221st Movie Review: Wedding Crashers (2005)

A flawed film saved by its marvelous cast

THE STORY WAS AWFUL!

Sorry, I just had to say that out loud. However, the whole movie didn’t actually seem awful thanks to the wonderful performance of the cast members. And in actuality, this is one of the best examples of a raunchy, male-oriented romantic comedy!

Divorce mediators John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are business partners and lifelong friends who share one truly unique springtime hobby–crashing weddings! Whatever the ethnicity of the wedding party–Jewish, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Hindu–the charismatic and charming duo always have clever back stories for inquisitive guests and inevitably become the hit of every reception, where they strictly adhere to their proven rules of wedding crashing to meet and pick up women aroused by the very thought of marriage. At the tail end of another successful season of toasting brides and grooms, Jeremy learns that the daughter of Treasury Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken) and his wife, Kathleen, is getting married in what is sure to be the Washington D.C. social event of the year. After infiltrating the lavish affair, John and Jeremy quickly set their sights on two bridesmaids, Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Gloria (Isla Fisher) Cleary. With the lavish reception in full swing… -Written by Sujit R. Varma

Okay, before I get to the cast, I give props to the editors of the film. It was clearly edited with care and you can tell from the film’s first scene, when John and Jeremy started to crash different types of weddings.

So now lets move on to the saviors of the movie, the cast. The movie had an excellent ensemble, and includes some of my favorites in Hollywood. I can say that out of all rom-com’s I’ve watched, they’re definitely the most fun, but not the funniest. Owen Wilson OWNED this film, and he certainly fits the picture of an aging bachelor. Vince Vaughn was a little more tolerable here than in his other films, and for the first time, I actually thought he was a perfect match with his character’s partner, Isla Fisher. Fisher was OUTSTANDING! Among the rest of the cast, I think she was the one who gave the best performance. I mean, she was 29 when the movie was made, but she made me think that she’s just someone in her early 20’s and at the same time remain as the bubbliest and most childish hot actress in the world. Rachel McAdams was okay, but she didn’t have any noteworthy performance. Christopher Walken redefined the term politician dad, Bradley Cooper’s showed his potential as the next Hollywood star (which he eventually became), and finally, Will Farell’s cameo was AWESOME!

Now let’s move on to the bad part. I thought it got a tad too long before John got his girl back. And why would he even attempt to get Claire if he knew from the start that he was eventually gonna be busted? True love maybe? As the movie progressed, I couldn’t stop myself from thinking that the movie could’ve been a whole lot more EPIC if they had a better writer to pen the script.

Then again, the cliched plot is made less hackneyed by a fun yet improbable storyline, not to mention the good delivery of the actors. So overall, the story was terrible, but the actors’ performances was enough to make me enjoy it.

GRADE: B-

I agreed with the majority

External Ratings:

Rotten Tomatoes: 75% Fresh, 6.8/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 64/100

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