Wedding Crashers: A Review

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Wedding Crashers

“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 wedding receptions, 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.”

What I Liked

Almost nothing. There were a few funny lines with a few chuckles here and there but nothing more. All the laughs came from crappy one liners delivered by Vince Vaughn that really had nothing to do with the story at hand.

What I Didn’t Like

Almost Everything. This film caters to the lowest possible denominator almost the whole way through. What could have been a ridiculously funny no-holds-barred comedy, ended up being a film that tries to keep it safe with humor that should insult the viewer’s intelligence.  The story itself is just cliché and predictable. A couple of horny dudes crash weddings. This plot could have been funny. It could have had merit. Unfortunately the people that produced this garbage decided to color within the lines and have both characters fall in love in the end. It is just so predictable it hurts. They try to make these characters out to be very moral people with development but they forget to actually develop the characters.  Both Vince and Owen’s characters are ridiculously two dimensional and unlikeable. It seems that they have no more of a reason to feel the feelings that they do other than to move the plot forward. This film is full of toilet humor, the degrading of women and homophobic comedy, which is not that big of a deal, as long as you don’t try to make your characters seem like moral and developed people by the end of the film.

Overall the humor of Wedding Crashers plays it safe for cheap laughs and does nothing to surprise you. Everything is expected, which is exactly what comedy shouldn’t be. This film could have been much better if the characters weren’t played off as moral relatable characters by the end of the film. Wedding Crashers played it safe the whole way through and it worked out for them. They made 203 million bucks at the box office. Too bad for them it doesn’t make it a funnier movie.

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