Love Wedding Repeat is derivative in myriad ways: It’s based on a 2012 French rom-com called Plan de table. It has the cadence, mishaps, meet-cutes, and quirky characters of dozens of rom-coms before it. And I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure the title itself is a send-up of the 2014 sci-fi flick Edge of Tomorrow’s alternate title, Live Die Repeat.
Love Wedding Repeat is exactly what a straight-to-Netflix rom-com should be, tailor-made to be watched while snuggled into the couch with a glass of wine and a pan of fudgy brownies. It is charming comfort food at its absolute finest.
Love Wedding Repeat takes place almost entirely at the wedding itself, as a comedy of errors unfolds thanks to a gaggle of impish children who switch place cards on tables; unwelcome, coked-up guest Marc (Jack Farthing), who is determined to declare his love for Hayley; Jack’s terrible ex-girlfriend Amanda (Freida Pinto), who visibly despises her boyfriend Chaz (Allan Mustafa); a crashingly dull guest named Sidney (Tim Key), who keeps telling stories about his boring coworkers; and Hayley’s “maid of honour” Bryan (Joel Fry), an aspiring actor who is determined to introduce himself to a famous director who’s also attending the wedding.
Almost nothing of substance happens in Love Wedding Repeat, the moral of which seems to boil down to “sometimes fate smiles, and sometimes it’s just out to get you, and there’s very little you can do about it.” There’s something of a statement about not allowing grief and regret to stand in the way of love, but it takes a backseat to the movie’s more slapstick elements.
The film is diverting and clever, with a talented cast — the kind of low-stakes story where mishaps and mayhem abound and you know everything will get sorted out in the end. Netflix has managed to distribute some of the sweetest rom-coms of recent years, and Love Wedding Repeat falls into that camp. It doesn’t have much to say, but at least, it says it very pleasantly.