Eye For Film >> Movies >> Wedding Crashers (2005) Film Review
Reviewed by: John Gallagher
Every once in a while you'll watch a movie that is so funny that every bout of laughter brings you one step closer to actually wetting yourself and up until last night Dodgeball was that movie... but not any more. The Wedding Crashers is this year's Dodgeball.
Life is simple for womanisers John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn). They spend their summers planning and waiting for the wedding season to kick off so that they can get laid. They hit each and every wedding with a new name and a cheesier way to snare the ladies and I have to admit that some of the lines they use couldn't get a horde of middle-aged, sex-starved women into bed, but it seems to work for them, so we'll go along with it.
Thinking that the season is over, they are all but ready to hang up their hats and hibernate until next summer, when Jeremy notices that a very special wedding is about to kick off - the Kentucky Derby of all weddings, as he puts it - so like a pair of old thieves they plan one last heist... sorry, crash.
This time the stakes are higher and the treasure sweeter and comes in the form of loon ball Gloria Cleary (an amazing turn by Isla Fisher) who wants nothing more than to be with Jeremy forever and will do anything to make sure that he stays faithful, and her somewhat mellowed out sister Claire (played by winner of the Jennifer Garner looky-likey contest, Rachel McAdams). The boys must spend the weekend trying to complete their goal, while sticking to the rules they have set in their weird world of crashing.
The movie is funnier than any of the comedies that have been out in the last two years and will have you laughing until you're sore. The Cleary family, run by Treasury Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken), makes the Addams Family look normal. From Mrs Cleary (Jane Seymour), who wants a little more from John this weekend, to Grandma Cleary, who obviously has a case of tourettes syndrome, every one brings their own special style of comedy.
It needs to be serious, too, and this comes in the form of the relationship between John and Claire, which slows things down a little, giving the audience time to relax its aching ribs and return to normal breathing, before a final chuckle as the credits approach. Also, without saying any more, there is a surprise appearance by the godfather of womanising.
Go see this movie if you want to laugh so hard you'll be feeling it the next day.Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2005
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