Wedding Crashers 0.0 stars

It starts out as a men-behaving-badly skit about a couple of skirt-chasing cads who drop in on weddings to pick up susceptible girls and promptly drop them. After a frenetic montage of their modus operandi, however, the action settles into a perfectly conventional romantic comedy, hitting all the expected spots at all the expected times, as our two cads -- the equally expected Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who earlier worked with the director, David Dobkin, on Clay Pigeons and Shanghai Knights respectively -- discover their true soul mates, two sisters for added convenience, a phony virgin slash nymphomaniac slash bondage girl (Isla Fisher) and a save-the-planet altruist (Rachel McAdams) who reveals her superior sensibility by giggling uncontrollably at the self-written vows of their older sister and new brother-in-law. The funny business, in what amounts merely to a newer convention, is pushed to such extremes of crassness and grossness that you feel as if the laughs are being extracted not by feather tickler but by thumbscrew. E.g., the ancient matriarch of one of America's leading political families will pepper her dinner-party conversation with epithets like "asshole," "homo" (of her own grandson), and "rug muncher" (of Eleanor Roosevelt), while her granddaughter administers a hand job beneath the tablecloth. Audiences do laugh at this sort of thing. But why? With Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Will Ferrell. 2005.

Duncan Shepherd

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Josh Board Aug. 27, 2008 @ 10:47 a.m.

I thought this movie was okay, but not nearly as good as everyone else seems to think it is. The first problem you have is...the premise really doesn't work. Because, they crash weddings for two things: free food and women. But, they are lawyers. So, why would lawyers care about free food? And, lawyers that are half-way decent looking (Owens nose aside), probably have no problem picking up women. But, if you get passed that...the film has a few other problems.

Since Duncan mentions the vows that the sister wrote, let's take that scene. Or the one after that, when the sister is making fun of the vows to Owen. It's horribly written. Owen supposedly gives her this great advice (which we're supposed to assume he's acquired, from the many weddings he's been to). Yet, his advice is actually a poorly written speech. He tells her it's going to flop, and it does. So she goes to the words Owen gave her, and everyone loves it. Yet his words sound like something cliche and generic, taking off a greeting card. Had he come up with something much more profound, it would've been a better scene.

I still think the movie had enough good laughs to make it worth while. It was just highly overrated.


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