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Ceremony
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06.24.2011 By: Mathew Plale
Ceremony order
Director:
Max Winkler

Actors:
Michael Angarano
Uma Thurman
Reece Thompson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A writer (Angarano) drags his best friend (Thompson) to the resort his former fling (Thurman) is to be married that weekend.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Max Winklerís Ceremony begins with two friends, Sam (Michael Angarano) and Marshall (Reece Thompson), reuniting for the first time in years. Sam takes Marshall on a short road trip to a beach community where Samís former fling, Zoe (Uma Thurman), is to be married. Samís plan? To thwart the wedding between Whit and Zoe. Why? Because apparently their one-night stand was good enough for Sam to grow a mustache, send Zoe whatever junk heís written and disrupt her big day.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes (2:11): Offered here are three snippets, which are too short and uneventful to add anything to the story or characters.

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.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Ceremony is an unoriginal effort for Max Winkler's feature-length debut that comes across as bland Anderson or Baumbach. Those who may have enjoyed it in theaters, however, do get a fair amount of extras, most of which just consist of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews to build up the movie.
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