2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

To begin this review, I will admit that I am a sucker for trashy romantic comedies. They are on the list of regular viewing at our house. These films prove to be a little reward for completing that tricky University assignment or pick me up from a hard day at work. Thankfully Netflix seems to know my need for new stories of love and love lost. The latest misadventure into the affairs of the heart comes with the newest release of Love Wedding Repeat.

A story that contains all of the familiar aspects of this genre. A wedding in an exotic location, accidental sedation, a wedding crasher, British accents, a fair bit of sexual dialogue and a cast of actors who are familiar, but forgettable. With my tissue box in hand, a beautiful cheese board on the coffee table and God’s provision of a rainy Monday afternoon, it was the makings of the perfect rom-com atmosphere. 

Reminiscent of Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow, this is a wedding that undertakes various alternate versions of itself. Sam Claflin (Charlie’s Angels) plays Jack, the tragic lead in this painful experience. The faithful brother who is doing his best to ensure his little sister Hayley (Eleanor Tomlinson) has the perfect wedding day. Even though the comedic adventure occurs at a wedding, the actual focus of the screenplay is the potential relationship between Jack and the American journalist Dina (Olivia Munn)

The nuptials become a series of missteps and comedic twists that will keep audiences guessing until the end. Not that there is really any surprises in conclusion, but it is fun travelling along to the end. Even though the closing moments may make people wonder about the concept of ‘meant to be’ that is put forward by every romantic comedy. Is this concept real and is it a goal that should be put on a pedestal? 

Reel Dialogue: Does it all really just come down to chance?

Despite the saccharine nature of the script, there were some more profound moments to ponder in the film. At one point in the movie, the man of honour Bryan (Joel Fry) asks Jack. “Have you ever thought how small the chances are that you would be born? If just one thing in history had changed, just one of your millions of ancestors had not crossed paths at the exact moment they did then you would not exist. You would never have even lived a single day Its pretty scary, but if we are honest with ourselves, it all comes down to chance. And I guess life is about grabbing those chances when they round.”

Yes, even rom-coms can open the door to the bigger questions of life.

The Bible tells us that everything that has happened in history and everything that will happen is all within the plan of an all-knowing and all-loving God. The same God who brought the whole universe into being in a moment, is in control of the entire universe moment by moment. Nothing catches God by surprise. So, we can trust God when things seem out of control, because for him, they are not. We can take great comfort in this, that our lives are not up to mere chance.