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Wedding Crashers (2005)

Cast: Owen Wilson, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, more...
Director: David Dobkin, David Dobkin
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Comedies
Running Time: 128 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Two guys find out the hard way that sneaking into the wrong party can cause serious problems in this comedy. Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn) and John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) are a pair of longtime friends who work for a law firm, helping contentious couples mediate their divorces. Their job has given them a cynical attitude about marriage, and as a hobby each weekend the two make a point of crashing weddings reception, where they load up on free food and booze and try their luck at seducing the bridesmaids. When William Cleary (Christopher Walken), the nation's Secretary of the Treasury and a possible candidate for the Presidency, announces his daughter is to wed, the nuptials are billed as the social event of the year, and Jeremy and John decide they must attend the reception. However, John makes the mistake of falling head over heels for Claire (Rachel McAdams), the bride's sister, while Jeremy attracts the attentions of a woman he'd prefer not to be involved with, and soon their romantic peccadilloes get them in very hot water. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Crashing (and Burning) by talltale December 23, 2005 - 5:44 PM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Gosh. Huh? This was the breakout comedy of the last summer? Two hundred ten million and counting? WEDDING CRASHERS isn't awful, but neither is it very good. Once you get past the premise--which is indeed original--the plot takes for-nearly-ever to begin, the characterizations are primary-school level (everybody behaves solely to further the plot machinations rather than adhering to who they pretend to be), and the sappy nods toward "true love" are exactly that.

Sure, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn have a kind of cute, inverse chemistry (repeated ad nauseum) and Rachael McAdams is pert and appealing, as ever. But everything except the premise here is second-hand, and all of it's been done better (prime example: the dirty-talking grandma). I suppose over-the-top is really all that matters for a successful comedy anymore--even a romantic comedy, which "Wedding Crashers" attempts. It definitely achieves this aimed-for "height," while a quieter, cleverer and more believable rom-com like "Must Love Dogs" dies without a whimper. Go figure. Location notes: The seaside estate where a good portion of the filming took place is certainly spectacular.

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