An altar-bound Tori Spelling has good reason to suspect her fiance isn't the marrying type when his boyhood boyfriend crashes the wedding in "Kiss the Bride," the first feature to result from Outfest's screenwriting lab. Formulaic gay comedy delivers its share of grins on the way to an (arguably) unexpected ending, but too-broad execution will surely limit niche pic's crossover potential. Fact that laffer hails from director C. Jay Cox (whose "Latter Days" was the highest-grossing gay-themed pic of 2004) and stars camp icon Spelling could give "Bride" a boost over similar fare in its limited theatrical run.
If told from the perspective of Spelling's character, Alex, such a romantic comedy might have appealed to hetero auds as well, but screenwriter Ty Lieberman identifies with out-and-proud Matt (Philipp Karner) instead. Ten years after leaving his conservative Arizona hometown, the successful magazine editor has no trouble meeting men, but dumps them soon enough when they fail to measure up to his high school flame, Ryan (James O'Shea).
Matt still feels guilty about leaving his beau behind to attend Stanford U. When he receives an invitation to Ryan and Alex's wedding, Matt drops everything and flies home to investigate whether there's any reason the two should not be married -- or, as his assistant/accomplice (Jane Cho) puts it, "You are so Julia Roberts in 'My Best Friend's Wedding' right now."
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