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Top Customer Reviews
They have nearly ruined every wedding they have attended. But they are given a chance to attend - they must bring real girl-friends,
not party-girls, to the wedding and they have one month to pull it together. This comedy set in Auckland about first generation Samoan
New Zealanders, starts a bit slow, but by the time of the wedding, it gains speed and really becomes the urban romantic comedy it is
meant to be. If you are not Samoan, nor familiar with Samoan New Zealanders, you might not appreciate the inside humour, but
the writing and acting is good enough to make this light-hearted romp a winner for most. Recommended.
The original name of this movie is Sione's Wedding, but the name was changed for US release. The basic plot synopsis is that four best friends are banned from Sione's wedding because of all the trouble they cause at any public event they attend. Sione is the brother of Michael, one of the main characters and former best man. The men come to the conclusion that the reason they always misbehave is because they hang out with each other and never bring dates. They make a deal to be allowed at the wedding IF they can find real girlfriends to bring, not just girls stupid enough to say yes to free food and a night out on the town.
Even if you thought "Samoa" was a war-torn country in Africa (it's not), this is a movie that anyone who likes to laugh will enjoy. Of course there are a lot of jokes made even funnier if you if you have ever lived in Samoa or been around Samoans.
Derek: T, sup girl. Sole, malo man.
Albert: Who you calling "sole"?
Derek: Hound dog in the fale.
Albert: Derek start speaking your own language, you come from Glenfield.
It rather stereotypes Samoan culture and doesn't represent the movie well at all! Considering Sione's Wedding is more about the antics of 4 Auckland guys who try to get on Sione's guest list... and not Samoan culture. The actors are perfect, as well. They are really funny and have the timing down pat. If you've ever seen BroTown (a cartoon from New Zealand similar to South Park but not as brash) then you'll know what kind of humor I'm talking about.
Overall, great movie! But PLEASE call it Sione's Wedding!!
Once Were Warriors is a heavy-hitting drama whereas Samoan Wedding is romantic comedy.
Important to the film is a careful mixture of personalities, family dynamics, and maturity levels to guard against stereotype.
Surprising is the close similarities between Samoan culture and African American culture. Those who've seen and enjoyed The Brothers (2001), The Best Man (1999), and The Wood (1999) will enjoy Samoan Wedding.
The story is simple, but enjoyable. Robbie Magasiva is very, very cute! I don't think that I have ever seen a movie with him in it, or any other Samoan (Wait, is the Rock Samoan?). There are also some jokes that I did not understand ( I guess that you have to be from New Zealand to get those). Anyway, you won't be sorry that you got this movie, even if you do not understand the jokes and did I mention that Robbie Magasiva is very, very cute.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious, brings up memories of hanging with my mates. Part 2 is good as well.Published 3 months ago by Mancina II
The movie was required for a class I took in college. The movie had a dull plot, there were few funny moments. I would not rent again unless I had to for a project again.Published 7 months ago by Mr. Bjork
This is a very funny movie...about four guys who are long overdue for adulthood.Published 9 months ago by Linda L. Birge
An instant classic, very funny and heart warming movie. If your not a pacific islander or have never lived on the islands you might not get the humor.Published 11 months ago by Lo