WEDDING CRASHERS (Theatrical Release USA 2005)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.0|5.0 Starsììì

Wedding Crashers—lots of brief nudity with a heavily adult theme—uses the talents of Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Christopher Walken to tell its story. Is the film well done? Yes. As an educational watch, it can serve as a terrific visual exploration into the world of exceptionally skilled predators looking for that ‘free ride’—free food, free entertainment, free sex without responsibility for the cost of the ‘party’. It’s a coming of age movie when two men are a little too old to still be coming of age. The story is slightly reminiscent of the Adam Driver and Ben Stiller movie, While We’re Young, when two adults ‘missed the boat’ as all their friends got on board and moved to the next stage in their lives.

Storyline

John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) crash weddings to bed women.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director David Dobkin for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Cale Boyter, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, and Guy Riedel for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken), Claire Cleary (Rachel McAdams), Gloria Cleary (Isla Fisher), Kathleen Cleary (Jane Seymour), Grandma Mary Cleary (Ellen Albertini Dow), Todd Cleary (Keir O’Donnell), Sack Lodge (Bradley Cooper), Randolph (Ron Canada), Father O’Neil (Henry Gibson), Mr. Kroeger (Dwight Yoakam), and Mrs. Kroeger (Rebecca De Mornay).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The film serves a sophisticated, mature audience. Its most redeeming factor becomes a type of education concerning the uninvited guest, why that guest may be escorted out when discovered, and how sophisticated a con becomes when someone wants something for free without responsibility toward the cost and maintenance of the free item. There is a certain theme running through the film that reminds one of the 1956 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production of High Society with Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly.

 Ben Meyers

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