The Wedding Plan feels a lot like travelling back to the ’80s where a romantic comedy like this would have been entirely expected, and was probably crafted in one form or another already. The problem is that this isn’t the ’80s, and that leaves the film feeling almost insulting.
Michal (Noa Koler) is engaged to be married, but her soon-to-be husband tells her that he doesn’t really love her. With only 22 days left until her scheduled wedding, Michal decides to keep the event planned and that God will deliver her a husband because she has faith that God wouldn’t do anything to hurt her. She sets off on a series of dates and matchmaking sessions that result in one disaster after another, desperately trying to find her Mr. Right Now.
From the moment the film begins, until the credits begin to roll, Michal cries about being alone, complains that she just wants to be married so her life will be complete, and aggressively pursues any man that is thrown her way. Her friends and family are either dealing with their own romantic problems, or trying to convince her that she doesn’t have to rush into a marriage. There isn’t one woman in this movie who is simply happy to be single and independent. If the message of only being a complete woman once you get married sounds appealing to you, you’ll certainly enjoy The Wedding Plan.
Honestly, I can’t even figure out who the audience to this film would be. You may have a hard time convincing a man to head out to the latest romantic comedy, and I can’t see any woman who would sit through this and happily enjoy it. This would cause the Bechdel Test to burst into flames. The fact that Rama Burshtein, a woman, wrote and directed The Wedding Plan makes things even more confusing. It’s not funny, mostly due to the fact that every woman in the movie comes off as desperate and needy, whether they’re in a relationship or not. In fact, the one woman who is actually married that we are directly told about, spends her time trying to get back together with her husband who won’t even speak to her.
I couldn’t even begin to wrap my head around the horrible depictions of women in this film. There’s not one person who even suggests to Michal that she should just be happy on her own. All the advice is that she’ll find someone, just not to try and do it within the 22 day time limit she has set. Don’t forget, happiness is being married to a man and not found by, I don’t know, maybe going out there and living the life you want to.
Perhaps there’s a cultural or religious difference that I’m missing out on, as Michal is an ultra-orthodox Israeli Jewish woman, but I still find it hard to believe that anybody would think this behaviour or story is okay in 2017. Yes, the performances are well done, but if the story is so ridiculous, or outright insulting depending on your personal opinion, what does it matter if everybody does a great job.