Wedding Crashers (2005)
USA / English
"On July 15th, they're coming to your wedding...with or without invitations. "John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.
Wilson and Vaughn: The Perfect Couple?
The Frat-Pack, are surely the hardest working collective in Hollywood.
Hardly a month goes by without a movie featuring Ben Stiller, Vince
Vaughn, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, or those Wilson boys Luke and Owen
When Starsky and Hutch paired Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller it was good,
when Dodgeball put Vince Vaughn with Ben Stiller it was better, but
"Wedding Crashers" could well be the finest Frat-Pack pairing to date.
Although Wilson and Vaughn have appeared in four movies together so
far, this is the first where they've both taken star billing. In
"Wedding Crashers", John Beckwith (Wilson) and Jeremy Klein (Vaughn),
are a pair of divorce mediators whose passion in life is sneaking into
weddings to take advantage of the free food.. and of course score with
They have a strict 'crashers rulebook', which dictates the etiquette of
the pick-up, such as 'never use your real name'. It also suggests, by
behaving raucously, loudly and generally being the life-and-soul,
people will think you're so obnoxious, you can't not have been invited.
The pair eventually find themselves at odds with each other when John
meets and falls for a bridesmaid at the Washington society wedding of
Although "Wedding Crashers" is at times formulaic, the comic
performances raise this movie above par and in lesser hands the main
characters could have descended into Rom-Com cliché. The fast-talking
machine-gun delivery of Vaughn is the perfect accompaniment to Wilson's
laconic style. Their single-guy banter's often painfully accurate, as
is the acknowledgement they're both a little too old to be acting so
carelessly. There are also some great comic set-pieces too, notably the
divorce meeting, the weddings montage, the cringe-worthy football game
and the hunting trip.
The supporting cast are also an asset, Christopher Walken expertly
walks the tightrope of being both broodingly intimidating and likable,
while Rachel McAdams' 'Claire' has a charming vulnerability and an
easy-to-fall-in love with quality. Former "Home and Away" pin-up Isla
Fisher however, is less convincing.
I admit "Wedding Crashers" is far from perfect, at time situations seem
too contrived, the nudity is laughably gratuitous, and Claire's evil
fiancée Sack (Bradley Cooper) is an almost too heavy-handed device to
make Wilson look good.
But if you can look past all that, and simply accept it for what it is,
you're left with a very funny film. 8/10
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