Movie Review **
Crashing Weddings Now the Summer Thing To Do and See
By Yong-yi Zhu
Directed by David Dobkin
Written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher
Starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, and Isla Fisher
Move over, “Dodgeball” and “Anchorman.” If you are looking for a lighthearted summer comedy with some stupid humor and superfluous sex, then “Wedding Crashers” may be the perfect movie for you.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, respectively. They never seem to do their real jobs as divorce mediators; instead they crash weddings on a regular basis. (For those not familiar with the term, wedding crashing is going to weddings uninvited, drinking free booze, and meeting, then sleeping with girls there.) The pair is terrific at this, hitting every kind of wedding from Chinese to Irish. Their cover stories help them through the door, and their personalities make them huge hits at the weddings.
When the daughter of the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken), ties the knot, the two goofballs (or more aptly in this case, the two venture capitalists) successfully crash the wedding. They make an impression on the girls they are after, and Secretary Cleary even invites John to go sailing.
The problem arises with Secretary Cleary’s other daughters. John falls for Claire (Rachel McAdams), who unfortunately already has a boyfriend, Sack Lodge (Bradley Cooper); John decides he can change that. Jeremy, on the other hand, is being sexually preyed on by Gloria (Isla Fisher), who has a frightening love of commitment. But she is only one part of the crazy Cleary family; the movie becomes still funnier as we learn more: what Claire has to put up with, how John tries to get Claire, and how Jeremy tries to get rid of Gloria.
This movie would not be successful without extremely funny acting, which Wilson and Vaughn deliver. Maybe their stupidity makes them brilliant, but they excel at what they do. Wilson even brings out his softer side in his pursuit of Claire. (I am fairly convinced that Vaughn doesn’t have a softer side, but it suits his character.)
The plot is always secondary to the humor in this kind of movie, but at least this one is loaded with hilarity. From ridiculous pants to inappropriateness under the dinner table to funeral crashing, it’s an absolute riot. Even the grandmother (Ellen Albertini Dow) delivers a performance that will make your eyes water from laughter.
The writing is average at best, but what can you ask for in a stupid comedy? This movie was more coherent than most other movies of its type, though. It’s most certainly more enjoyable than “Anchorman” and just may rank up there with the likes of “Zoolander.”
The fantastic costumes, from Jeremy’s ridiculous pants to Sack’s outlandish outfits, add greatly to the humor of the movie. After all, there’s nothing better than making fun of rich people’s clothing.
Overall, this entertaining movie is worth seeing if you have an idle afternoon or evening. But then again, if you have the time, you might as well go crash a wedding yourself.