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With Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as a pair of brazen wedding crashers, this buddy/romantic comedy milks a few big laughs from its foolproof premise. Under the direction of David Dobkin (who previously worked with Wilson onShanghai Knights), the movie ranges from bawdy romp to mushy romance, and that tonal identity crisis curtails the overall hilarity. But when the well-teamed costars are firing on all pistons with fast-paced dialogue and manic situations, belly laughs are delivered at a steady clip. Things get complicated when the guys infiltrate the family of the Treasury Secretary (Christopher Walken), resulting in a romantic pair-off between Vaughn and the congressman's oversexed daughter Gloria (Isla Fisher) while Wilson sincerely woos another daughter, Claire (Rachel McAdams), who's unhappily engaged to an Ivy League cheater (Bradley Cooper). Walken is more or less wasted in his role, but Jane Seymour and Henry Gibson make amusing appearances, and a surprise guest arrives late in the game for some over-the-top scene-stealing. It's all a bit uneven, but McAdams (considered by some to be "the next Julia Roberts") is a pure delight, and with enough laughs to make it easily recommended,Wedding Crasherswill likely find its place on DVD shelves alongside other flawed but enjoyable R-rated comedies that embrace a naughtier, nastier brand of humor with no need for apologies.--Jeff Shannon

On the DVD
The "Uncorked" edition of Wedding Crashers adds about 8 minutes of footage to the theatrical release. Of chief interest are extended beach and bathroom scenes between Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher, and Vaughn's extended confession to Father O'Neil (Henry Gibson), but there are also new scenes featuring Keir O'Donnell as the eccentric Todd and Ellen Albertini Dow as the potty-mouthed grandmother. This edition is billed as unrated because it wasn't resubmitted to the MPAA, but the sexier bathroom scene and coarser confession aren't particularly raunchier than the original film, and there's no additional nudity. You can watch the Uncorked edition once to see the new footage, but for subsequent viewings you'll probably choose to stick with the theatrical release, which is also included on the DVD.

Bonus features consist of two very good commentary tracks, one by director David Dobkin and another by Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Dobkin's is more technically informative, and he specifically discusses why the added scenes were originally cut. Vaughn and Wilson are a little more subdued than might be expected, but they share some laughs, recall some material that was left out, and wander into irrelevant territory such as football and Wilson's dog. Other features include four deleted scenes with optional commentary by Dobkin, and two featurettes covering the making of the film (including the logistics of staging five different weddings, and interviews with the "magic and balloon consultant") and Vaughn and Wilson's meandering discussion of "the rules" of wedding crashing. For a more organized recap, there's a 24-screen text-only list of all the rules. The opening menu is clever, but slow to load after you've watched it the first time. --David Horiuchi


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CastRachel McAdams, Christopher Walken, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Isla Fisher
DirectorDavid Dobkin
Genre:  Comedy
Screen WriterBob Fisher, Steve Faber
DVD Release Date:  January 3, 2006
Runtime:  119 minutes
Studio:  New Line Home Video
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review by . August 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****    John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are a pair of peculiar male specimens. They work as divorce mediators in Washington, D.C. pretty much year-round; that is, until what they call "wedding season" kicks in. It is then they spool through the local papers so that they may pick and choose which weddings they intend to "crash". And not "crash" in the sense that they cause a ruckus. Every time they assume the position of a distant relative or family friend …
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2010
Great fun for adults- not great for kids
review by . September 26, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Wedding Crashers is another in the line of adolescent comedy that seems so popular nowadays. There are some funny scenes, and Will Farrell has a great cameo. However, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, I was expecting to be laughing out loud a lot more, and I wasn't. By the end of the film, it seems more like a shallow love story than a comedy film. Good for some laughs, but these actors have done better films.
review by . April 24, 2009
I actually caught myself laughing out loud hard to almost tears several times. Two divorce attorneys live their fantasy by crashing weddings to get free food and seduce women. Then at a wedding for a relative of a senator, Owen Wilson meets the woman of his dreams (Rachel McAdams) and Vaughn meets her wild sister who he deflowers. The girls invite them to stay the weekend at their estate. The weekend proves to be too much because the longer they are with someone, the more likely their lies will …
review by . September 08, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are lifelong friends and business partners who work as divorce mediators in Washington, D.C. They are fairly good at what they do and seem to enjoy what they do. The reason for this is that in the springtime they take off and travel around the country seeking weddings to crash. It doesn't matter the ethnicity or culture of the people involved, they have an identity for each one. Besides the free food and drinks, the reason the duo crashes …
review by . September 10, 2006
Pros: Vince Vaughn carried this movie, and Rachel McAdams is a beauty.     Cons: Nothing really...     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I have to admit that I went into Wedding Crashers with every intentions of hating the Vince Vaughn (Jeremy), Owen Wilson (John), romantic comedy vehicle. I came out the other side with new respect for the acting abilities of Vince Vaughn and a new admiration for Rachel McAdams (Clair).   …
review by . February 16, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
The Frat-Pack, are surely the hardest working collective in Hollywood. Hardly a couple of month's goes by without a movie featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, or those Wilson boys Luke and Owen being released. When Starsky and Hutch paired Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller it was good, when Dodge ball put Vince Vaughn with Ben Stiller it was better, but "Wedding Crashers" could well be the finest Frat-Pack pairing to date.    Although Wilson and Vaughn have …
review by . January 10, 2006
"Wedding Crashers" is a very funny film. It's got more laughs and potty humor in it than you can shake a stick at. It's almost perfect, but there's one flaw. It tries too hard to appeal to both men and women at the same time. It takes raunchy fun and tries to couple it with a romantic comedy. The two genres rarely mix well. Considering this, though, the film is worth multiple views.    Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are two buddies out for a little tail. In order to achieve said …
review by . January 06, 2006
I actually caught myself laughing out loud hard to almost tears several times. Two divorce attorneys live their fantasy by crashing weddings to get free food and seduce women. Then at a wedding for a relative of a senator, Owen Wilson meets the woman of his dreams (Rachel McAdams) and Vaughn meets her wild sister who he deflowers. The girls invite them to stay the weekend at their estate. The weekend proves to be too much because the longer they are with someone, the more likely their lies will …
review by . January 05, 2006
Comedies based on ideas and lines that play for laughs at the expense of other people's dignity have been increasingly flooding the cinema market in the past years. They usually tend to be summer blockbusters and because they make a lot of money and attract record crowds there must be need for them. Go figure.    Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as divorce mediating wedding crashers whose chronic hobby is to womanize during women's most vulnerable hours (weddings) is the theme. The …
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