Does Carlos Mencia make it work in "Our Family Wedding"?

With Carlos Mencia and Forest Whitaker starring in "Our Family Wedding" what could go wrong?

Carlos Mencia arrives for the New York premier of "Our Family Wedding."

"Our Family Wedding" — One enters a movie like this bracing for cheesiness.

But as "Our Family Wedding" moves along, the realization dawns that director Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood") has made a mostly charming movie despite its cliche milieu.

America Ferrera and Lance Gross play a newly engaged couple who have returned home to Los Angeles to break the news to their families, one black, the other Latino.

A culture clash follows, with patriarchs Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia predictably feuding. It loses its balance around the time the goat gets loose and eats a bunch of Viagra.

But, thanks partly to the performances, the film is mostly filled with quieter, more realistic moments. With a soundtrack of Daptone soul, kicked off by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. PG-13 for some sexual content and brief strong language.

Running time: 101 minutes. Two stars out of four.

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