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Batsh*t Bride

The Batsh*t Bride is finally marching down the aisle.  Everybody duck!

Heather Popadopalis (Meghan Falcone) is an event planner and, in typical fashion for the duties of her job, she wants everything to go as planned for her wedding.  Her friends call her Heather the Heart Attack.  She just can’t relax.  She’s even got the itinerary down to the very minute, planning everything for everyone - including how the Flower Girl should through the petals.  “Like a rainbow,” she directs the poor girl.  

"With a zippy energy usually reserved for screwball comedies, Batsh*t Bride whips by with crackling dialogue  and hilarious scenes of desperation"


But, after a night out with her friends, she discovers what they really think of her.  Floored, she decides to maybe (just once) relax a little.  Bring on April Fools’ Day!  What a perfect day to switch things up!

Things don’t go as planned with her thoughtless prank and a very difficult Bridezilla goes from being just plain bad to much, much worse in this wedding comedy from writer-director Jonathan Smith.

Her little joke on her fiancé Bryce (Josh Covitt)  backfires.  She’s driven a lot of people away and now, when she jokes about not being in love with him anymore, he jumps at the chance to break up with Heather and not go through with the marriage.  In fact, he’s so happy about it that he calls his mother and tells her the good news!

With a zippy energy usually reserved for screwball comedies, Batsh*t Bride whips by with crackling dialogue  and hilarious scenes of desperation.  Heather is in panic and damage mode throughout this comedy.  She learns Bryce’s ENTIRE office had a bet going on whether or not he’d go through with it and an off-and-on wedding announcement that gets more embarrassing the longer Heather’s list of family members attending this Maybe Not Wedding gets.   

After the shock sinks in, she freaks out and decides - blatantly refusing to accept reality - that the wedding is STILL going to happen and she goes out of her way to play pretend in hilarious sequences in front of the court, jail, and beyond.  There are some tough, tough lessons that Heather needs to learn about people and about NOT judging them so harshly.  

And she learns them in the strangest of places.  Sure, the film can be a little heavy with some of its lessons, but Batsh*t Bride doesn’t aim to be anything but a jaunty romantic comedy about treating people the best way possible.  Fun and full of crazy (yet honest) characters, Smith has a strong cast - which includes Jonny Svarzbein, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Shaina Vorspan, Kayla Conroy, and Patrick Collins - who deliver their lines with solid timing and create some standout moments in the romcom territory.Batsh*t Bride

Winner of “Best Comedy” at Breckenridge Film Festival 2019 and an official selection at NewFilmmakers NY 2019, Festival of Cinema NYC 2019 (Nominee: “Best Narrative Feature”), Studio City International Film Festival 2019 (Winner: “Best Comedy Actor in a Feature” for Meghan Falcone), Ridgefield Independent Film Festival 2019 (Nominee: “Best Narrative Feature”), New Haven International Film Festival 2019 (Winner: “Best Connecticut Feature” and “Best Connecticut Director”), and Cambria Film Festival 2020, Batsh*t Bride is available to stream on May 8th from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play/YouTube, Vudu, and AT&T/DirecTV, Dish, iN DEMAND (Spectrum, Comcast), among other streaming platforms.

Til jest do we part indeed!

3/5 stars

Batsh*t Bride

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Batsh*t Bride

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
81 mins
Director
: Jonathan Smith
Writer:
Jonathan Smith
Cast:
Meghan Falcone, Josh Covitt, Jonny Svarzbein
Genre
: Comedy | Romance
Tagline:
'Til jest do us part.
Memorable Movie Quote: "This is not the outfit I requested"
Theatrical Distributor:
Freestyle Releasing
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Release Date:
April 3, 2020
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 20, 2019.
Synopsis: Batsh*t Bride is a comedy about a bride who, on April Fools' Day, just before her wedding, pranks her fiancé by saying that she thinks that they've lost that spark and that they should call off the wedding and break up, only to discover that he feels the exact same way. Everything spirals out of control from there as she tries to stop her big day from falling apart.

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