The Big Day (1999) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

The Big Day is also known as We Met on the Vineyard.
I suppose there must be a story behind this. Made in 1999 with good production values and Hollywood actors, it was never released theatrically and waited two years for a home video release.  


 It has two separate listings at IMDb (one under We Met on the Vineyard, and one under "Big Day", without the "The"), and neither one has any comments or enough votes for a rating. Therefore, virtually nobody has seen it or heard of it. The IMDb links have the correct cast and director info under "We Met on the Vineyard", but has the correct DVD link under "Big Day". The other info for "Big Day" is actually for some unrelated short film.

Why did the film get shelved for so long? I'm not sure. It's not an exceptionally good movie, but it's not an exceptionally bad one, either. I suppose the biggest weakness is that it is a cutesy, whitebread studio-type picture from an indie production company, thereby assuring it will disappoint Indy fans, and have no natural outlet for distribution.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • no widescreen, but the transfer is attractive

  • no features

The basic plot: it is a wedding day, and the bridegroom's brother chooses this opportunity to reveal that he and the bride once had an affair. Even though this occured before the bride and groom ever met, the groom gets into some kind of spiritual crisis because they have been hiding it from him for so long. He disappears, talks to some knowing and wise street people (street people are the shamans of the movie universe, possessing a spirituality and wisdom unknown to prosperous suburbanites), returns.

While he is missing, some semi-funny things happen while the family pretends that the groom just had a flat tire or something.


The Critics Vote

  • none

The People Vote ...

IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C-. Kinda watchable, but just inoffensive fluff, not much humor.

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