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Wedding Crashers

Reviewed By William Goss
Posted 10/25/05 15:06:10

"Wedding Bliss"
4 stars (Worth A Look)

The combination of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, along with a surprisingly solid supporting cast, makes 'Wedding Crashers' one of the funniest films of the year.

Chronic bachelors John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn) invite themselves to weddings and become the life of the party in their pursuit for women. However, at a high-profile ceremony, John falls for Claire (Rachel McAdams), while Jeremy can't escape her clingy sister, Gloria (Isla Fisher).

With a concept this basic, it is up to the main men to carry the film. The pair have a contagious chemistry, a fine balance between Vaughn's high-strung antics and Wilson's laid-back demeanor. However, the supporting actors earn just as many laughs as those top-billed. Christopher Walken plays it straight as Treasury Secretary Cleary, father to Claire and Gloria, while Jane Seymour lets loose as Cleary's vivacious wife. While the Cleary son and grandmother each shine, it is Fisher, as the demented Gloria, who just barely steals the show, especially when she comes in handy during a dinner scene. In fact, an unsurprising third-act cameo is the only performance that fails to measure up, if only due to their screen time (or lack thereof).

The key aspect of the film is its R rating. This is an R-rated comedy in a different sense than The Girl Next Door or Eurotrip, but that of Stripes and August's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, where the intent is to embrace the rating instead of abusing it. New Line originally intended for this film to be PG-13, which would have been disasterous. Thankfully, the studio wised up and, as a result, released a hilarious adult comedy. While there is a bit of pointless nudity, everything else, every sexual gag and foul word, is worth it. Another noteworthy aspect is the film's length. A two-hour running time is unusually long for a comedy, but the film manages not to drag horribly except towards the end, when the more predictable parts of the plot kick in.

At one point in the movie, John is addressing Claire on her speech before the reception, and reminds her that "people like funny." That sounds like a lesson learned. In a summer this dark and serious, a movie like 'Wedding Crashers' is exactly what audiences need: an R-rated laugh riot that knows how to have fun and lots of it.

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