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112 Weddings

(HBO)

Documentary

112 Weddings

112 Weddings is an HBO documentary that may scare single people away from marriage—until their God-given desire to love and be loved prevails.

Filmmaker Doug Block shoots weddings on the side. Over a period of 20 years, he has shot 112 weddings, getting intimate access to ordinary individuals experiencing the most extraordinary day of their lives. In 112 Weddings, Block revisits some of these couples and asks: So how’s your happily ever after?

We first meet Rachel and Paul, married for 13 years, who on their wedding day locked glistening eyes as they stood before the officiate. They say their marriage is great—but it’s hard to understand them because they’re constantly talking over each other.

Jenn and Augie, married eight years, share the typical troubles: losing sleep over a new baby, a layoff, days-long arguments. Augie says sometimes he wants to leave—but just for a week and then come back. As he speaks, Jenn sits a foot away and wipes tears from her cheeks.

Block (who’s been married 28 years) interviews divorced couples, too. One couple split up after 19 years when one day, during a couples therapy session, the wife discovered her successful, slimmed-down husband had been cheating on her. Another divorced screenwriter calls his ex-wife a “horrible wife” who was “abusing her antidepressants.” Then he backtracks: “No. I’m sorry. That was me.”

Some couples, like Janice and Alexander, didn’t actually marry. Instead, they had a “partnership ceremony,” in which they swore “unconditional love” without the legal “possessing.” Janice claims she would love Alexander even if he ran off with another woman. Alexander, however, is not certain his love is as unconditional as hers. And then there’s lesbian couple Anna and Erica, who say what they have is special because “when you make the decision to stay with somebody forever, you really want to work on it.”

112 Weddings can be emotionally draining, and it’s no wonder Disney movies always end with a wedding. Happy weddings are easy. Happily ever after is complicated and messy. 

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  • Ree
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 02:53 pm

    It's not just Disney stories that end with a wedding. It's Shakespeare's comedies. It's Jane Austen. And lots more. And this is good. Because even though we know that in this world, "happily ever after" isn't, God has revealed in Scripture the mystery of marriage. It's patterned after something much greater. The marriage supper of the lamb, when the church will be given to Christ as a spotless bride, is the consummation of all of history. And it will be the beginning of happily ever after. The earthly stories that resonate with us, the ones that, after much tribulation and seeming like things will never work out, finally end in a wedding, stir in us a longing. And God has revealed in Scripture what will be the culmination of that longing. It will be the ultimate wedding for those who belong to Christ.

  • Joe
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 02:53 pm

    "it's hard to understand them because they're constantly talking over each other."  -- LOL, they must be from New Jersey, that has nothing to do with the subject of the article.

  • MIZ MARLE
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 02:53 pm

    38 years of joy, sorrow and hard work and adventure. Thanks be to God.

  • Christian_Prof
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 02:53 pm

    Been married 8 and I love my wife more than ever. We plan on being married another 80 or until God takes one of us home (whatever comes first).That said, marriage is a lot of work. It's hard. And it takes a selflessness that I absolutely could not possess without the cross. I don't know how unbelievers do it.

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 02:53 pm

    Have always thought those movies that end in a wedding were making it look too easy.  It isn't always easy but if you invite God into your marriage and never ask Him to leave it can be among life's most rewarding adventures.  Been married for almost 40 years and it was the second best decision I ever made.