The comedy that's vying to knock 'Alice in Wonderland' off it's box office pedestal, 'Our Family Wedding' centers on Lucia (played by America Ferrera), a would-be bride trying to get married over the objections of everyone except the groom. Call it 'Lucia in Crazyland.'

Lucia's Mexican-American family and her fiancé's African-American family experience a cultural wedding crash. And yet some of the movie's catastrophes are familiar to everyone: overbearing fathers, nutty grandmas and wayward farm animals (okay, maybe not that last one).

Weddings have been the centerpiece of some of the best romantic comedies. 'My Best Friend's Wedding' struck the right balance between the hokey and the pokey. In 'Our Family Wedding's' favor is a promising cast. Director and co-writer Rick Famuyiwa has a knack for great ensembles -- 2002's 'Brown Sugar' was graced with a must-see line-up: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def and Queen Latifa. For 'Wedding,' Famuyiwa nabbed an intriguing and eclectic group of actors, including Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and Ferrera (who has won awards for her film work in addition to her 'Ugly Betty' antics). Joining them are 'Southland's' Regina King, beloved character actress Lupe Ontiveros ('Chuck & Buck') and comic Charlie Murphy ('Chappelle's Show.')

What kind of reception did 'Wedding' get? Let's take a look. The comedy that's vying to knock 'Alice in Wonderland' off it's box office pedestal, 'Our Family Wedding' centers on Lucia (played by America Ferrera), a would-be bride trying to get married over the objections of everyone except the groom. Call it 'Lucia in Crazyland.'

Lucia's Mexican-American family and her fiancé's African-American family experience a cultural wedding crash. And yet some of the movie's catastrophes are familiar to everyone: overbearing fathers, nutty grandmas and wayward farm animals (okay, maybe not that last one).

Weddings have been the centerpiece of some of the best romantic comedies. 'My Best Friend's Wedding' struck the right balance between the hokey and the pokey. In 'Our Family Wedding's' favor is a promising cast. Director and co-writer Rick Famuyiwa has a knack for great ensembles -- 2002's 'Brown Sugar' was graced with a must-see line-up: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def and Queen Latifa. For 'Wedding,' Famuyiwa nabbed an intriguing and eclectic group of actors, including Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and Ferrera (who has won awards for her film work in addition to her 'Ugly Betty' antics). Joining them are 'Southland's' Regina King, beloved character actress Lupe Ontiveros ('Chuck & Buck') and comic Charlie Murphy ('Chappelle's Show.')

What kind of reception did 'Wedding' get? Let's take a look.

Associated Press: "'Our Family Wedding' is significantly better than ['Valentine's Day']. It's not as overstuffed, it has authentic quiet moments and it has better music, too: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings kick off a soundtrack of Daptone soul."

Roger Ebert: "The bright spots are America Ferrera, a cuddly beauty who plunges right in and kisses a guy without worrying about her makeup, and Lance Gross as the guy, who has a thankless task as the perfect fiancé but doesn't overplay it. Regina King steals many scenes as Brad's longtime lawyer and secret admirer; her character is smart, focused and sympathetic. King's costumes showcase those Michelle Obama-like arms."

Entertainment Weekly: "If you sign on for this broad, bawdy comedy of matrimony, set in a magical Los Angeles of much sunshine and little traffic, be prepared to swallow a lot of empty-calorie jokes in which blacks and Latinos insult and misunderstand one another in a spirit of vigorous buffoonery before dancing together in maniacal harmony during the never-in-doubt wedding-scene finale. ... Grade: C-"

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The Hollywood Reporter: "Although it's certain that all necessary lessons will be learned, every romantic issue resolved by story's end, the film rings truer in its quiet moments, especially those involving Whitaker's character and a few scenes concerning Lucia's mother (Diana Maria Riva) as she refuses to settle quietly into middle age."

Chicago Tribune: " [A] wasted opportunity to take a smart cut at a subject so thematically rich and so rarely explored by Hollywood. Instead, the warring families, the interracial romance, the inherent cultural clashes and the middle- versus upper-class divide are squandered".

Time Out New York: "Paternal bickering and egomaniacal prejudices soon give way to slapstick fighting, which in turn leads to clichéd crises (the couple starts to reconsider their relationship, other relatives find love amid the matrimonial chaos) and 'Kumbaya' reconciliations that are as predictable as the script's intolerant slurs are tame".
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