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"But don't you believe there's someone for everyone?"
"Close. I believe that there's nobody for anyone."

Lindsay: So we're just the people you don't know where to stick?
Frank: Might as well just stick us together.
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Destination Wedding is a 2018 Romantic Comedy starring only Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. It was written and directed by Victor Levin.

Frank (Reeves) and Lindsay (Ryder) are two socially maladjusted misanthropes who get off on the wrong foot at the airport. Shortly after, they realize that they're both reluctant attendees at the same destination wedding in San Luis Obispo, California. Mostly left to their own devices during the wedding activities, the cynical Frank (the groom's estranged half-brother) and the romantic Lindsay (the groom's ex-fiancee) find themselves gravitating towards each other.


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  • Actually Pretty Funny: One of the first turning points in the story is when Lindsay flips off Frank as she walks away from the table on their first night, to which he actually chuckles and even takes a second look in her direction.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: Frank and Lindsay's conversations border on the metatextual as they cover and mock tropes that would be played straight in a more typical romantic comedy.
  • Bi the Way: The officiant at the wedding is revealed to have slept with both the bride and the groom and and the three of them are seen dancing suggestively during the reception.
  • Bridal Carry: Lindsay nags Frank into carrying her through a vineyard through a wedding venue this way, since her heels won't make the trip.
  • Calling Your Orgasms: True to its parodic form, the movie has a rather strange one after Frank explains his mother's incredibly disturbing, weird "trick" for having a boy, which is calling out "oh boy!" during climax. Lindsay does, for some reason. What's more amusing, though, is once the sex starts to feel good, Lindsay alarms Frank by chanting "no" but it's actually only her aversion to the positive sensation.
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  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Frank and Lindsay are understandable shocked and scared of the mountain lion, but not enough to stop bickering with each other over what kind of wild cat it is or what they should do to save themselves.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Frank's incredibly obnoxious throat-ear-clearing noises, of all things.
  • The Cynic: Frank, who is so determined to hang on to his cynical worldview — that life is meaningless and there's nobody for anybody — that he attempts to dodge all of Lindsay's attempts to connect with him.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Frank's. His father left his mother and later shot him, said mother went on to marry another man and have Keith, the man later left her for an older woman.
  • Evil Matriarch: We're led to believe Frank's mother is pretty awful.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Frank is of the opinion that his attitude is justifiable because of his dysfunctional family, but Lindsay wonders if he should stop using that as an excuse.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Played for Laughs. Lindsay and Frank have sex on a hill after surviving an encounter with a mountain lion, but the act is forced and awkward.
  • Headdesk: Lindsay, after watching her obnoxious ex dip and kiss his new bride for an excessively long time on the dance floor.
    Frank: I can't help but hope Keith tears a hip muscle.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Frank protests, but he does in fact have a heart, proven when instead of running from the cougar, he manages to scare it off and save both himself and Lindsay.
  • Immodest Orgasm: Both Frank and Lindsay's, despite the sex scene being Played for Laughs instead of trying to be a hot and heavy scene like in your average rom-com.
  • Informed Attribute: Since only Frank and Lindsay have speaking lines, none of Frank and Lindsay's criticisms and complaints about the married couple and their associates are proven, with only implications towards them at most being shownnote . It's not outright stated how much is truth and how much is their resentment, misanthropy, and judgment.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Frank is about as mean and cynical as they come, but he does point out the ridiculousness of the destination wedding, the pointless nature of privileged people who are in no immediate danger getting to complain about their problems, and the hypocrisy of dating and existence in general. It's both frighteningly nihilistic and yet accurate.
  • Maybe Ever After: The film ends with Frank showing up at Lindsay's doorstep as she smiles at him and gestures for him to come inside.
  • Minimalist Cast: Frank and Lindsay are the only characters who have speaking lines.
  • The Oner: Some of the conversations of Frank and Lindsay are done in single takes, with the camera either holding still or very slowly moving in closer.
  • Plane Awful Flight: After bitter, judgemental Lindsay and Frank snipe at each other while boarding, they find out that they're next to each other in the back of the extremely tiny airplane which ricochets with every turbulence. Naturally, this doesn't help their dislike of each other.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: You have to pay close attention to enjoy the pure nuggets of vitriolic gold between Frank and Lindsay. Both are razor-witted and they don't pause very often.
  • Running Gag: Lindsay's inability to open food packaging bugs Frank several points throughout the film.
  • Rule of Funny: The fact that the cougar allows the two of them to debate with each other over what kind of animal it is before attempting to menace towards them.
  • Scenery Porn: Even though the two of them are completely miserable, their surroundings are actually quite lovely.
  • Stealth Parody: It's quite obvious the film is making fun of stereotypical romantic-comedies, but the way the story and plot are formed adhere to the usual arc of a romantic comedy: character introductions, characters hate each other, characters have a bonding moment, characters hook up, characters break up, and then characters reconsider and reunite.
  • Title Card: Each act or plot point in the wedding has a sarcastic title card to accompany it.
  • Take That!: The entire film is basically one wonderful middle finger to almost all the common stereotypes associated with a romantic-comedy. It breaks down the overused elements and does an excellent criticism of why they don't work, along with adding a dose of reality to how certain people can become deeply jaded as they reach middleage.
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