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WEDDING CRASHERS (2005)

Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper, Jane Seymour, Will Ferrell, Ellen Albertini Dow, Keir O'Donnell, Ron Canada, Henry Gibson, Dwight Yoakam, Rebecca DeMornay, James Carville and John McCain.

Screenplay by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher.

Directed by David Dobkin.

Distributed by New Line Cinema.  119 minutes.  Rated R.

Wedding Crashers

It was almost inevitable if the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller/Will Ferrell movie cartel (with junior member Luke Wilson) keep making movies with each other a few of them would have to be funny.  And here's your proof.  Wedding Crashers is indeed a very good comedy, and though only three of the five team members made it along for the ride (Ben and Luke sat this one out...) it is the best film yet made by these guys.  Granted, it is beating out such marginal movies as Old School, Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, The Royal Tanenbaums, Dodge Ball and their ilk, but at least for the first time in years I'm interested in what these guys will do next.

The story is wonderfully simple.  Jeremy (Vaughn) and John (Wilson) are divorce arbitrators.  On weekends they have a simple ritual they crash wedding banquets, eat up lots of food, drink lots of booze and nail a member of the bride's party.

This allows the stars in particular Vaughn who is in primo sleaze-ball spin mode; this guy could sell heaters in Ecuador to luxuriate in the sheer thrill of lying and misbehavior.  Half of the fun of the film is the convoluted series of rules which they have placed upon themselves and how they justify ignoring them.

They reach new heights when they decide to crash one of the biggest weddings of the social season the daughter of a high-powered politician (Walken).  It is their biggest challenge, particularly when they both get involved with one of the politician's other daughters; John falls for the beautiful and sweet daughter (McAdams) and Jeremy hooks up with the possibly unhinged daughter (Fisher in a star-making turn) who is as he calls it "a stage four clinger."

The funny thing is that Wilson and McAdams are the center of the romantic story.  While McAdams is charming as always and Wilson is much better (and less annoying) than he normally is on film, Vaughn and Fisher are infinitely more interesting as the other couple.

Honestly, the film kind of loses steam in the last half-hour when Wilson is obsessively moping about McAdams and it causes a rift between the friends.  But despite the lull in the ending, even by the time that Ferrell shows up for a typically smarmy, annoying cameo, the film has built up so much goodwill that even he can't sap the audience's good feeling.  (7/05)

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright 2005   PopEntertainment.comAll rights reserved. Posted August 5, 2005.

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