Drawing together some of the UK's finest comic talents, letting loose a script that is sharp yet wickedly funny, and beating clichés with taboos, 'Confetti' is everything an irreverent movie of this kind should be. Debbie Isitt's mockumentary follows the finalists in Confetti magazine's competition to find the most original wedding celebration, with a brand new house up for grabs for the winners. Well, allegedly.
Magazine mogul Antoni (Carr) has come up with the brainwave to stage the competition but wants little to do with the work side of things, leaving his trusty (and quite stressed) editor Vivienne (Montagu) to do all the organising - but only after he has chosen the finalists, by his own admission picking the best of a bad lot after a few glasses of wine.
In contention for the prize are tennis fanatics Josef (Mangan) and Isabelle (MacNeill); naturists Michael (Webb) and Joanna (Colman) and musical-loving couple Matt (Freeman) and Sam (Stevenson). And of course no wedding would be complete without the wedding planners, this time in the form of gay couple Archie (Franklin) and Gregory (Watkins) - trading under the name Heron and Hough - who are prepared to pull out all the stops to cope with the tears, tantrums and outlandish demands of the their three couples.
As the film follows the three couples in the run-up to their respective big days we are treated to all kinds of antics. Isabelle decides to have a nose job, with interesting results. Her partner Josef must be very restrained to stop him killing her tennis coach Jesus (de Miguel), who is a little on the tactile side.
Meanwhile, Michael and Joanna are meeting with fierce opposition to their naked wedding proposal, particularly from Joanna's mother (Cadell) and magazine boss Antoni, who puts the matter as bluntly as he knows how to the couple - making for some of the funniest exchanges of the movie.
Matt and Sam, by far the most normal and down-to-earth of the finalists, also have their fair share of problems – between a spiteful sister-in-law (Hadland), a headstrong mother (Steadman) and a best friend who calls himself Snoopy (Wootton) and wants to sing death rock at their wedding. Then there's also the small issue of self-confessed tone-deaf and 'physically dyslexic' Sam attempting to sing her marriage vows!
There are too many brilliant moments in this film to single out all the high points (Michael stripping in front of the magazine's lawyer being just one). Combining acting talent from 'The Office', 'The Royle Family', 'Green Wing', 'Man Stroke Woman' and 'Peep Show', this light-hearted spoof could only come off as hugely entertaining. Comedian Jimmy Carr deserves special mention for his role as the snooty magazine boss, severely lacking in any form of tact or ethics.
Don't be put off by the subject matter - this is a wedding movie like no other. You'll laugh, cringe and think what a refreshing alternative it would be as an actual reality television show if people like this genuinely existed in real life.
Start to finish, 'Confetti' is a giggle-fest with attitude. It'd be the perfect date movie - but for the extra helpings of full frontal nudity and needy fiancés - but, then again, maybe they're just the right ingredients to break the ice on that awkward first date. Go see it.