Polish Wedding (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Polish Wedding (1998)



Critic Consensus: An awkward mix of drama and comedy lacks any genuine emotion.

Movie Info

Theresa Connelly makes her directorial debut with her own screenplay, a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy-drama, set in working-class Detroit, about a large Polish-American family run by matriarch Jadzia Pzoniak (Lena Olin). Her four boys obey her, but adolescent Hala (Claire Danes) is rebellious and independent. Although happily married to bakery worker Bolek (Gabriel Byrne), Jadzia engages in an almost-open affair with Roman (Rade Serbedzija). Hala sneaks off for late-night trysts with her handsome neighbor Russell Schuster (Adam Trese), resulting in her pregnancy. After her parents learn the news, Russell is forced to marry Hala, and a big Polish wedding is planned. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.


Lena Olin
as Jadzia Pzoniak
Gabriel Byrne
as Bolek Pzoniak
Claire Danes
as Hala Pzoniak
Mili Avital
as Sophie Pzoniak
Adam Trese
as Russell Schuster
Daniel Lapaine
as Ziggy Pzoniak
Jeffrey Nordling
as Father Don
Peter Carey
as Piotrusz
Robert Daniels
as Roman's Business Partner
Randy Godwin
as Nosy Neighbor
Mitchell Mandeberg
as Stanley Mislinski
Sheldon Alkon
as Man in Church
Joanna Woodcock
as Woman in Bakery
Joseph Haynes
as Mr. Schuster
Judy Dery
as Mrs. Schuster
Sparks of Fire
as Band at Festival
Seamus McNally
as Heckler No. 2
Cassidy Cirka
as Hala's Baby
Rebecca Morrin
as Ziggy and Sofie's Baby
Rachel Morrin
as Ziggy and Sofie's Baby
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Critic Reviews for Polish Wedding

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

Mixes drama and comedy into an uneasy blend that muddles the honesty of each perspective and leaves behind a messy taste.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Pregnant With Problems!

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Too many scenes float above reality!

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A nearly laugh-free comedy!

January 1, 2000

Polish Wedding is a confident, light drama.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

And you wondered why they have so many Polish jokes? Here's one.

July 10, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Polish Wedding

Polish Wedding is a largely forgettable movie about a free spirited girl, Hala (Claire Danes), and her earthy, sensual mom, Jadzia (Lena Olin) and sad sack father, Bolek (Gabriel Byrne). Hala runs the streets at night, while her mom is having an affair with a guy at work, and her dad sits at home and mopes. The polish accents sounded forced, and were entirely unnecessary, but must have been meant to emphasize that these people were outsiders. This viewer found them annoying. The story followed a fairly predictable arc and the only thing that kept this viewer engaged was the radiant beauty of Ms Danes. Three stars, just for her.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Cute. Lena Olin and Claire Danes are very good in this.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


Pretty well done. Loved Danes vulnerability throughout film.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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