CEREMONY

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Sam Davis (Michael Angarano) convinces his former best friend to spend a weekend with him to rekindle their friendship at an elegant beachside estate owned by a famous documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace). However, it soon becomes clear that Sam is secretly infatuated with his ex, Zoe (Uma Thurman), who is now the filmmaker’s fiancée, and that his true intention is to thwart their impending nuptials. As Sam’s plan begins to unravel, he is forced to realize how complicated love and friendship can be.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Sam Davis writes children’s books and lives in the child like fantasies of kids. He has a friend Marshall Schmidt who happens to show up as the only member of an audience to hear Sam read his latest new children’s book. The two boys rekindle their friendship, stagnant for the past year while Marshall recovered from an altercation and hid in his parents home while Sam had a momentary encounter with a beautiful 30s something woman Zoe (Uma Thurman). The two lads decide to take a little trip to ostensibly to get Marshall out of his parent’s home to see the world, but in actuality Sam has heard that Zoe is marrying some wealthy guy, Whit Coutell, at Whit’s lavish seaside home.

Sam and Marshall mend long absent feelings of closeness and taking some daring steps they drive to the seaside estate, obtain an invitation to Zoe’s party from Zoe’s drunken brother Teddy (Jake M. Johnson). Sam confronts Zoe, stating his love and his desire to marry her, but Zoe needs more than a young kid to satisfy her and sees the opportunities of marrying the moneyed Whit. In a series of incidents both hilarious at times and deeply tender at others all characters discover new concepts of relationships. How the film ends is left for the viewer to discover.

 

The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes, outtakes and featurettes. The HDNet material with Max Winkler helps to show how a younger director can tackle heavy material in a light-hearted matter. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp, but the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track seems to overpower this quiet little movie. Every sudden movement or severe background action almost blows out my little tweeters. Oh well, it’s still worth a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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