Over the course of three consecutive years, the daughters of Claude and Marie Verneuil (Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby) have married husbands of Jewish, Muslim, and Chinese backgrounds. When their youngest daughter Laure (Elodie Fontan) announces that she’s engaged to a Catholic man, it raises the hopes of Claude and Marie that one of their daughters will have a “normal” husband. However, when they find out Laure’s fiance Charlie (Noom Diawara) is African, it sends the family’s racial tensions to its peak.

Serial (Bad) Weddings is a French romantic comedy being released fifteen years into the 21st century, even though the film makes it feel like nothing has changed since Sidney Poitier starred in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner way back in 1967. Is the concept of married couples of mixed races and religions really still such a taboo subject?

At the center of Serial (Bad) Weddings are a very traditional, white, Catholic, French couple, who can’t get it around their heads that their daughters married men of different races and religions. Claude is constantly making racist comments, all while denying to be racist, and Marie starts falling into depression and seeing a psychiatrist, in response to her daughters’ choice of spouses. Laure and Charlie turn out to be the final straw for them, since marrying a black man is apparently the worst thing that can happen to the family.

There probably isn’t a character in Serial (Bad) Weddings, who doesn’t say something racist or offensive at one point. In addition to Claude and Marie’s actions, the three brothers-in-law say racist comments to each other, Charlie’s father André wears a traditional boubou to purposely incite a reaction out of Claude, and the local Catholic priest is shown browsing eBay during confession and begins snickering when he finds out Charlie’s race. Heck, even Charlie and Laure resort at one point to making racist comments about each other’s families.

Apparently, the logic of the filmmakers of Serial (Bad) Weddings is that it’s okay to be highly offensive and unfunny, as long as there is a tacked on happy ending, where the characters learn from their actions and accept the differences of others. This type of thinking is incredibly outdated and the question has to be asked why couldn’t the parents be supportive from the beginning?