“I think so [the movie makes] People deeply appreciate how wonderful and annoying family can be,” says Kristen Bell in our special feature for “The People We Hate at the Wedding.” Directed by Emmy winner Claire Scanlon, the comedy American Siblings Alice (Bell, “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window”) and Paul (Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”) are pitifully English heads of state. to attend the wedding of wealthy half-sister, Eloise (Cynthia Addai-Robinson, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”) with their mother, Donna (Allison Janney, “Mom”).
In our look behind the scenes, Bell tells us, “The characters of Alice, Donna, and Paul air all their dirty laundry for this trip.” This is an unfortunate reality for Eloise. As Addai-Robinson explains, Eloise sees her marriage as “an opportunity for her … to picture the family she has always wanted.” Call Drunken Alice to vomit on the street. Suffice to say, this is not the picture of the family that Eloise had in mind.
But there is still hope for the family. “I can’t think of a family that hasn’t been affected by this pandemic, and I can’t think of a more perfect film to say that coming together really is a wonderful way to heal,” Scanlon said. “No one is innocent, everyone makes mistakes, and when you hide your mistakes and pretend they’re not there, that’s when comedy thrives.”
Scanlon won an Emmy for directing The Office. Her other small screen credits include “Never Have I Ever,” “Glow,” and the Bell-starrer “The Good Place.” He made his feature debut with the 2018 rom-com “Set It Up”.
“The People We Hate at the Wedding” begins streaming on Prime Video on November 18. Watch the clip to see Jenny discuss her role in the film.