Wedding Banquet, The
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -3

Moms the world over share a common dream - grandchildren. No one knows this better than Wai Tung (Winston Chao), a young Chinese yuppy living in Greenwich Village. His mother calls regularly from Taipei, telling him she has arranged for him to meet a nice Chinese girl. None of the girls ever suit Wai Tung, however, because he is happily involved in a homosexual relationship with Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein). Meanwhile, Wei-Wei (May Chin), a starving artist facing deportation because her green card has expired, desperately needs a husband. She knows of Simon's and Wai Tung's relationship, and the three agree that if she and Wai Tung marry for convenience, Wai Tung's parents will be happy and Wei-Wei will not be deported. The unexpected happens when Mom and Pop Tung come to New York to see that their only heir has a proper wedding. WEDDING BANQUET is two parts comedy and one part poignant drama. The deception creates laughs and the reality brings tears. Despite its subject matter, this is a very entertaining movie.

Definitely not for children, WEDDING BANQUET presents homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle. Both Wai Tung and Simon are very likable, caring young men, but it is very disconcerting to watch them embrace and kiss passionately. Simon cooks, keeps house and plays "wife" to Wai Tung. As the parents' visit is extended for various reasons, Simon becomes jealous of Wei-Wei, who has replaced him in the bedroom. The tension builds until the three explode in front of the parents, who don't understand English - or do they? This bitter exchange includes 15 of the 20 obscenities. Those, plus the frequent homosexual embraces, are the most objectionable elements. WEDDING BANQUET illustrates the devastation parents feel when they learn their child is homosexual.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Co., 10203 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067-6403

Crude Language: Once - Mild
Obscene Language: Many (20) times (s-word 9; f-word 9; other 2)
Profanity: Once - Exclamatory
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: Once implied (couple in bed, under covers)
Nudity: Breast nudity once, obscured
Homosexual Conduct: Many times - homosexual lovers kiss passionately, shown in bed caressing; embrace several times; kisses on cheek
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Drunkenness at wedding party
Other: None
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