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Wedding Crashers back to product details

Crashing (and Burning)
written 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.


(Average 5.53)
116 Votes
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