

- But 9 grand on shoes?

- Why should I suffer

just because you're not rich

like my father?

- If your father's so great,

why didn't you marry him?

- He wasn't available.

- I want you to think back

to when you first met.

What attracted you

to one another?

And I want you to make a list

of all of the qualities

that made you want

to get married.

The key to a successful marriage

is to find those qualities

that make you fall in love

with your spouse

all over again

every day.

- Oh, I know they're here


Where are they?


- Shelby, what are you doing?

- Where do you keep

all your stuff?

- What stuff?

- The meds!

- I'm a psychologist,

not a psychiatrist.

I can't prescribe meds.

- Jesus, Ava.

That's the only reason

I took this job.

- I'm not even sure

they've invented a drug

to begin tackling your issues.

- Don't judge my pain.

You're my sister.

Can't you at least

refer me to someone?

- If I referred you

to a psychiatrist,

they'd have you committed.

- Would there be meds involved?

- And a straightjacket.

Did you mail out

those invitations for me?

- For Mom and Dad's

surprise party?

- Yes.

- I got the guest list

right here.

- Thank you.

[Man and woman

arguing indistinctly]

Glad that's not my next client.


- Darlings.

- Hi.

- Hi.

What was all the yelling about?

- Just your mother's

normal kvetching.

- Oh, would you stop

talking like that?

This isn't a production

of Fiddler On The Roof.

- Would you just relax

and stop acting like

some kind of meshuggener

in front of our daughters?

- What does that even mean?


- Jewish.

- Okay, can we just take this

into my office, please?

Right into my office.

Thank you.

Come on.

All right.

Bradley, Betty,

why don't you calmly express

what's upsetting you?

- Well, I didn't want to have

to tell you this, Ava...

- No, Betty.

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