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Wedding Planning: What Not to Watch While Preparing For the Big Day

If you're planning a wedding, it can be discouraging to settle in for a movie or TV show in which marriage is, well, not cast in the nicest light. Here I've rounded up some movies and one TV show that may be great entertainment but won't exactly give you the warm fuzzies about getting married.

American Beauty — Sure, there's a lot more going on in American Beauty than just a failing marriage, but the union between Lester (Kevin Spacey) and Carolyn (Annette Benning) still isn't exactly inspirational. In addition to general suburban dystopia, there's a lot of infidelity, ogling of teen girls, and overall contempt within the marriage. Oh, and that ending is a pretty big downer.

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Little Children — I'd say you'll want to avoid both watching this movie and reading the original work by Tom Perrotta. Like American Beauty, it's riddled with infidelity and overall malaise surrounding married life. The main female character, Sarah (Kate Winslet) is enormously bored with her quiet life and her role as wife and mother. Handsome stay-at-home dad Brad — also dissatisfied — manages to temporarily fill the void in her but at the end of the day nobody can truly do that. General feeling after watching this movie: bleak.

The Ice Storm — Speaking of bleak, The Ice Storm serves up cold desolation and hopelessness in spades. A wintry storm symbolically covers everything in New Canaan, CT, in a stark, numbing chill as two families celebrate Thanksgiving. For marrieds Ben and Elena Hood (Kevin Kline and Joan Allen) this mostly means drinking way too much and despising each other. Don't let the promise of young, adorable versions of Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes, and Elijah Wood lure you in. It's too cold in this movie.

Kramer vs. Kramer — Anger, fighting, divorce, custody battles . . . you're just going to want to avoid this one for a while. As you probably know, the story is based on the real-life court battle in which a divorced couple fought over custody of their son. It is poignant and stars some phenomenal actors (Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep), but it's definitely not "oh baby, marriage is awesome" material.

Tell Me You Love Me — Well, at least these couples are getting therapy, but still, as excellent as this HBO show is, it can also be incredibly depressing. While one couple is busy not communicating, another is fighting over their inability to get pregnant, and a third is still haunted by a long-ago extramarital affair. Good times. And by "good times" I mean "avoid this like the plague before getting married — especially if you have a tendency to get cold feet."

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Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Four Weddings and a Funeral. Because, while there are some cute weddings in there, what could be worse than the groom calling off the wedding at the altar!
Lindsb Lindsb 9 years
Unfaithful!!! That's the worst.. I still get pissed off thinking about it.. Richard Gere and Diane Lane..
misshouston misshouston 9 years
How about (not) going old-school with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" A trainwreck of a couple of there ever was one -- both onscreen and off!
So-Fab So-Fab 9 years
What about Enough? When my Aunts watch that movie they take out their aggression on my uncle's afterward LOL. If you're planning your wedding you might get a little to aggressive after watching her kick his behind!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Don't forget 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' or the upcoming 'Revolutionary Road'. Yikes.
nancita nancita 9 years
Great suggestions. Another I would suggest avoiding is We Don't Live Here Anymore. I watched it during a breakup because I kinda wanted a cynical relationship movie at the time, and it was almost too much for me even then!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Oh please. :shrug: why would watching a movie give you doubts if you're ready anyways
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
What about War of the Roses?
jamiedynamite jamiedynamite 9 years
omg closer for sure..
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
I would say to definitely avoid "Waitress," too. You might think it's the perfect sweet girl movie to share with your MOH or MIL-to-be, but you'll be left a) terrified at the prospect of having a psycho, possessive husband and b) wondering if somewhere out there a cute doctor is waiting for you.
saritabonita saritabonita 9 years
how about "closer".......
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
Maybe instead what some old romcoms from the 40s? Like Woman of the Year? Or The Philadelphia Story? Hepburn's relationships in these films aren't quite perfect, but they sure end a little bit better than those in the films mentioned above.
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