We discuss 10 movies like The People We Hate at the Wedding you must watch. Check out these recommendations.
Prime Video’s The People We Hate at the Wedding is just the latest in a long line of rom-com movies revolving around the most cinematic of celebrations, that of the wedding ceremony. In this uninspiring, unoriginal film, a mother hopes to bring her dysfunctional family back together at her daughter Eloise’s wedding, in a luxurious London town. Siblings Alice and Paul are jealous of their half-sister though, who is living it up in the UK. They begrudgingly accept the invitation, and as you would come to expect, lots of awkward and embarrassing situations ensue. If you have a taste for movies with a similar style or storyline, then here are ten recommendations to seek out next.
10 movies like The People We Hate at the Wedding you must watch
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
The quintessential wedding movie, Four Weddings and a Funeral is directed by Mike Newell, with a sensational script by Richard Curtis. The 1994 rom-com stars Hugh Grant as Charles, a bumbling romantic, who watches as his friends fall in love and get married, whilst he remains single. Enter American Carrie (Andie MacDowell), who Charles instantly becomes infatuated with. The couple keeps meeting at different weddings and sparks the usual on-again, off-again romance that we’ve come to love and loath in equal amounts. This is a hilarious and sweet movie that outshines the new Prime Video original in every department.
Possibly the most famous wedding movie to focus predominantly on the female aspect of the festivities, Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids is a laugh-riot, written by Annie Mumolo and the film’s star Kristen Wiig. This rude rom-com focuses on the standard wedding preparations before the big day, much like The People We Hate at the Wedding, with an eventful bachelorette party and tensions rising amongst the guests as each day progressively worsens. Wiig steals the show as the jealous maid of honor, who clashes with the bride’s new best friend Helen (Rose Byrne). Melissa McCarthy is also along for the ride and there’s a cute subplot involving Chris O’Dowd, as well as a hilarious guest appearance from Jon Hamm to boot.
Set It Up (2018)
Netflix original, Set It Up, is directed by Claire Scanlon, who also directed The People We Hate at the Wedding. Her directorial debut tells the story of two assistants, who try to set up their boss on dates in New York City. This quaint, little flick won over critics with its funny if formulaic style. There’s also a great cast on display, including Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, and Pete Davidson.
Palm Springs (2020)
Available on Hulu in the US and Prime Video in the UK, this Groundhog Day-inspired rom-com tells the story of a man stuck in a time loop on the day of a wedding ceremony. It’s such an obvious, yet innovative premise that really heightens this genre film, making it one of the best films of the year. Hilarious, heart-warming, and highly original, this is definitely worth a watch. The film stars Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) as the individuals trapped inside this loop, who struggle to escape these torturous confines.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
This may be The People We Hate at the Wedding star Kristen Bell’s most memorable appearance, and is my favorite of her films. Another rom-com, this time written by lead actor Jason Segel. It’s one of the better Judd Apatow co-productions, about a newly separated couple, who find themselves both staying at the same hotel in Hawaii. Bell’s character is now with rockstar Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), who may not be the right person for her after all. Whilst Segel becomes smitten by the hotel receptionist played by Mila Kunis. It’s another rom-com that is exceptional in both the comedy and romance departments. Currently available on Now TV.
The Hangover (2009)
If Bridesmaids is our best example of the bachelorette party gone wrong, then The Hangover is the male equivalent. One of the funniest movies of its time, this addictive comedy from Todd Phillips (Joker) would go on to spawn a trilogy of films, but none can equal the original. The film is set the day after a bachelor party in Las Vegas, where the gang wake to find their groom missing and all their memories completely wiped. They retrace their steps, uncovering the horrors of the night before. Laugh-out-loud funny and effortlessly re-watchable, this is comedy gold.
Allison Janney is no stranger to the mother role, playing the vile LaVona Golden in I, Tonya as well as Bren MacGuff, Juno’s stepmother, in this 2007 coming-of-age comedy from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody. The film centers on the pregnancy of the titular character, as she struggles to cope with all the stigmas of teenage pregnancy. Janney is on hand as the supportive, yet not overbearing stepmom. The parenting in Juno is heartfelt and somehow surprisingly subtle, bringing a wholesome quality to the film. Juno can be found on Disney+ and Prime Video.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (2022)
One of the bigger surprises of the year, The Bob’s Burgers Movie currently holds an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is produced by the Molyneux sisters, who have written 29 episodes of the Bob’s Burgers series and are working on a Deadpool 3 script. They were also the writers of The People We Hate at the Wedding. This animation was praised for pleasing the die-hard fans of the show, but also for working as an entertaining entry point for newbies as well. The movie is streaming on Disney+.
Step Brothers (2008)
The People We Hate at the Wedding is about warring siblings, who have grown apart over time. Step Brothers follows a similar theme, with two adult males being forced to live together when their single parents marry each other. The comedy stars Will Ferrell (co-writer) and John C. Reilly as the rival siblings, who stop at nothing to upset one another. This is one of Adam McKay’s sillier comedies that pushes the format to its limits, but it still makes for a fun watch. This is also available on Prime Video.
Meet the Parents (2000)
Ben Stiller and Robert de Niro star in this outrageous comedy that follows clumsy nurse Greg as he visits his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. De Niro is the suspicious father, who mistrusts Greg from the start and may have an espionage background in interrogation to look out for as well. Greg tries to win the parents over but uncovers so much more along the way. The film includes proposals, engagements, and weddings, with the on-screen rivalry between Stiller and De Niro working an absolute treat.
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