When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin and Scott are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But getting Lumpy’s body back to Minneapolis is just the start of their adventure, as the well-intended sacrifice surprises at every turn. And when the newlyweds’ path leads them to a fifteen year-old girl in a small, northern Minnesota town – all bets are off on who Lumpy really was.
||November 8th, 2013 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures|
||January 21st, 2014 by Magnolia Home Entertainment|
||PG-13 for thematic material, drug content, some sexuality and brief language.|
(Rating bulletin 2269, 4/26/2013)
||Wedding Day, Accidental Death, Video-on-Demand Premiere, Black Out Drunk, Narcotics, Addiction, Dysfunctional Family, Non-Chronological, Religious, LGBT, In-Laws / Future In-Laws, Closeted Homosexual, Unnamed Character, Life in a Small Town, Prescription Drug Abuse, Anxiety and Phobias, Returning Soldiers, Wedding Day Disasters|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Contemporary Fiction|
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