The Wedding Guest (2018 film)

The Wedding Guest is a 2018 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Michael Winterbottom. It stars Dev Patel, Radhika Apte and Jim Sarbh.

The Wedding Guest
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Winterbottom
Produced by
  • Melissa Parmenter
  • Michael Winterbottom
  • Deepak Nayar
  • Nik Bower
  • Dev Patel
Screenplay byMichael Winterbottom
Music byHarry Escott
CinematographyGiles Nuttgens
Edited byMarc Richardson
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • September 8, 2018 (2018-09-08) (Toronto)
  • March 1, 2019 (2019-03-01) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Box office$386,166[1][2]

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018. It was released in the United States on March 1, 2019, by IFC Films.


Jay, a British Muslim hired gun, is hired to kidnap a woman at her wedding. The man prepares himself for a trip to Pakistan, using several passports and the clothes on his back. Once he arrives in Pakistan, he travels the country switching car rentals every couple hundred of miles and buying equipment he needs. He arrives at a wedding party and he kidnaps the bride, Samira. He puts duct tape over her moud, a hood over her head and throws her in the trunk of the rented car. But things go south when a guard witnesses the kidnapping, tries to intervene and Jay kills him.

Samira was expecting Jay, because it turns out that she was in an arranged marriage and she's in love with another man, her Indian boyfriend Deepesh. That's the reason Jay was hired for: to take her to Deepesh. But killing the guard causes complications and Deepesh quickly changes his mind about saving his girlfriend. Thus, Jay is stuck with Samira on the road to and across India. The woman proves him wrong by demonstrating that she's not a passive victim, but a smart woman who loves adventures and has different point of view. When Samira and Jay get to India, Deepesh tells that killing the guard had its consequences and that he no longer cares about Samira. So, Jay agrees to take her back to Pakistan for more money.

Later, it turns out that her kidnapping wasn't romantic at all, but more of a lucrative scheme involving Deepesh's family trade of diamonds. And that Samira and Deepesh are more scheming than Jay, being that both manipulate the man to get their way. [3][4]



In November 2017, it was announced Dev Patel had joined the cast of the film, with Michael Winterbottom directing from a screenplay he wrote.[6][7]


It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018.[8][9] Shortly after, IFC Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[10] It was released in the United States on March 1, 2019.[11]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 67 reviews, with an average rating of 5.61/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Wedding Guest makes a compelling argument for Dev Patel as an actor worthy of diverse leading roles, even if the movie's less than the sum of its action thriller parts."[12] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13]


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  4. "'The Wedding Guest' Film Review: Dev Patel Thriller Is Heavy on Ambience, Light on Actual Thrills". TheWrap. 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  5. McCarthy, Todd (9 September 2018). "'The Wedding Guest': Film Review; TIFF 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. Ramachandran, Naman (14 November 2017). "Dev Patel to Star in 'The Wedding Guest' From Michael Winterbottom (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. Sommers, Kat (November 2017). "Casting News: Dev Patel Will Play the Lead in 'The Wedding Guest'". BBC America. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. "Beautiful Boy". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  9. Vlessing, Etan (July 24, 2018). "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. Keslassy, Elsa (October 30, 2018). "Michael Winterbottom's 'The Wedding Guest' Bought by IFC Films for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  11. Li, Shirley (February 1, 2019). "Dev Patel kidnaps the bride in The Wedding Guest trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  12. "The Wedding Guest (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  13. "The Wedding Guest Rewievs". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 1, 2019.

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