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The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer
Starring:
Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting


Rated: R for crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic nudity.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: January 16, 2015 Released by: Screen Gems

The Wedding Ringer feels a little like Revenge of the Nerds, but it's really revenge or perhaps rehabilitation of the misfits.

Doug (Josh Gad) is about to marry a gorgeous girl (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting -from The Big Bang Theory), she is far above what expected to achieve in a life partner for himself.  Gretchen (Cuocc-Sweeting) finds him safe, steady and a solid good catch.  They are into a formula that we immediately perceive is destined to fail.  

When Doug has no one to be his best man or others to stand up for him at the wedding, he hires Jimmy (Kevin Hart) to play the best man and to put together a team of other guys to act as his friends for the ceremony.  Jimmy has reservations initially but Doug is willing to pay $50,000 for the service and Jimmy takes over for the seven days before the wedding.  

It's obvious the wedding expectations are going to change at some point.  Before that we meet Gretchen's father played with silly anger by Ken Howard, he sounds as if he were still coaching a high school basket ball team on television.  Her mom is Mimi Rogers who basically sits and gives facial response to the foolish antics which whirl around her.  Cloris Leachman is the grandmother who ends up on fire at the rehearsal dinner. 

The bonding of Jimmy and Doug becomes the theme of the script with the wedding as the tapestry they play on.  The boys fake pictures of exciting events, like sky diving and mountain climbing so Doug will appear active and interesting.  But he isn't he works and works hard leaving little or no time for friends and apparently no relatives no matter how far flung.  

The wedding guys do have fun dancing and they are enjoyable to watch at that point, but mostly they enter into silly rather dull comic situations, like playing a muddy football game with Dad and his tough older friends which include Joe Namath   

On the other hand, Jimmy gets to know Gretchen's sister, Alison (Olivia Thirlby) and she is enough to inspire confidence in anyone and Doug gets introduced to Nadia played seductively and warmly buy Nicky Whelan.

The Wedding Ringer is harmless but that's not much of a recommendation.

 

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