Always A Bridesmaid

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

Imagine handing a video camera to your most privileged, self-absorbed girlfriend and encouraging her to record her every thought — no matter how trivial or clichéd — on matters of the heart. The result would probably be much like this highly personal examination of filmmaker Nina Davenport's obsession with marriage, which isn't to say that it...read more

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Imagine handing a video camera to your most privileged, self-absorbed girlfriend and encouraging her to record her every thought — no matter how trivial or clichéd — on matters of the heart. The result would probably be much like this highly personal examination of filmmaker Nina Davenport's obsession with marriage, which isn't to say that it doesn't contain moments of genuine insight — only that you have to sit through a lot of facile blather to get to them. Approaching 30, the pretty, Harvard-educated Nina is in the throes of a crisis. Forget some three decades of feminist consciousness-raising: Davenport, who characterizes herself as "boy crazy," lives in terror of becoming a spinster and wants boyfriend Nick Kurzon to commit to marriage. But Kurzon, an aspiring documentary filmmaker who's five years younger than Davenport and still lives with his parents, isn't ready. Exacerbating Davenport's anxiety is the fact that she's a wedding photographer/videographer by profession, surrounded day-in and day-out by glowing brides, many of them just about her age. So Nina starts interviewing, talking to her friends, her clients and her family about their attitudes towards marriage, their expectations of the opposite sex and their thoughts about the differences between today's young women and those of previous generations. Davenport's own mother had received no fewer than 13 serious proposals of marriage by the time she settled down at age 28, so why have Davenport's many boyfriends been so reluctant? Hmmmmmm... Could it be because she's a needy, pampered, self-centered drama queen? To Davenport's credit, her friend Susanne suggests as much (while Davenport is busy hashing out her relationship problems during another friend's bachelorette weekend) and the footage made it into the finished film. Also to Davenport's credit, she tries to broaden the documentary's subject beyond her man troubles by interviewing a series of elderly women who never married, choosing instead to find fulfillment in their own accomplishments and company. Any one of them would probably have made a more interesting subject for a feature-length film than Davenport and her wedding bell blues. But a certain kind of young woman will no doubt see her own experiences and emotional turmoil mirrored in Davenport's, and may find some comfort in knowing that she's not alone. This documentary debuted on cable.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Imagine handing a video camera to your most privileged, self-absorbed girlfriend and encouraging her to record her every thought — no matter how trivial or clichéd — on matters of the heart. The result would probably be much like this highly pers… (more)

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