The Big Day

Now here's an original idea: Attractive wedding planner meets Mr. Right, but he's already engaged -- and our heroine is hired to mount that couple's imminent ceremony. Throw in not one but two de rigueur Gay Best Friends, and "The Big Day" has paid the sincerest form of flattery to half the Hollywood romantic comedies of recent years.

With:
With: Louise Mieritz, Nikolaj Steen, Henrik Pip, Christian Tafdrup, Frank Thiel, Trine Dyrholm, Laerke Winther Andersen, Kristian Ibler, Martin Brygmann.

Now here’s an original idea: Attractive wedding planner meets Mr. Right, but he’s already engaged — and our heroine is hired to mount that couple’s imminent ceremony. Throw in not one but two de rigueur Gay Best Friends, and “The Big Day” has paid the sincerest form of flattery to half the Hollywood romantic comedies of recent years. Its very modesty does make this Danish trifle a tad less plastic than most inspirational sources, including J-Lo’s “Wedding Planner.” Euro tube sales should be healthy.

Anne (Louise Mieritz) has started a wedding planning biz with happily flaming designer Lars (Christian Tafdrup) and grumpy accountant Jesper (Henrik Pip). Hoping to make a big public splash, they land upcoming event that will marry TV chat hosts Anders (Nikolaj Steen) and Signe (Trine Dyrholm). Instant attraction between Anne and Anders is complicated even further by her planned nuptials with boring b.f. Simon (Martin Brygmann). On pic’s minus side are blatant product placements, dopey moments, and the weird insistence that Jesper is in self-denial because he doesn’t act “stereotypically gay” enough. But agreeable perfs and some refreshing late deviations from narrative formula provide pleasant compensation.

The Big Day

Denmark

Production: A Nordisk Film production in association with TV2 Denmark. Produced by Thomas Heinesen. Executive producer, Kim Magnusson. Directed by Morten Arnfred. Screenplay, Ina Bruhn.

Crew: Camera (color), Philippe Kress; editor, Lars Therkelsen; music, Ole Arnfred, Jon Bruland; production designer, Charlotte Bech. Reviewed at Cinequest, San Jose, Calif., March 9, 2006. Original title: Den store Dag. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Louise Mieritz, Nikolaj Steen, Henrik Pip, Christian Tafdrup, Frank Thiel, Trine Dyrholm, Laerke Winther Andersen, Kristian Ibler, Martin Brygmann.

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