FILM: The Knot (15)

Walking down the aisle is a precarious business in Jesse Lawrence’s effervescent rom-com, co-written by Doug Camino.

It’s a pity that The Knot says “I do” so soon after The Wedding Video hit multiplexes because both films are similar in style and tone, witnessing the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune that befall an expectant bride and groom in the run up to the big day.

In the case of Lawrence’s frothy confection, Jeremy (Matthew McNulty) wakes from his stag-do with a transvestite in his bed and scant memory of the night before.

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Best man Peter (Noel Clarke) and buddies Ralphus (Jason Maza), Albert (Brett Goldstein) and Jack (Davie Fairbanks) muddle through the fog of their hangovers to reach the church on time.

Meanwhile, blushing bride Alexandra (Talulah Riley) wakes nervously from her hen night, which ended with sex-crazed Anisha (Rhoda Montemayor) bedding the male stripper.

Fellow bridesmaids Sarah (Mena Suvari), Julie (Susannah Fielding) and Helen (Louise Dylan) attempt to keep Alex sane, while Peter reminds his posse to enjoy their final day together: “We were The Beatles and Alex has come along and taken our Lennon,” he jokes.

The Knot delivers a few giggles, interspersed with some predictable gross-out moments, such as Peter accidentally dropping the rings into a pungent, unflushed toilet or a Julie banishing her relationship blues with a battery-operated sex toy. Imagine a one-night stand between Bridesmaids and The Hangover, but without the uproarious belly laughs, and Lawrence’s film will meet your meagre expectations.

By Damon Smith

Released: October 5 (UK & Ireland, selected cinemas), 92 mins