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Sam Davis (Michael Angarano) convinces his former best friend to spend a weekend with him to rekindle their friendship at an elegant beachside estate owned by a famous documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace). But it soon becomes clear that Sam is secretly infatuated with the filmmaker's fiancée, Zoe (Uma Thurman), and that his true intention is to thwart their impending nuptials. As Sam's plan begins to unravel, he is forced to realize how complicated love and friendship can be.--(c) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yes, it's been done before (and better). But Uma lends it a sly and sexy spark."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Winkler directs with a borrowed sense of assurance."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Winkler is a titan at balancing comedy and drama. And Angarano is hilarious as our as our lead, channelling a young Vince Vaughn: the out of place winks, the full confidence in situations he has no way of gaining."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"It's only funny because its putrid dialogue is so unfunny that it drags flies."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Well acted, with plenty of color around its edges, Ceremony too often dawdles and dissembles when it should be digging deeper. Still, the performances make it connect, even though Winkler seems to have an aversion to catharsis."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"The contradictory elements stack up at the same time your interest in the characters dwindles."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Does Uma Thurman perpetually underestimate herself, or is Quentin Tarantino the only filmmaker who appreciates her?"
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"This marriage for profit story featuring a delusional wedding crasher is neither romantic nor funny."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"More interested in melancholy wryness than belly laughs, and the low-key results have a pleasant fizz. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"[Angarano] and Thurman have scenes of such honesty and raw emotional energy that it's almost possible to forgive "Ceremony" its sometimes sluggish pacing and its peevish protagonist. Almost, but not quite."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"The offbeat comedy is not entirely devoid of charm, but its derivativeness is almost embarrassing."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Young Winkler needs to learn that simply instructing characters to smirk and look ironic is not enough; you actually have to come up with funny things for them to say."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Zoe's heartfelt declaration 'I can't be your mermaid,' succinctly sums up the entire situation."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Doesn't offer anything worth the time invested, issuing derivative characters and tuneless situations of longing coated with an ineffective layer of crooked whimsy that often acts like salt in the wound."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"In "Ceremony," a Wes Anderson impersonator attempts a version of "Wedding Crashers," and it's about as bad as you might think."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
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