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Wedding Crashers (2005)


Why can’t these guys do more comedies like this?

John (Owen Wilson) and his buddy Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are emotional criminals who know how to use a woman’s hopes and dreams for their own carnal gain. And their modus operandi? Crashing weddings. Normally, they meet guests who want to toast the romantic day with a random hook-up. But when John meets Claire (Rachel McAdams), he discovers what true love — and heartache — feels like.

Here’s a film that has been in my mind ever since it first came out. I remember when I was in fifth grade and I always used to watch this with my buddies, and we would laugh our asses off like a bunch of hyenas, even though half of the shit these people said in this film, were stuff we had no idea about. The only thing that mattered is that it was dirty stuff and that was cool.

What works with Wedding Crashers is just how damn funny it is. The humor here is raunchy but the whole time it had me laughing my ass off by just how witty these one-liners were. When I was watching the film, I couldn’t help but quote lines like “Baba ganoush!”, or “lock it up!”, and even the “people helping people” speech that we get. I love when I can quote films and still laugh at the quotes even though I have seen this film about 15 times. Yes, I have been counting.

The film is essentially broken up into three parts – the hour where we are at the Summer House and the two half-hours where we are not. Everything in this one hour at the Summer House works incredibly well and had me laughing non-stop because that feeling of just being around this one family, where everyone’s a little kooky in their own way and nothing seems to be going right for one person, but does for the other, is always funny in my book.

The only problem with this film is that by the last act, the film starts to get terribly and I do repeat terribly over-dramatic. Throughout the film, there were these little montages of Wilson and McAdams falling in loooooove, which I thought was incredibly stupid and annoying but when the last act showed up and then you have the dumb-ass speech where you’re all lovey-dovey and saying sorry all-over-the-place, that’s where this film lost me and had me totally annoyed. I usually hate it when films do this and this was even worse considering how funny that one hour was, and everything else is basically chuckle-worthy.

I have to say though that the real show to watch in this film is definitely Vince Vaughn as Jeremy. I wouldn’t say that this is on par with his debut in Swingers but I will say that his performance here is just hilarious because he does that “speak 100 miles a minute” thing that he’s so good at and probably has some of the most funny if not memorable scenes of the whole film. The film would have still been pretty funny without him, but having Vince there just makes everything so much better and funnier.

Owen Wilson is pretty good too as John, but then again he’s just playing Owen Wilson so there’s no real stretch there for him, acting wise; Bradley Cooper is totally dickish as Sack, a name that just screams dick head; Isla Fisher is insane but hilarious as Gloria; Rachel McAdams is sort of in a whole entirely different film as Claire; and Jane Seymour is a hot and sexy mama as Kathleen, Claire and Gloria’s cougar mommy. I don’t really have much to say about her performance other than the fact that she is just hot!

Oh, and Christoper Walken is here too as the daddy. However, I don’t need to mention how awesome he is.

Consensus: With some very funny moments, tip-top comedic performances from the cast, and a big list of quotable lines, Wedding Crashers is a sure comedy classic but with the last half-hour, when things start to get a little too over-long and serious, that’s when my happiness started to run away.

8.5/10=Matinee!!!

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18 responses to “Wedding Crashers (2005)

  1. Pete November 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    mom! the meatloaf!

  2. Duke November 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    It gets a bit too cliched in the back half, but overall it’s very, very funny.

  3. Pete November 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Love it! Totally agree, it just gets too typical rom-com-ish by the end but don’t they always! Vaughan is on fire, never has his motor-mouth been put to such good use as the summer house scenes where he’s desperate to get away from crazy Isla! Though why he’d want to get away from her is beyond me… I don’t care how clingy she is!

  4. filmdrivel November 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!”

    Love Will Ferrell’s cameo in this… “Damn you Roger!”

  5. Castor November 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Hilarious film, yea the last 20 minutes or so the movie seems to run completely out of steam despite of Will Ferrell’s cameo. Still love it!

  6. Nostra November 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    It’s been a while since I last saw it, but do remember that it was a lot of fun. Nice review!

  7. Ryan Fernand (@ryan_fernand) November 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I love this movie but I do agree with you that it the first half is far better than the second. Also, the wedding montage is such a great scene.

  8. Scott Lawlor November 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

    aw man, I need to watch this again. It has been way too long. Isla Fisher is hilarious!!

    Great job matey

  9. James Brown (Sobriety Test Movie Reviews) November 22, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Phenomenal comedies like Wedding Crashers don’t come every day. I’ll certainly admit that. To see some more phenomenal comedies, check out the Comedy Movie Bucket List at Sobriety Test Movie Reviews http://www.sobrietytestmoviereviews.com/comedy-bucket.php

  10. Words4Souls November 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Loved this. A classic chick flick that definitely ranks among the top, next to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc. 8.5 is a bit higher than I would rate it, but still, generosity is certainly an admirable trait!

    Good review!

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