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While I will never include this movie in my top ten list of favorite films, The Wedding Crashers is certainly an extremely entertaining and hilarious film, with just a bit of romance thrown in. I believe that this was mainly due to the highly original plot line (I certainly never saw a film with this story before), coupled with some marvellous acting. The cast was definitely fantastic and to top it all, all four actors have very powerful screen presences and lots of chemistry between them. I however have to admit, that this was a film which grew on me. The first time that I watched it, I was expecting a full-blown romantic comedy, but this was more comic than romantic and I was therefore quite disappointed with it. But after a couple more watches, I really started appreciating how endearing and charming this film was.
John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey are divorce mediators. In their part-time, however, they are professional wedding crashers. They even have their set of rules which tell them what-and what not- to do in their quest for free food ad beautiful women. One day, the wedding of a very important family, where John suddenly becomes fixated with the bride's sister. They manage to gain an invitation to a weekend party at the family's home and both of them get interested in the daughters. But how long will their façade hold?
The reason why I will give this film only four dooyoo stars instead of five is that while the plot was really original, I felt like it could have been just a tad better. The film seemed to drag on at some unnecessary places and cut the relevant details way too short, according to me. But in general it flew well and by the end of the movie, most of the loose ends had been tied up. Romance takes a second stand- most of it was about the friendship between Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. I have to say that there was some pretty strong on-screen chemistry between these two friends and plot-wise, this really helped in creating another dimension for the essence of the film as a whole. I would say that most of the movie is in fact conducted by their friendship, and I personally loved that fact since I think that the numbers of films that depict friendship between men are too limited! The fact that both actors delivered outstanding performances didn't hurt either. Chemistry was also very much alive between Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher, as well as Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. I was personally very impressed by Isla Fisher's performance. Having previously seen her in Confessions of a Shopaholic, I have to say that this film made me admire her acting capabilities even more.
Main Cast includes:
Owen Wilson as John
Vince Vaughn as Jeremy
Christopher Walken as William Cleary
Rachel McAdams as Claire Cleary
Isla Fisher as Gloria Cleary
Jane Seymour as Kathleen Cleary
Ellen Albertini Dow as Grandma
Keir O'Donnell as Todd
DVD Extra includes:
I have to say that the commentary tracks were far from being impressive to me. They seemed too constructed and polished to be natural. However, I do highly recommend the bloopers- am sure they'll get you laughing just as hard as I did!
Overall, not at all a bad film. If you want something full of laugh, friendship and romance, this certainly is one for you. No overly deep emotions included and they kept it light and enjoyable till the end.
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Movie Length: 128 minutes
Director: David Dobkin
Country: United States
Owen Wilson as John Beckwith
Vince Vaught as Jeremy Grey
Christopher Walken as William Cleary
Rachel McAdams as Claire Cleary
Isla Fisher as Gloria Cleary
The story centres on John and Jeremy who work both as divorce mediators, but they are also best friends besides their work. They have a hobby and it's best way find women: weddings! John and Jeremy are in fact experience uninvited guests at weddings and it doesn't matter what kind of wedding it is, as long as there are beautiful women. In the beginning of the movie you really have some funny scenes with them at different weddings and how they fit in with the rest of the guests. But the movie also got a romantic side and half way trough the movie the mood changes.
When they crash the wedding of the daughter of William Cleary, an important man, they go on the hunt for two bridesmaids, including a daughters of William. John goes for Claire and Jeremy for Gloria. But John breaks all the rules of crashing a wedding: he falls in love with Claire and will do everything possible to be with her, while Jeremy at one point is tired of Gloria and wants to go home. But unfortunately for Jeremy they get invited to stay the whole weekend and he only agrees to help Jeremy. But nothing goes as planned and it even has a dramatic ending!
There are some famous actors in this film as Owen Wilson, Vince Vaught and Rachel McAdams. Owen and Vince are starring in this film and play best friends. Fortunately, there is a good connection between them and the friendship doesn't feel forced. You can really imagine that these are good friends outside the movie. Owen puts a great performance, but must say that I wasn't really impressed. He makes the role fun and his timing is good, but was just nothing special. Vince Vaught, I had the same problem, especially if you look at his previous films. It is often the same. But I must say that it is not disturbing and it's nice to see both together. I thought Rachel McAdams was very good in this film and believable in her role. She plays it well with Owen Wilson. Isla Fisher plays the other daughter and connects with the character of Vince. It is very funny and is credible as the disturbed daughter.
There are several extras on the DVD including commentary from Owen and Vince and commentary with David Dobkin. Now I would expected that the commentary of Owen and Vince would have been funny, but it was actually little bit disappointing. They talk about the filming and where they got their inspiration from, but they even talk about things like sport. Nothing really special. The commentary of the director is a lot better with much more information about the story and what he wanted to achieve by telling the story. Additional extras are dull, like an extra on the film set and production for various weddings.
Wedding Crashers is a fun movie to watch while you certainly occasionally will laugh out loud. The story is fun and well written. The movie takes over 2 hours and think it was a little bit to long. I really stretch the story out until it gets a little bit boring. The performances are really nice and really good part of Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher, where Owen and Vince where ok to watch at. I liked the amount of extras and are nice to watch after the movie. This movie is definitely worth watching.
I am a big fan of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn so that the fact they star in this comedy 'The Wedding Crashers' together as comedy double act really enticed me into this movie and I have watched it a few times on DVD since it's release in 2005 and have loved it every time I've seen it.
They play John and Jeremy in this movie who are Washington divorce lawyers and best friends. They are an unbeatable team. They get their kicks out of crashing weddings at every opportunity. Why weddings? Well they know that at weddings you are always likely to meet single attractive women who are interested in you as weddings always bring out romance in people. So they turn up even though they are not invited and no-one knows them and there are not strings attached as nobody knows who they are. When the wedding is over they can go back to their normal lives.
Obviously with this sort of activity there has to be rules that they stick to. They come up with elaborate stories to explain how they are connected to the happy couple in question. And all this just to pick up women for casual sex to get their fun.
However, things change at one of the weddings they attend when John becomes interested in one of the daughters of the father of the bride, which is one of the rules that they shouldn't break. This has added complications as you can imagine and the fun and games begin when they are both invited on a weekend away with the family.
For me the movie was very funny and has some hilarious scenes, especially when they go away for the weekend which is really the main focal point of the film. Both Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn worked so well together as a believable and funny double act, both adding something to the relationship.
Overall, highly recommended to watch as is very funny...
During the week they are divorce mediators but at weekends John and Jeremy let their hair down by crashing weddings. They live by a set of rules that help them blend in at any Wedding. That is until they crash the wedding of one of the US Secretary of the Treasury's daughters weddings. John breaks one of the key rules and falls for one of his other daughters and spends the wedding trying to charm her into seeing him again. This leads to Jeremy being left with his third, clingy daughter who won't let him go. Can John charm his way into her life or is Jeremy putting himself in harms way for nothing.
When I first heard the concept for Wedding Crashers I wasn't particularly sure if it was something I would enjoy. It's a rather unique take on the romantic comedies that Hollywood spills out and I think that is what really cements it as a chick flick for the guys. In fact rather than being pigeon holed I would say it fits nicely into a genre for movies that couples can enjoy together. For the guys there is the repeated string of good looking girls that John and Jeremy try their hardest to get into bed and for the girls there is a rather romantic idea of a love story.
This is the second time that director David Dobkin has teamed up with Owen Wilson following their success with Shanghai Knights. It is also the second time I've seen a film by Dobkin and I have to say that he has a knack of making funny movies. He uses some pretty basic filming techniques but they work particularly well and especially in the opening scenes the Wedding's montage works really well. What he does he does really well and his use of the two lead actors is particularly well done as he seems to get the best out of not only Wilson but also Vince Vaughn.
It's a bit of an original idea for a movie and mixes the comedy and romance genres particularly well throughout. The script is well written and the 2 hour runtime seems to fly by. It doesn't feel like it's overly drawn out and writers Steve Faber and Bob Fisher manage to keep it funny throughout. With the direction of Dobkin adding additional comical moments at times when you perhaps wouldn't expect them it works out to be a good combination.
The choice of cast works very well from the two stars to a support cast that includes Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher as well as a cameo from Will Ferrell. In Wilson they have perhaps one of the best comedy actors in my opinion at the moment. He puts in a very good performance and is convincing both as the wedding crasher who cares nothing about the girls he meets and also as the love sick puppy chasing after the Secretary of the Treasury's daughter. Opposite him I think this has to be one of Vince Vaughn's best performances. He seems to really suit the character of Jeremy, not really caring about anyone and even seeing his best friend as a means and aid to the one end he wants.
With a supporting cast packed full of stars it seemed that this movie was destined to be a hit. There is the usually confident yet oddly funny performance from Christopher Walken as the Secretary of Treasury. He has some comical lines that work very well and I think he really suits the role. If there was one person who would challenge Wilson as the real star of the movie it would be Rachel McAdams. Her performance is really good and there is definitely a spark between her and Wilson that really keeps the plot and story moving and more importantly a little bit more believable.
Overall I think that the Wedding Crashers is perhaps a better film than it really should have been. It is a decent couple's movie and offers something for both halves of every couple. There are numerous funny moments throughout the movie and what shouldn't have worked seems to blend together quite easily. It's a film that combines funny moments with moments of romance and love and it surprised me just how good it actually was. One I'd recommend for those cold and wet Winter nights in.
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Wedding Crashers is a very funny and novel comedy from a couple of the group known as the Frat Pack, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan. It's like watching two teenagers in adults' bodies without them actually being capable of an ounce of seriousness for more than a few seconds at a time.
The title says it all: the pair of them regularly scope out what weddinga are on, and they crash them. They have their own set of rules to not get caught out, and then they create backstories for the characters they pretend to be at each wedding. This works fine until one final wedding, where they both end up falling in love.
Cue Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher, the objects of our leads' affections. Thus ensues a typical romcom style of plot, but with Vaughan and Wilson's immature comedy that has perfect timing. Their delivery works brilliantly, and mainly because of their completely serious facial expressions which they maintain throughout. It's the ability to look and sound completely sincere, and yet you know that the whole way through it's all for show, that they are a pair of shallow wedding crashers and that's all there is to it.
The acting is good all round, with Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken also showing they can mix it with the deadpan comedy. The direction seems to almost leave the cast to do their own thing, which is probably the best move, it being something relying completely on the comedy being laid out in a fast talking way. You almost get the feeling that Vaughan and Wilson were allowed to ad lib their way through most of it.
It's rare that films make me laugh out loud quite a lot. This one did, and I thought it was great the first time I watched it. It's on again at the moment, and I'm finding myself laughing once more! The subtleties and the situational comedy really make it, and the whole thing is well constructed. On a particular note, Isla Fisher plays a fruit loop really well!
The film is available from amazon.co.uk for under £2 at the moment. It's a great film, well worth a watch, and one I'd be happy to watch again. Recommended.
note: also appears in part on The Student Room and Flixster
Wedding Crashers is one of the wittier and more clever comedies to come around in this decade. It matches a zany premise with two comic actors at the top of their games, with a wealth of brilliant supporting cast members to make this a gut-bustingly good night in front of the TV.
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are business partners - they're divorce counsellors who ironically crash weddings in order to pick up women, such as bridesmaids and such. They create elaborate and needlessly complex stories to ensure that they are never caught, and live by strict code that ensures they never fail. The chief rule is not to get attached to anyone, and sadly, their latest wedding will test this rule to its very end.
This is an insanely daring comedy that really isn't afraid to throw caution to the wind and just roll with it. One memorable moment occurs when they speak to an old buddy (Will Ferrell), who is a funeral crasher, picking on the emotionally weak women in order to get laid. It's sick, but you'll probably laugh. I certainly did. Regardless of this, it's just exceptionally charming - these men are slightly creepy but their parlance with each other keeps things from ever getting too debauched. They have superb chemistry together, and I sincerely hope that they work together again soon.
The end may always be in sight with the film, and it could have been that tad edgier in that regard, but for a delightfully weird comedy that's way left of the bell curve but charming nonetheless, this is one to watch. Unless you get easily offended, obviously.
An amusing comedy, and something a little different. Not amazing, but very funny.
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are two thirty something business partners and best friends. When wedding season comes around there's nothing they enjoy more than crashing weddings. They get a whole summer of free drink, free alcohol and scoring with the bridesmaids. It doesn't matter what sort of wedding either - if it's happening then John and Jeremy are there. The last wedding of the season they decide to crash is one of the biggest. William Cleary's daughter (Christopher Walken) is getting married and since he's the Treasury Secretary its quite a deal. Putting on their usual façade the boys blend in with the guests until John sees bridesmaid Claire (Rachel McAdams) and it's love at first sight.
Never one to outstay their welcome at weddings so as not to give away their identities, Jeremy is keen to go, but John makes them stay and they end up going to the family's house and spending the weekend. Another bridesmaid Gloria (Isla Fisher) who seems slightly crazy, becomes infatuated with Jeremy and soon he has another reason to want to get the hell out of there. Both the boys get themselves into some very hairy situations during the course of the film - much to the audience's amusement of course.
So it's one for the boys (the frat pack comedy) and one for the girls (the romantic element) so all in all something for everyone. Vince Vaughn does his usual talking at the speed of light thing here, which is always funny to watch. You have to wonder how he gets the words out that fast without stumbling or laughing at himself. Owen Wilson's John is more of a smooth talking calm and collected character which gives a good balance. Both have played similar characters before in a lot of their movies but that doesn't make it any the less enjoyable.
The supporting cast are also all valuable assets here. John and Claire have good chemistry together and even Jeremy and Gloria have chemistry - something Jeremy wasn't even expecting! Rachel McAdams gives sweet sincerity to the role despite being quite vulnerable. Isla Fisher steals every scene she's in with her over the top, bridesmaid from hell character - this was her first major movie role and it really got her noticed in Hollywood. And Christopher Walken, well, does what he does with every other role he's ever had - nails it. The perfect father of the bride - likeable yet intimidating. Will Ferrell pops up in a minor role - what would a frat pack movie be without him - but I have to say compared to Vaughn and Wilson he really is just a run of the mill comic actor - he's not that great. Watch out for Jane Seymour's semi nude scene with Owen Wilson as well!
This is a laugh out loud buddy comedy with a bit of romance and a lot of laughs thrown in. A lot of laughs! Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are at their best and are a joy to watch on screen together. They bounce off one another's energy and jokes and between them the film just flows really well. See it!
Written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher, and directed by David Dobkin, Wedding Crashers is a movie about two singletons that use the 'love' associated with weddings to pull their next conquest. This is a review of the film only.
Divorce mediators, business partners and life long friends John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughan) have developed a novel way to get notches on their bedposts. The pair have discovered that weddings are the easiest place to bag the next conquest, therefore their spare time involves gate crashing weddings and pulling one lucky (or unlucky lady) for one night only.
The pair live by one golden rule but this is broken when the pair end up gate crashing the wedding of Kathleen Cleary (Jayne Seymour), daughter of William Cleary (Christopher Walker), Treasury Secretary. Despite being attached the chief bridesmaid, Claire Cleary (Rachel McAdams), becomes the focus of John's attention and his mind is made up that she is going to be the one. Meanwhile Jeremy is stuck with Claire's younger sister, Gloria (Isla Fisher) who turns out to be a bit of a handful.
John and Jeremy manages to win over the Clearly family and gets invited for a family weekend retreat. Jeremy's reluctance is the result of abiding by the golden rule where as John strays and follows his heart, as well as the dysfunctional Cleary family to their palatial waterside retreat where both he and Jeremy, who decided to fully support his friend, endure many comical mishaps and mini adventures.
Will John manage to woo Claire or will her brother get in their first? How will Jeremy deal with the redhead cling on he was lumbered with?
The cast list is huge and there are loads of 'background' actors used in this movie. However, as well as the key actors (as described above) there are loads of other actors that have a significant role including;
i) Keir O'Donnell - Todd Cleary
ii) Bradley Cooper - Zachary Lodge
iii) Dwight Yoakham - Mr Kroeger
iv) Rebecca De Morney - Mrs Kroeger
v) David Conrad - Trap
vi) Ron Canada - Randolph
The other characters have a much lesser role but all of them do a great job in supporting the main cast, who obviously steal the limelight. None of the supporting actors gave amazing performances and, other than Keir O'Donnell, none of them gave memorable performances. Despite this nothing can be taken away from them.
I only remember Keir O'Donnell because he landed the role of Claire and Gloria's brother who had a really good side story that resulted in some very funny (and hence memorable) scenes. I think O'Donnell was very lucky. He wasn't amazing in the role and I can think of many other actors that could have done just as good a job, if not better, than O'Donnell did.
The Wedding Crashers is yet another feel good film where things start out bad (although I don't think that John and Jeremy's lifestyles are that bad) and then get better, take a turn for the worse and then improve once more at the conclusion. Whilst the story is unbelievable and unrealistic (but this is Hollywood after all) as well as predictable this does not make it un-enjoyable. This movie is watch-able and whilst it will never win an Oscar (it's too late now in any case) or, in my opinion, ever be considered a classic it is entertaining and worth watching providing you are in the right mind set and in the ideal circumstances.
This movie has just the right mix of schoolboy jokes/banter and meaningful love scenes. During the banter scenes this movie rolls along at a nice pace, but it slows right down again during the love scenes.
I think that Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson are two great actors and both have appeared in some very funny, as well as some very age, movies. In particular I am a Vaughan fan since his performance in Old School was just fantastic, although a lot of this was helped out by the onscreen relationship he shared with Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson, both of whom don't actually appear in Wedding Crashers.
Vaughan and Wilson's performances aren't outstanding and anything to shout about but their on-screen relationship is endearing, believable, cosy and shows what a true friendship should be like based on trust and loyalty. It is fantastic and gives you that warm feeling like movies of this genre should.
Rachel McAdams and the rest of the female cast do a good job, although not outstanding, in supporting Vaughan and Wilson, who are obviously the stars of the movie. That said my favourite character has to be Gloria "the Bunny Boiler" played by Isla Fisher.
In my opinion Isla steals the lime light. Not only is she stunningly beautiful (I have thought this from the first time I saw her in Home and Away all those years ago (just to re-iterate she is actually older than me so there's nothing perverse about this statement)) but she is really comical (I wonder if she has she been taking lessons from her partner - Sacha Cohen Baron?) and her performance is just fantastic.
Whilst I have never been the subject of a bunny boiler's attention nor do I know anyone that has, if I were asked to picture how one would act then I would describe Isla's performance in this movie. It is very entertaining, very comical and she can be credited with the funniest scene and the best one liner in the whole movie with the "I'll find you" [followed by a disturbed and demonic laugh]" scene.
Compared to other films, such as The Last Samurai or the Lord Of The Rings. the cinematography in this movie can be described as poor. Compared to other films, such as Spiderman or Gone in Sixty Seconds, the action scenes in this movie can be described as very poor. Compared to other films, such as House of the Flying Daggers or Braveheart, the audio in this movie can be described as very poor. However, all of these things are to be expected for a film in what I would call as the 'feel good' genre.
This movie may not have the most believable or best storyline, the best acting, the best cinematography, the best audio or be the most action packed but it does have one of the best on screen relationships I have ever scene. It is not the best, I think this has to go to Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour, but it does come close.
It is the endearing relationship between Vaughan and Wilson, the electric relationship between Vaughan and Isla Fisher and the forbidden relationship between Wilson and Rachel McAdams that makes this movie so good and one that I would recommend.
I wouldn't recommend it for a boozy lads night in nor would I recommend it if you are in the mood for something deep and serious, however if you want a film that you can chuck on, and relax on the sofa with your other half with then this would be an ideal choice.
Run time - 119 minutes
Certificate - 15
9 Award wins and a further 8 nominations
This is a comedy starring the superb comedy talents of Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson, the basic premise is that these are two guys who work as Divorce lawyers during the day but whose hobby is attending weddings and pretending that they are guests, they then use this as a way to hit on women.
The first 10 minutes are very funny as we see the research these guys put into preparing themselves for these events, they are sharp, have really in depth back up stories and only get caught out by women occasionally. They attend weddings of every kind and fit into each culture perfectly seducing their prey in the process.
Vince Vaughan is excellent as the mouthy Jeremy Gray, Wilson is more sensitive but also very good as John Beckwith, Jeremy seduces Gloria Cleary (Isla Fisher), the daughter of Presidential Secretary, William Cleary (Christopher Walken) at a family wedding the guys have crashed, at the same wedding John falls for Gloria's sister, Claire(Rachel McAdam).
Initially Jeremy is put off once he's slept with Gloria but soon finds out she is as much of a player as he is and falls for her, John plays the long game and is really in love with Claire and tries everything he can to show her, her boyfriend is a fool and he is the right person for her.
The film is actually really funny, Vaughan is great as a wisecracking smart guy, full of clever remarks, Wilson is more sensitive and knowing. Isla Fisher is excellent as the overwhelming Gloria, crazy and yet loving, and Rachel MacAdam is sweet as Claire, the romance between her and Wilson is well played and the timing is good. Chris Walken as always is a mix of intimidation and comic timing. The cast is really good with Bradley Cooper excellent as the obnoxious boyfriend of Claire. Will Ferrell also plays a playboy who lives with his mum and is an innovator amongst the crashing community visiting funerals to meet women.
The film makes great play of the fact that there is a time for seduction and fun but overall we need somebody to love, somebody to love us and that there is an emptiness to the lives of these guys, this is perfectly summed up when Wilson's character visits the master Crasher, Chas (Ferrell) who lives with his mum, but talks about 'living the dream'.
I enjoyed the film, it is funny, the first ten minutes make you want to crash weddings, they look such fun, but the cast make this a well played and fun experience, you know how it will end but getting there is good fun, its not hard work and not a film that is memorable but it's a fun way to while away a few hours. It is part of that early nineties stable of films starring these guys that are amusing and not taxing in any way, the films play well on their characters likeability but have enough story and script to make them enjoyable films in their own right.
The dvd is available on Amazon for £5.98 and it has a good selection of deleted scenes, bloopers and a directors commentary with input from the stars.
Wedding Crashers sees two of Hollywoods funny men join together to provide the hilarity in the form of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
The film sees John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) who are business partners and most importantly longtime friends who have a strange yet fantastic hobby...they crash weddings. The paid attend a large variety of weddings and we see them partying it up and loving the music, food, entertaining the kids and most importantly meeting the single women at an event bound to make them feel vulnerable and lonely but when they attend the biggest wedding out there.
John has failed to get things together with Claire (Rachel McAdams) who he has fallen in love with and Jeremy has achieved his goal with Gloria (Isla Fisher) but it may not have been his best move as he finds out that it was her first time and she quickly becomes a bit too attached to him.
This film was one that I absolutely loved seeing the first time and thankfully the laughs are still just as good the second and third times of viewing. The film has a great storyline, excellent script and with the fantastic cast manages to deliver a film that has plenty of laugh out loud moments. For those who love the hilarious and yet feel good film this is one for all of you.
Wedding Crashers is a comedy starring Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson as two buddies whose hobby is turning up at other peoples weddings and enjoying the parties, even though they know nobody and haven't been invited.
The guys play John Beckwith (Wilson) and Jeremy Gray, two lawyers and life long friends who get a real kick out of enjoying other peoples weddings, from traditional weddings to special weddings such as Irish, Jewish, Chinese or Indian. The guys are footloose and fancy free and use the wedding parties as a great way to pick up women as women love weddings and then they never have to see them again. The guys are pick up artists who like to have fun without commitment, until one day John falls for Claire at a wedding for the Defence Secretaries daughter (Chris Walken), John wants to see more of Claire and convinces Jeremy to score with Claires clingy sister Gloria so that they have lots more time for him to charm and romance Claire away from her awful boyfriend.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan do what they do best, Vaughan is a wise cracking party starter and Wilson is a charming fun lover, it is lots of fun watching these two having fun at the parties, the film is a light comedy and everyone seems in on it, Isla Fisher is very funnty as the demented Gloria, and Christopher Walken is scarily funny as the Defence Secretary, the ensemble cast have fun with this script, its not Othello but its a good laugh nonetheless.
Owen Wilson ... John Beckwith
Vince Vaughn ... Jeremy Grey
Christopher Walken ... Secretary William Cleary
Rachel McAdams ... Claire Cleary
Isla Fisher ... Gloria Cleary
Jane Seymour ... Kathleen Cleary
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Grandma Mary Cleary
Keir O'Donnell ... Todd Cleary
Bradley Cooper ... Zachary 'Sack' Lodge
Ron Canada ... Randolph
Henry Gibson ... Father O'Neil
Dwight Yoakam ... Mr. Kroeger
Rebecca De Mornay ... Mrs. Kroeger
David Conrad ... Trap
Jennifer Alden ... Christina Cleary (as Jenny Alden)
I found the film to be good fun, as with a lot of Wilson/Vaughan comedies its easy to watch without being particularly memorable, the main actors have a real charm, there isn't much more to the film than this, its fairly clear from the start how the film will end, there are the odd humorous cameos but it does feel like one of the films with Dodgeball and Old School that were churned out very quickly to exploit the personality of the lead actors as much as for any great script. The wedding scenes are funny and have an air of fun about them but much of the rest feels like a mix of other films mashed together.
There are the following extras on the DVD I bought, I got it for £3.99 from HMV:
Optional Commentary with Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson
Optional Director Commentary
The rules of Wedding Crashing
Theatrical Version of Film
Wedding Crashers is a 2005 comedy that was a huge success worldwide. Critics loved Wedding Crashers as did the general public, the film grossed an estimated $285,176,741 on a budget of $40,000,000. The film is rated 15 and runs for approximately 128 minutes.
David Dobkin directs, his previous work includes: Shanghai Knights, Clay Pigeons and Fred Claus. Robert L. Levy produces, his previous work includes: Van Wilder and The Wedding Planner.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star alongside Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls), Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) and Isla Fisher (Confessions Of A Shopaholic). Owen Wilson has starred in: Marley & Me, You, Me & Dupree and Behind Enemy Lines. Vince Vaughn has appeared in: The Break Up, Mr & Mrs Smith and Four Christmases.
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are two high flying lawyers with a secret passion... crashing weddings. They go to weddings with a story all made up about who they are in connection to the bride and groom, they then act completely charming in order to bed lots of women and guess what; it works!
One wedding they go to however doesn't quite go to plan, Jeremy sleeps with Gloria Cleary (Isla Fisher) who then becomes obsessed with him. Meanwhile John has taken a shine to Gloria's sister Claire (Rachel McAdams) the only problem being, she is engaged. Her Father just happens to be Secretary of the Treasury therefore a very powerful man. When the two men are invited back to his house to spend the weekend everything is going well for John and Claire however when he's exposed to be not who he says he is Claire is devastated and never wants to see him again... John on the other hand has fallen head over heels for Claire and will do anything to get her back...
Wedding Crashers was a film I wasn't too sure about when I first saw it a couple of years ago, I had misconceptions about it being just another stupid gross-out comedy where the characters are complete idiots and the jokes are far from funny. Luckily Wedding Crashers is nothing like your usual comedy, the characters are likeable and from a break from the norm the jokes are actually very funny.
I've always been a big fan of both Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Wilson especially always manages to make me laugh and I thought he was fantastic in You, Me & Dupree. Fortunately he's just as good in Wedding Crashers. Him and Vince Vaughn have real onscreen chemistry and you can tell that they get on really well in real life as they've worked together numerous times previously. Vince Vaughn, although one of the main characters kind of takes a back seat role in this film and allows Owen Wilson to take the more prominent role. Jeremy's character is the one that comes out with most of the laughs whereas John's character is more serious and the movie focuses more upon his rocky relationship with Claire. I've seen this structure done in a lot of films before and it doesn't tend to work very well as one person always ends up standing out more however in Wedding Crashers I think both men stand out equally but for different reasons which is brilliant. Despite their characters being very different their friendship is great to watch and the two characters are both equally loveable. There's also a cameo appearance by Will Ferrell who never fails to amuse in these types of films and he really lights up the screen with his performance
I think the story is very good and something really different from the normal comedy. This film could have been a huge mess but thankfully (mainly to Vaughn and Wilson) it became a big success. With a story like this where you have two men pretending to be someone they're not in order to sleep with girls could have come across as very sexist and offensive but fortunately they found two very good and very likeable actors to play the lead roles.
My only real problem with the film would be the running time, it lasts over two hours which never really works in a comedy and although the film does keep you entertained for the duration of the running time I do think that it could have been wrapped up a bit quicker as some scenes are slightly dragged out and unnecessary. I personally think that 128 minutes is overly long for a comedy film. The other minor problem is that some of the jokes can be a little childish and not particularly funny at all, funeral crashing comes up in the film at one point and although it was done in a funny way it could have caused offence to some people.
Despite it's shortcomings I thoroughly enjoyed Wedding Crashers, the majority of the film is extremely funny and I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed it as I don't normally like these types of comedies. It's a film that can be enjoyed over and over again. All the relationships in the film are brilliant to watch develop. The one between Gloria and Jeremy I found to be especially funny as at the start Jeremy believes that she's a nutcase but as the film progresses he warms to her. I would say that the film is mainly aimed at the under 30's I doubt that anyone older than that sort of age would enjoy it however I would recommend it to anyone, it's a brilliant comedy and I challenge you not to enjoy it.
The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99 which is a brilliant price for a film of such high standards.
The special features include:
An option to watch the film as the version seen in cinemas!
Audio commentary from director David Dobkin
Audio commentary from lead actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
'Event Planning' featurette
'The Rules' featurette
The rules of wedding crashing!
''99 Red Balloons" scene
'Circus' music video from The Sights
I am not a big fan of Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson, the two leads in this above-average rom-com, and, in the past, have found their movies rather uninspiring and decidely flat. Which is why I was pleasently surprised when, a couple of years ago, I caught Wedding Crashers on one of the digital channels and actually really enjoyed it! So much so that when it was on again recently, I sat down to watch it again...
John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey (Wilson and Vaughn respectively) are a couple of bachelor divorce lawyers who specialise in deception and skullduggery. But these two are no con-men- instead they utilise their skills to crash weddings, spin tall yarns and pick up women for one night stands. Jaded and disillusioned by the number of failed relationships they encounter in their day-jobs, this sport has become a kind of game to these two best of friends with it's own code and rules for each and every eventuality.
When State Treasury Secretary, William Cleary, and his wife, Kathleen, host a wedding celebration for their daughter, it is too much of a challenge for Wilson and Vaughn to resist. Using their usual charm and deplomb, they trick their way into the venue and attempt to hit on two of the bridesmaids; sisters to the bride herself. Posing as brothers, the pair make quite an impact and are later invited to a family weekend as guests of the Secretary himself. Wilson by this stage has become smitten with Claire, the eldest of the two sisters, and so breaks the unwritten rules by taking things further- this despite the blatant distrust exhibited by Claire's boyfriend, Zach, who as well as being jealous of Wilson's affections, also believes the pair quite rightly to be less than they seem and becomes determined to prove it. At a family dinner on the first night for example, he launches into a series of probing questions but the more Wilson and Vaughn elaborate on their lies, the more the State Treasury Secretary (played to great effect by veteran actor, Christopher Walken) begins to warm to them.
Things come to a head at the end of the weekend when Zach reveals that he has had the pair investigated and that they are not who they seem. Wilson and Vaughn are forced to leave in a hurry at which point, Wilson realises that he has fallen in love with Claire despite the fact that she has now become engaged to the highly possessive and weasely Zach. But, knowing the truth, Claire wants nothing more to do with Wilson and so he spirals into a wave of depression that sees his relationship with Vaughn break apart and his joining up with a mutual friend to crash funerals instead!
Can Wilson turn himself around and reunite with his lost love? Theres only one way to find out......take a chance.
This is a highly amusing and very watchable film that is chock-filled wth amusing and real laughg-out-loud moments. The onscreen chemistry between Wilson and Vaughn is superb and sublime and the whole thing works on so many levels. Rarely does a comedy like this manage to pull the whole thing off so sweetly but this is a real comedy gem that really is as good as all the hype would suggest! I loved every moment from Isla Fisher's portrayal as Gloria, Vaughn's conquest, as a slightly psychotic bunny-boiler at first who then turns out to be just what Vaughn has been looking for to Walken's excellent turn as State Treasury Secretary and father of the bride.
Will from the Alias series (Bradley Cooper) stars as Claire's boyfriend, Zach, and is also perfectly cast- in fact there is nothing here to find fault about at all and the whole thing is one of the best rom-com's to be made in recent years!!
If you've not seen this yet, give it a go- it is always being shown on one of the digital channels or is available on DVD fairly cheaply now as it is a slightly older movie. Even if you don't like Vaughn or Wilson, don't let that put you off as this is pure comedy gold!
This is such a good comedy film. No matter how many times i've watched it it still makes me laugh and I pick up on jokes that i've forgotten about! Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan are both very good in it and Isla Fisher is also very funny as the slightly crazy girl who Vince Vaughn's character ends up falling for. There's the usual crudish, slapstick humour and great lines which make this film what it is! This film is great escapism and one of those which can be watched time and time again. It's all about having fun. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of lighthearted entertainment. It's also a great hangover movie for those days when you cant get out of bed and cant be bothered to concentrate too much on anything too deep! It's one for the dvd collection and has to be seen!
Wedding Crashes is a film from 2005 starring the gruesome twosome Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan who work as divorce mediators and decide that getting married is simply wrong yet enjoy the thrills of wedding crashing having learnt from their protege Chaz (Will Ferrell)
John and Jeremy are serial womanisers and move from one wedding to another with different stories and whether it's a Jewish wedding or a Chinese one, they manage to eat lots, drink lots and eventually end up getting their prize woman. As the "wedding season" draws to a close, young John seems to be getting a little tired but Jeremie convinces him to go for the big catch - the wedding of Secretary William Cleary's daughter.
The pair choose a brides-maid each which are the girl's sisters and find themselves caught up in the weird world of the Cleary family. I won't go further in to the plot but what I will say is that the family members all have very strong characters and the situations and lines that John and Jeremy use are endless entertainment. You are never quite sure whether it is going to be a happy ending or not and I'm not going to tell you - you are just going to have to find out! It's a funny film though and goes on for 2 hours without boring you one bit. There is a fair share of almost nudity and a bit of swearing but it's only mild.
Towards the end of the film, the protege himself Chaz - Will Ferrell turns up, he's now advanced to Funeral Crashing!