movie kicks off
to the sounds of a Black Eyed Peas song, it’s a natural
feeling to think it is time to run out of the theater and try to get a
refund before the poison affects your mind. Try to remain calm,
because, if you can get through the song, The
Wedding Ringer will have you
Josh Gad stars as Doug Harris – a super nice and awkward guy
who is getting married to the woman of his dreams, Gretchen (Kaley
Cuoco-Sweeting). She has planned the perfect, magical wedding, but Doug
is having trouble lining up a best man and groomsmen because he
doesn’t have any guy friends. That’s where Jimmy
Callahan (Kevin Hart) comes into play.
Jimmy is the fast talking, smooth operator who, for pay, is willing to
be the best man for guys who are getting married and cannot secure the
services of a man who will step up for them. However, Doug’s
situation is a bit more unique. Not only does he need Jimmy to be the
best man, he needs Jimmy to line up seven groomsmen. And, he has 10
days to do so.
Can Jimmy and Doug pull off the scam?
If your children recognize Gad as the voice of Olaf from Frozen, FOR
GOD’S SAKE DO NOT LET THEM SEE THE
WEDDING RINGER!!!!! This movie
is a bit too R-rated for them. Heck, it was almost too R-rated for me!
That might be the only horrific warning I have to issue. Directed and
written by Jeremy Garelick as well as co-written by Jay Lavender, The
Wedding Ringer is a funny movie
that only fails when it tries too hard to justify that R-rating, and
when it attempts to get all sweet and nice because the team feels a
duty to do so, rather than seeing the possibility naturally emerge from
Hart proves he is ready to be the leading man in a role more
reminiscent of Bill Murray than Rob Schneider. Hart isn’t the
goofy, second banana, outrageous, silly clown in The
Wedding Ringer. He is fantastic
as the maestro of the circus, leading with a suave, confident,
Meanwhile, Hart shares a nice chemistry with Gad as the two make us
believe these mismatched dudes forced together by fate and money might
actually become buddies as they survive insane situations and work
together to pull off the impossible con. In faking a friendship, the
two end up doing all of the things guys do as they get to know each
other, and they like it!
Sadly, The Wedding Ringer
fails when it tries to fit into a formula. The forced attempts at
imposing sweetness and emotion are handled as subtly as a freight
train. We are supposed to be witnessing a growing romance that involves
all of two or three brief scenes, which is not enough for us to make
that leap (this isn’t Vegas). The ending comes out of nowhere
without enough believable foreshadowing, and, too often, Garelick and
Lavender are relying on hateful, mean humor to get a laugh.
The material based on the situation and the growing relationship
between Doug and Jimmy is fine enough on its own, so why dumb it down?
Wedding Ringer is rated R for crude and
sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic