A Film Review By Jason L. King
Starring: Scott Baio, Kristin Minter, Rosemary Prinz
Directed By:Melissa Martin
Movie Released: 2003
**Film was release theatrically under the title The Bread, My Sweet
Everyone has that someone in their lives that they love more than anything else in the world. It may be a girlfriend, a parent, a grandparent or a brother but everyone has them. They are that one person who you would do nearly anything for when they are around, and don’t know what you could do without them if they were gone. For me it was my grandparents, and I still remember the day both of them passed away. But never the less, I am happy to say that I know they both passed away In peace and in happiness which is one of the most important things of all.
The flick, A Wedding For Bella, deals with the same issue. Our main character, Dominic, cares deeply for a mother like figure in his life, but when she becomes terminally ill he decides that he would do anything to make her happy. Therefore not only does he set out to find her long lost daughter, but once she returns home, he plans to marry her just so her mother can see her daughter get married before she passes on. Amazingly enough, the daughter agrees to it even though they don’t truly love each other. But their idea begins to bud an actual romance between the two of them and a sentimental story about a wedding that was meant to be a gift for the dying mother, yet turns out to be a gift for everyone.
This flick definitely falls into the category as a big mushy chick flick. It has every thing that a good chick flick needs, a outwardly powerful man, whom in the inside is the super sensitive, handsome, kind caring guy every woman dreams of, and it has the girl who is beautiful despite all of her flaws and insecurities. It also has the “W” word (wedding) in it as well as the dying relative and true love defying all obstacles, all guaranteed tear jerkers in the chick flick genre. But this flick has something else as well, charisma, making it an overall great flick.
Scott Baio, an actor few people knew still existed and fewer people remember is fantastic in this flick. He brings so much to the screen on an emotional level that it enhances he flick even more. His supporting cast, none of them anyone famous, all equally help with the emotion. Each character from the dying woman herself to Dominic’s handicapped brother help give the film more depth, more emotion and more charisma, setting apart this chick flick from all the rest.
It’s a chick flick so you know how it ends shortly after the first half hour of the film. But that doesn’t mean it’s still not well made for its genre. It is a little on the slow side getting started, but in the end, this predictable yet enjoyable is a decent little flick.
The end result is this more “art flick” style chick flick proved to be an overall success. It is sad that few people will know of the flick however and it will hide away on rental shelves and will be soon forgotten about if even noticed at all. In a world where Hollywood likes to churn out “boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love” type chick flicks it’s nice to see one that has a little more depth and a little more emotion to it. If you are looking for the mushy “I love you” type date movie, look no further, head to the rental store and check it out. It’s worth the cash.