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Samoan Wedding [Import]

Oscar Kightley , Iaheto Ah Hi , Chris Graham    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will the wedding party be a party or a wedding? Jan. 12 2007
By Charles Eggen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Sione is getting married. He has decided that he does not want his brother Michael, and his three party-boys mates, to attend.

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and etnertaining. Feb. 28 2007
By Nicole Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is a MUST watch for anyone who has any experience with the Samoan culture. It's not a complete look at Samoan life, but it's a fun comedy with Samoan flare. It leaves you reminiscent for the islands, even though the film takes place in New Zealand.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The male answer to the chick flick with comedy, hip-hop, and brotherhood June 26 2007
By Audri Oneal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw this movie at a film festival and I have to say that it's good to finally see a movie from an ethnic male's point of view. The story is about four guys who are into hip-hop, women, and hanging with the fellas. What makes this movie is this look into Samoan-New Zealand culture and how males in that culture deal with the pressures from mainstream society and their own community on issues of dating, sex, commitment, etc. The only time we get to see something like this is in U.S. movies like "The Wood", "Hanging with the Homeboys", most recently "Better Luck Tomorrow". So I recommend this movie because it's good to see how other folks around the world deal with the same issues and more than anything it's good to see a movie with an all ethnic cast that has a positive message. Plus if you were thinking about a place to travel, you want to go to Auckland after watching this movie.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sione's Wedding March 19 2007
By TruBlu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is hilarious! Well worth seeing... only, I saw this in theaters while in New Zealand. And it could just be nostalgia, but I must say that the US release screwed things up by re-naming it Samoan Wedding.

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!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds Me Dec 26 2012
By Lee McQueen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Samoan Wedding for this North American female created an interesting contrast to Once Were Warriors. Both movies provided a much-needed slice-of-life look at New Zealand culture as lived by those descended from natives of the island. Like Rabbit-Proof Fence does for Australia, these two movies alert the rest of the world that there's more Down Under than Guy Pierce, Nicole Kidman, and Russel Crowe.

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.

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