The biggest problem with Sam isnít that his scheme to interrupt the nuptials last-minute has been overdone in movies, television and probably the childrenís books he writes. Itís that heís an annoying and unfunny motormouth that the audience canít possibly root for.
Fortunately for Sam, none of the other characters has any focus or much charm to show, either. Thompsonís Marshall is given little to do but mope for the duration; Lee Paceís fiancť is an egotistical nature doc filmmaker who considers himself a step above auteur; and Thurmanís Zoe seems torn between two men for no good reason other than to stretch the movieís runtime.
First-time feature writer-director Winkler has a long way to go if he wants to distinguish himself as something more than a witless, quarter-baked mix between Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, which heís been rightfully stamped as. But as of this writing, his best work is still as Boy in Bathroom in his father Henryís Cop and Ĺ.
Outtakes (2:40): Also brief, this section features the cast giggling their way through takes.
Extended Scene (2:37): This clip offers a lengthier take on the dinner toast scene.
Making of Ceremony (21:47) is a standard featurette that uses interviews (with Winkler, Thurman, Angarano, and more), on-set footage and clips to give a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Winklerís debut.
Max Winkler Makes Ceremony (8:18): In this piece, more on-set footage and interviews are used. While slightly similar to the previous featurette, this brief documentary contains more intimate moments from the production of Ceremony, making it the better of the two.
Behind the Scenes Footage (7:17): At this point, the idea of including set footage is repetitive and this addition to the special features does little to enhance the movie for fans like ďMax Winkler Makes CeremonyĒ does.
HDNet: A Look at Ceremony (4:36) is a promotional piece for HDNetís release of the movie.
A Year in a Tent: A Film by Whit Coutell (3:58): This mockumentary features Whitís adventures in Africa, a brief clip of which was shown in Ceremony.