Rated: R Reviewed by: Frank Release date: July 15, 2005 Released by: New Line Cinema
I wonder if this film will start a trend. If so there will be freewheeling bachelors slipping into weddings uninvited, grabbing center stage and hitting on all the romantically charged women at the party.
Anyone who remembers There's Something About Mary knows what it means to find humor in risque or downright obnoxious situations. Wedding Crashers ratchets up that style by a significant factor. We see and hear more than we expect and some of the language, situations and comedy which might embarrass us are so well integrated into the story we can't control our laughter.
What could be called "Ten Weddings and a Funeral" begins with a series of crashed weddings in which Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have a great time dancing, mixing and reaching the bedroom with single women who they attract with various techniques. Some of the tricks involve using artificial tears, fake purple hearts and tearful tales of their past exploits in war and other heroic places. Perhaps the best line is "I understand we only use ten percent of our brain, but I think we only use ten percent of our heart" - boy does that work. The musical sound track at the weddings is well chosen and comfortably fits the antics of our heros - and they really become heros over time; they make us feel as though we are attending very successful wedding banquets.
The major wedding involves the Secretary of the Treasury played with pomp effectively by Christopher Walken as the father of the bride. We even get to see Senator John McCain of Arizona and James Carville meeting the wedding guests. At the end there is an even more surprising cameo appearance by a guy that crashes funerals and the Secretary's wife (Jane Seymour) shows overt interest in Wilson both on the dance floor and in the bed room where she reveals her newest renovation in a Graduate like scene.
Vince Vaughn truly dominates this story, he is the life of the party and has us on the floor laughing constantly with his relaxed risque antics. Compare this performance with the nasty villains he has played in films like Clay Pigeons and he is even more impressive.
Watch for the action at the dinner table by Isla Fisher the sister who is as loose a date as any guy could hope for. She's also a little scary. The fiancee of McAdams gets to be the villain, dad (Walken) would like to see the political tie of two names in his family but Bradley Cooper who ends up hugging a toilet is perfect in his losing role as Sack. At the same time McAdams offers the best smile in the movies today and we can easily understand if Vaughn decides to stop crashing.
While the two main characters are devious, obnoxious and the last we would want for a son-in-law, we can't help but like them. They work their way into our good side and we find ourselves cheering for these guys, who we hope we never meet at a wedding.