The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)
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A gay New Yorker stages a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family, but the wedding becomes a major inconvenience when his parents fly in for the ceremony. Director Ang Lee came to international prominence with this warm-hearted comedy, which centers on the farcical confusion that emerges from this deception. Gao Wai Tung (Winston Chao) has never shared the truth about his sexuality with his family, and hopes to disguise his long-term relationship with his lover Simon by marrying Wei-Wei, a young artist who's only it for the green card. But Wai… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A very adroit and entertaining social comedy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It is the unusual film comedy in which the humor springs as much from character as from situation."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Lee sustains the bubbling hilarity, but also provides quieter, deeper observation of the characters' motives and moods."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lee's control of his characters is already pretty masterful: this is a smart, funny and moving work."
‑ , Film4
"Fine, subtle, moving Ang Lee film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Ang's elegantly orchestrated farce is generous with hilarious moments."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"This tale of a marriage of convenience charms and amuses with strong comedic performances with a great script and some beautifully shot sequences."
‑ Colette Maude, Empire Magazine
"This sharply observed madcap comedy, about a marriage of convenience between a gay Taiwanese American and a Chinese woman, examines the primacy of the individual within a culture that worships authority and rewards conformity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"clever, consistently funny and unexpectedly poignant to boot"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Never patronising his characters, Ang Lee combines comedy, both subtle and raucous, with acute social asides."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The Wedding Banquet never becomes bogged down by its own seriousness. Lee manages to keep the production buoyant by including scenes that are often riotously funny."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Cultural clashes all over the place in this sweet and gently comedy."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A thoughtful and ultimately deeply moving story about family ties, tradition, and acceptance."
‑ Don Willmott,
"This is an enjoyable film, though perhaps not as good as word-of-mouth would have it."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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