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Wedding Crashers - Uncorked

A comedy movie directed by David Dobkin.

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  • Aug 17, 2012
*** 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 (their roles are usually purposely bizarre) and every time it works. Their incentive is to pick up women at the weddings and then go to bed with them on the same night. There's a great montage in the beginning of the film illustrating multiple weddings - one Asian, one Jewish, and even an Italian wedding - and what awaits the boys whenever they crash one of them. To them, this is the good life.

One day while looking through the paper, Jeremy discovers that the daughter of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (Christopher Walken) is getting married, and that the wedding will be one of abundant food, women, and perhaps even gifts for those who attend. They pose as "Uncle Ned's kids", a gag which creates an absolutely hysterical scene on its own early into the reception. Afterwards, the pair meets the rest of the family in attendance: daughters Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Gloria (Isla Fisher) and the Secretary's wife (Jane Seymour). John takes a particular liking to Claire and makes a successful attempt to get to know her father, while Jeremy claims Gloria, whom he learns, is a virgin after having deflowered her on the nearby beach. The family takes such a liking to the duo that they are invited to the family's seaside estate.

We learn so much more about the family in this visit, which we assume is brief (only a few days at the most). For instance, the Secretary has a gay son (Keir O'Donnell) who is also a skilled artist, and there's also a potty-mouthed grandma (a gag which isn't quite as funny as it might want to be). Claire, who John is falling head over heels in love with, also happens to have a boyfriend named Sack Lodge (Bradley Cooper); a preppy douchebag as only Bradley Cooper can portray. But of course, Claire is torn between these two men in her life; all the while, John and Jeremy must try to keep their true identities and intentions a secret from the family, which has shown them much hospitality. This is the kind of movie where it starts out raunchy and remains raunchy throughout but eventually dissolves into something of a sweet romance. "Wedding Crashers" is part buddy comedy, part frat comedy, and part romantic comedy/chick flick; but it's got something for everyone.

The script is far from a great one and could have produced a God-awful movie had it not been put in capable hands; but alas, it was. It works mostly on the strengths of its actors. Wilson and Vaughn are so much fun to watch on-screen together and they alone produce the kind of classic comic chemistry that gets the film recognized in the first place. Christopher Walken also possesses clever comic timing as always; his performance is reminiscent of the SNL days of Walken, when he was joyous, hilarious, and over-the-top without admitting so much. McAdams and Wilson also work as a cute although hardly memorable couple. And Will Ferrell has a truly awesome cameo as Chazz Reinhold, the man who inspired the "rules" of wedding crashing that the characters reference throughout the film as if his words are biblical.

In my opinion, this is a hit-or-miss comedy that could just as easily humor you as it could offend you. For me it only did the first one; although I'm not easy to offend these days. Occasionally a joke will fall flat on its face but most of them go down easy and the film is still very quotable and funny. It's a lot of fun watching these actors express such joy in their profession and this seems to be the kind of movie where everyone involved had as good a time making it as those who are watching the film did watching it. It's far from perfect - it's often times unnecessarily crude, it's predictable, and even slightly overlong (but not too much) - and I acknowledge that much, but it's a wild ride from start to finish that slows down just in time for us to empathize with the material. And I would totally watch a sequel.

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Quick Tip by . May 31, 2010
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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

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Director: David Dobkin
Genre: Comedy
Screen Writer: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: New Line Home Video
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