Wedding Crashers (***)

Posted on July 2nd, 2005 in Movie Reviews by EngineerBoy

So, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson may be turning into the new Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. They play off each other with effortless ease and comedic harmony, and the way they treat each other’s absurdities as normal makes them seem both more normal and therefore more absurd at the same time. Vaughn and Wilson play two mediation attorneys whose main hobby is crashing weddings and receptions and taking advantage of the heightened levels of romanticism and drunkeness of the bridesmaids.

They follow an elaborate set of rules that all support the four primary objectives:

  • Bed as many bridesmaids as possible
  • Keep your identity secret
  • No romantic entanglements
  • Make a clean getaway

However, they’re not really young any more and they’re approaching the inevitable end of their youthful hijinks phase, but are in a bit of denial. That is until Wilson’s character falls for the eldest daugher of the Secretary of Commerce, played with menacing fatherliness by Christopher Walken. Vaughn also beds Walken’s nubile and virginal younger daughter, who immediatly gloms onto him as her first and one true love, much to his chagrin.

Hilarity ensues (really). The movie is definitely an “R” rated comedy for adults, and it was refreshing to watch a movie that could be a bit ribald and suggestive without having to bow the the hegemony of the PG-13 ticket buying hordes. Watching this film made me realize just how much spice has been removed from modern Hollywood films in order to make the salable to the multiplex masses. It’s like the viewing public has all been put on a bland diet in order to avoid the flare-up of the bleeding ulcer of “family values”. Not that family fare doesn’t have its place, but sometimes it’s nice to indulge in something a little spicier.

And Wedding Crashers is definitely that. There’s a bit of brief nudity, which I realized I had come to expect only from art films and films with Harvey Keitel. Also, Vaughn and Wilson are quite mercenary in their pursuits and so seem quite unredeeming, at least initially. The plot takes some turns that are unexpected for a com/rom, but things turn out about as you would expect. However, on the way to the expected ending are a lot of laugh-out-loud funny moments, courtesy of Wilson and especially Vaughn.
If you’re looking for a summer movie to make you laugh, tweak your sensibilities, and not demand much mental energy, this could be a must-see film for you.

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