White Wedding (2009)

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

From left: Kenneth Nkosi, Jodie Whittaker and Rapulana Sepheimo in 'White Wedding'

Unknown screenwriter

Directed by Jann Turner

Starring Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Zandile Msutwana and Jodie Whittaker

White Wedding doesn’t break any new ground for either a road trip comedy or a romantic comedy, but it hits all the basic notes very efficiently with fun performances from the whole cast, especially lead Kenneth Nkosi, also known for being one of the gang members in Tsotsi. Nkosi is Elvis, a man about to get married who must trek across the country to get to the chapel in time, along with his best friend Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo, also in Tsotsi).

Elvis and Tumi encounter car trouble and other standard road-trip obstacles (including a soft and unnecessary attempt at social commentary involving some possibly racist barflies who “surprise” us with their kindness), a as well as taking on the burden of picking up a white, female hitch hiker (Jodie Whittaker), who complicates matters as she and Tumi develop an attraction for one another, resulting in a side trip at her insistence, much to the frustration of Elvis.

Meanwhile, Elvis fiancee (Zandile Msutwana) is dealing with her own issues as she awaits his arrival, fending off her mother’s insistance on an old fashioned traditional African wedding while she prefers a more generic, secular, modern wedding of a western variety.

White Wedding is cute fun, breezy and plenty funny. The film may not break any new ground, but it manages to be appealing in any language and for any culture.

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