Wed­ding Band

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Ten When ac­tors are fa­mil­iar you tend to be a lit­tle more for­giv­ing of the plot and di­a­logue short­com­ings of any­thing new you find them in. To a point. Wed­ding Band is about a bunch of Amer­i­can mates who dis­cover they can make a for­tune, eat well and score lots of sex by play­ing in a band to­gether at wed­dings. Well at least it’s not about rings on the fourth fin­ger of the left hand. Far from it. The fa­mil­iar faces in­clude Brian Austin Green, who played David Sil­ver in the orig­i­nal tele­vi­sion se­ries Bev­erly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 2000. Green was also amaz­ing as Derek Reese in Ter­mi­na­tor: The Sarah Connor Chron­i­cles and not too shabby as Keith Wat­son, who had a re­la­tion­ship with Bree Van de Kamp (Mar­cia Cross) in Des­per­ate House­wives. The Wed­ding Band cast also in­cludes Harold Per­rineau, best known as the elu­sive Michael Daw­son in Lost, as Link in The Ma­trix films, and as nar­ra­tor Au­gus­tus Hill in the Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion prison se­ries Oz. Un­for­tu­nately, Wed­ding Band plays like The Mon­kees for grown-ups. Char­ac­ter devel­op­ment is ab­so­lutely min­i­mal and noth­ing of sig­nif­i­cance seems to hap­pen. It is also a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing to see that Green, whose fa­ther was a coun­try and west­ern singer, has learned ab­so­lutely noth­ing about how to make his left hand look as if it is ac­tu­ally form­ing chord shapes on his gui­tar’s neck. Dis­ap­point­ing, but at this time of the year beg­gars can’t be choosers.

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