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Second-Hand Wedding, Movie

Second-Hand Wedding 2008

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Kiwi comedy from first time director Paul Murphy, and first time writer Linda Niccol (based on an original story by Nick Ward, writer of Stickmen and The Ferryman).

Follows the fortunes of the Rose family, who live on the idyllic Kapiti Coast, where the sunsets are spectacular, parking is still free and bargains abound. Jill (Brophy) and Brian (Wilson) Rose are happily married and looking forward to their daughter, primary school teacher Cheryl (Shanahan, who played Jools on Outrageous Fortune), following in their footsteps when long-time boyfriend, mechanic Stew (O’Kane), proposes. Clouds gather, however, when it becomes clear that Cheryl has issues with her mother's voracious bargain hunting, which she fears will ruin her wedding. Covering up the truth has consequences for everyone involved. Also stars NZ’s Elvis, John ‘Cheryl Moana Marie’ Rowles as himself.

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Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
The most recent offering from our local film industry is a warm hearted romantic comedy set on the Kapiti coast. It centres on the impending marriage of Cheryl Rose to her sweet heart Stew. What should be the happiest day of Cheryl’s life is complicated by her mother Jill’s compulsion for hunting down bargains. She fears that this will turn her wedding into a tacky exercise in cutting costs which will in turn ruin the day every little girl dreams of. When word of this filters back to Jill, the previously idyllic family relations are threatened and the wedding has a whole raft of new issues to overcome.

Second Hand Wedding is infused with a healthy dose of kiwiana that extends beyond antipodean accents and familiar iconography. The small town location where everyone knows everyone else’s business is well handled, serving not only as a backdrop for the story, but also as a key factor in the plot’s development. It’s a dramatic world where you find recognisable characters, true to the film’s neo-rustic atmosphere while still expressive of universal human traits and foibles.

That writer Nick Ward grew up in a place with such people is evident, as is the genuine affection he holds for this type of community. However, the most notable feature to emerge when perusing the crew list is that the director is Paul Murphy, son of Geoff who helmed kiwi films such as the classic Goodbye Pork Pie. This knowledge, plus the films earthy, down home qualities, makes you feel as though you are watching the next generation of local filmmakers in action.

My problem with the film is how low key it is. While this is a deliberate, and successful, attempt to avoid histrionics and melodrama, it also causes the whole film to feel a little flat. You can see where you’re supposed to laugh and cry, but most of the time the techniques employed to achieve this err too far on the side of subtlety. Because of this, Second Hand Wedding doesn’t linger long in the memory after the credits have rolled. Apart from the John Rowles cameo, of course.

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32 ratings and 33 reviews

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A wonderful, funny, gentle film

trisha hehir Nobody (?)

I laughed and cried and laughed and cried and inbetween smiled alot at the warming familiarity and gentle humour. It was one of the best films I have seen in a while, made more so because I wasn't expecting it. I recommend this film to anyone who has ever bought from a garage sale and everyone else who should have, it's a NZ birthright.

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What a super movie!

sally Nobody (?)

Not often i can say I loved a kiwi movie but Second Hand Wedding was lovely!
If you are a kiwi, over 30 and a woman, you will love it too...take your Mum and your Granny or your best friends and enjoy a romp through your own backyard. This movie is a little bargain!

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Second hand wedding

Jeanette Osborne Nobody (?)

Thoroughly enjoyed it.
well done.

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Very Kiwi, well perhaps,

Brian1 Flicks Superstar (?)

In trying to present a corny look at something quite kiwi, the garage sale and family life when a family member is overtaken by it, Paul Murphy has done a good job.

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I love NZ movies

Tones Nobody (?)

First time I've been to the movies without kids in ages and this was really worth it. Good story, great acting by Jill and best of all it was a story about us and the people we know. Bring on more NZ films I say.

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Second-hand Funeral of laughs.

Lily Nobody (?)

Goodness me such generous reviewer. Compare this to the great cinema of our country and it falls indeed short of five stars. I want to support New Zealand film makers and the varied approaches, but this was particularly uninspiring. Though I did appreciate the John Rowles cameo and admire the departure from the 'New Zealand gothic' sub-genre we so freely adhere to. But on the whole a dry, very straight drama.

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SURPRISINGLY GOOD

kevin archer Nobody (?)

I must admit I had some reservations about this movie mainly related to the possible acting quality and the lack of depth in the story. But I was pleasantly surprised on both counts. It was a most enjoyable movie, well acted and very believable.


Kevin Archer

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ABOUT TIME

Pam B Nobody (?)

Who says we are a nation full of incest driven siblings, rapists and murderers, with brooding violent scenery. NO I say, this Pakeha family shows us as we were about 10 years ago before trademe made us all stay at home and become computer geeks. This movie proves we can laugh at ourselves and feel good about the outcome, old fashioned values of love and respect and fear of what your mother will do come together here. Don't expect too much and you will be delightfully surprised. We need more of these movies! Someone, anyone find a investor and get going, kiwi's do have a sense of humour - true!

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Excellent - a must see

Engaged Nobody (?)

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. All the actors suited their parts. had highs and lows and everyone who lives in NZ would be able to relate to it. Definetaly a must see.

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Brilliant New Zealand Movie-Second-hand Wedding

Barbie Shepherd Nobody (?)

I laughed, I cried. It was such a real slice of New Zealand life. I am a Teacher, and a Mother whose Husband had a heart attack, so I could personally identify with so much of it. The script, the beautiful photography, the relationships; were all so very real. This film deserves to go far. It is one of the best I have ever seen. I plan to go again. Keep producing such excellent films which don't rely on violence and sex, but clever nuances of human relationships, to delight the soul. It was fast-moving and pacy without a dull boring moment.You deserve an Oscar for it and I hope you get one.
Sincerely,
Barbie Shepherd.

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Excellent film

Richard Stein Nobody (?)

Thoroughly enjoyable. Everyone in our party who saw it agreed. Excellent acting.

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Second Hand Wedding

Pauline Markham Nobody (?)

I have had the good fortune of seeing this movie three times.
Every viewing highlighted the excellent acting and the subtle connections with the family and the two passions of Jill; ie the surname Rose from the song 'Second Hand Rose' and naming her daughter Cheryl after John Rowles' song. The story line was refreshing, flowing easily from humour to pathos in a realistic way.
I live in the Kapiti area and have had fun finding some of the venues. I have also bought and really enjoyed the Cattlestops CD. Great work by everyone involved. You deserve the success you have received so far. May it continue. Cheers Pauline Markham

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Boring

Jane Nobody (?)

I was excited to see this movie with all the fab reviews. To be honest i was entirely disappointed and thought it was rubbish. I walked out half way. Although i agree the acting was fab, the story line itself was self indulgent, wet and uneducated. Maybe next time NZ Film Fund will assist in funding a more intellectual saga/drama instead of assisting in 'nepotism'.

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Great Kiwi Flick!

Kiwi Kate Nobody (?)

Like a lot of people I know, I enjoyed the film so much that I went back to watch it again!
Well done to everyone involved in Second Hand Wedding!
Polished acting and a nice gentle story. Who needs Batman?

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KIWI CLASSIC!

lisa Nobody (?)

a story about what could be happening right next door.
a classic that'll be watched again and again and loved for years.
with a low budget film, the makers have done wonders.
a big thumbs up !!

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Simply Sweet

Petal Nobody (?)

The last reviewer obviousy has an axe to grind with the writer. But ignore the saddos that chop the tall poppies this film is a delight. Sweet and simple. It doesn't ask too much of you and returns laughter, tears a and the warmest of warm feelings. A bargain and absolute bargain!

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touching

robin Nobody (?)

We watched this on the plane back to Oz after a magical holiday in NZ. It was a perfect ending - so sweet and touching - a lasting memory of a wondeful country and people.
Robin and Jane

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Good Kiwi Movie

Heather Bevan Nobody (?)

Funny,touching,very New Zealand, and obviously Wellington. Well filmed, well acted. I would watch it again.

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Kiwi and as real as it gets.

Brian Nobody (?)

Thoroughly enjoyed it, although as the Wife said,"probably enjoyed it more as we know several of the people, venues and geography in the movie". Good light hearted comedy, not depending on smut or language to effectively put across it's story of Kiwi culture.

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Highly recommended A+++

Rowena Nobody (?)

No kidding.. This is such a great movie. Watched it with my husband, he saw me cried on some parts of the movie. I would certainly tell my family and friends to watch it, too.
Nice natural acting...love the movie.

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Robins Does it Again

Tom Nobody (?)

Kerry Robins (Producer) is a film guru. His son Michael is on course to be in the same league so we can look forward to many great flicks like Second Hand Wedding in the future.

What a movie!!!

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wow - go kiwi

Sara Martensen Nobody (?)

I just wanted to pass on my gratitude. This was a spectular show of great kiwi ingenuity.
I just loved it. My congrats to all people involved in making this film.
Thank you for showing that the kiwi spirit is still alive and well.

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margaret knight Nobody (?)

hi, heard so much about this movie desperately would like to see it,I am living in victoria australia how am I able to see this flick. thanks

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Excellent low low bugdet film!

Masha Nobody (?)

Some may not realise it but this was made for extremely little money that it's ridiculous how they could even pull it off, in fact I was surprised they had it even looking anywhere near decent. So a huge thumbs up to kiwi ingenuity and just doing it - it's now one of the top 10 grossing NZ films, so that definitely says a lot!

Well done and loved the performances.

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Kiwi style!!..

JMPR Nobody (?)

I really feel this film is shit, NZ films mmm....
This is the most stupid film I've ever seen, and if you don't believe me, look for a film called "El Carro", a Colombian film, and that was better than this!!
By the way it is COLOMBIAN not COLUMBIAN like all you useless kiwis spell it!
Good luck to all of you!
I better be in Zimbabwe where I can get shut, than Cambridge, Waikato, the time I spent there was horrid, I almost becalmed a HAFIF!

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Second Hand Wedding ...Fabulous

Sylvia Brown Nobody (?)

Second Hand Wedding in my books is another The Castle movie. I have watched it twice and enjoyed it both times Congratulations well done.

Regards

Sylvia Brown Wollongong NSW.

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sapphire Nobody (?)

i think the reason why i love it is because it was filmed in my home town and i knew where everything is!

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Great!

Jocelyn Rutledge Nobody (?)

First of all, JMPR - it's ironic that you were so upset about misspellings when you can hardly spell yourself!

Great heartwarming movie...highly recommended.

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awsome!!!! loved it :)

kelly Nobody (?)

SECOND HAND WEDDING is a bittersweet dramatic comedy that every kiwi would enjoy watching.

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Press Reviews

Dominion Post [Graeme Tuckett]

1/2 Like your best mate: local, independent, good natured, generous, funny, and just plain likeable. Filmed on the Kapiti Coast earlier this year, the film was a labour of love for director Paul Murphy and his crew. Full review.

NZ Herald [Peter Calder]

It's not as sharp-witted nor dysfunctional as last year's Eagle Vs Shark set just down the road from this on Wellington's Kapiti Coast, neither is it quite the suburban heartland answer to Sione's Wedding. But as a cosy mumsy nuptials flick it still hits the spot with its affectionately drawn main characters. Second-Hand Wedding might have been made on the cheap but it's just a like a bought one. Oh and it's sure to get a warm reception. Full review.