Thursday, January 22, 2015
Movie Review - The Wedding Ringer
Yes, I went to see this movie. No, one would not think this would have been on my "must see list". However, I found the trailers entertaining from the start. The story line was funny and my only fear was that all the good scenes would be shown in the trailers. They were not. The Wedding Ringer has a lot going for it. First it is funny as Hell. Second, it is just crude enough to give it the credibility it needs without totally offending the rest of the world. And, Third, it is well cast.
Kevin Hart plays Jimmy Callahan owner of the BMC (Best Man's Club). He runs a business being the best man for grooms who really need one. And he has it down to an art. Be a large WASP affair, Jewish gala, or Catholic mass - he can handle it. He makes the groom look like the best man the bride could have ever chosen.
Doug Harris (played by Josh Gad) is a successful attorney with no life and no friends who found that he is marrying the girl of his dreams. Clearly out of his league he seeks help. When Doug comes his way, Jimmy learns that Doug not only needs a "Best Man", he needs 7 groomsmen also, what in the "business" is referred to as the "Golden Tuxedo". And so it goes.
What could be a charade of "It's a Mad Mad World" turns into a funny story with some outrageous scenes with Jimmy trying to create Doug a past life with 7 friends in a week. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting plays Gretchen Palmer, Doug's fiancee who is more caught up in the wedding than Doug. I will not spoil it, but I will say when it is all over you realize that the good guys do win in the end.
For an enjoyable evening when you do not want to have to worry about a lot of thought, this is a good film. We are not talking award winner or cult follower, but an entertaining 101 minutes. And afterall, it is the entertainment we seek in the theater, right?
PS I would not advise this choice for any bride to be who does not know her groom's friends well.