Xavier Samuel and Laura Brent star as a young couple who fall in love while on holiday and find themselves at the centre of the political wedding of the year, in Stephan Elliott’s A Few Best Men.
Samuel’s David is followed to his bride’s Australian home by Best Men Graham (Kevin Bishop), Luke (Tim Draxl) and Tom (Kris Marshall) who manage to embroil themselves in a series of unfortunate accidents and mishaps.
Meanwhile bride Mia’s (Brent) priggish and self-important father (Jonathan Biggins) is conspiring to turn his daughter’s wedding into a political stunt, working the party machinery to hand her his safe Senate seat.
The genuine belly laughs take a while to come but when they do arrive there’s plenty of them. Some stunning Australian locations provide a great backdrop for the often predictable stunts and mishaps of the best men.
Much of the film’s success relies on the charm of Samuel and Brent while the later scenes are lifted above the ordinary by a virtuoso performance from Olivia Newton John as Mia’s cocaine-infused mother.
While the casting is generally successful, Kris Marshall’s Tom is a disappointing variation of his My Family character Nick, a role he’s starting to look too old for.
Otherwise a healthy serving of laughs and two good looking leads make this one to see.
Our verdict: 3.5/5
A Few Best Men is released Friday 31st August