The Knot


With a ninety minute running time, The Knot lasts about eighty-five minutes too long. You’d do just as well to watch the trailer and then tuck in to a night with Bridesmaids and The Hangover, to which this movie is compared. Aside from a general plot involving a marriage and a wedding party, nothing distinguishes its story or characters.

Much of the screen time is wasted on tried, juvenile gags. The groom wakes up with a stripper. Wait – she’s a dude. A bridesmaid is missing. Oh, she’s screwing another stripper. The best man drops the ring in the toilet. Must dive headfirst into the can to retrieve it. The outfitted bride has a violent need to defecate. Get the maid of honor to wipe her bum.

None elicit the slightest laugh and besides these, the movie experiments with several storytelling techniques that are equal parts superfluous and confusing. The film opens with a question and answer video shoot, à la When Harry Met Sally, that the bride and groom will show on their wedding night (but do not). Additional footage is scattered throughout but is not relevant to the plot. The movie also takes on a faux hand-held approach that only emphasizes how amateur this production is.

The characters are equally disposable, and the only one with a remotely interesting backstory is an awkward bridesmaid (Susannah Fielding) who’s married to a verbally abusive and philandering jerk. But her trials are just an afterthought and must compete with a spectrum of vapid characters, from the well-meaning best bud (Noel Clarke) to the reckless sidekick (Brett Goldstein, Rhoda Montemayor). Even the couple fails to impress. Jeremy (Matthew McNulty) and Alexandra (Talulah Riley) are about as dull as they are nice, and they are very agreeable. This despite a cast with substantial acting credits to their names. They just can’t wrestle an interior life out of a miserable script.

Released: 2012
Prod: Louise Dylan, Hakan Kousetta, Noel Clarke
Dir: Jesse Lawrence
Writer: Noel Clarke, Davie Fairbanks, Geoff Carino
Cast: Matthew McNulty, Talulah Riley, Noel Clarke, Mena Suvari, Susannah Fielding, Jason Maza
Time: 92 min
Lang: English
Country: United Kingdom
Reviewed: 2013