Sunday, July 17, 2005

Wedding Crashers

Rating: B

I didn't have a lot of expectations for this movie. I knew it was going to be funny with some potty humor, and perhaps there would be some a love story somewhere in there. The one thing it had going for it was the new "Brat Pack" cast members Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, who by the way, can hold his own against actors his own level as well as Hollywood's A-listers like Brad Pitt.

This is the story of two life-long buddies who have a second job crashing various weddings in order to get laid. Plain and simple. We're treated to their crashing techniques such as dancing with the flower girls, making balloon animals, schmoozing with the old folks, faking tears, and cramming food.

All the antics lead to the mother of all weddings. The Secretary of the Treasury's (Christopher Walken) daughter is getting married, and the opportunity is too good to pass up for our heros. Owen falls for the younger sister of the bride (a really really hot Rachel McAdams) and Vaughn meets an even younger sister with a hidden wild streak. It seems the roles in this movie are for Owen to have the romantic, sweet story, while Vaughn is subjected to the sometimes painful, sometimes pleasurable humor. It will keep the guys laughing and the women 'awwing'. The chemistry between the two is fantastic.

The movie runs out of gas about 2/3 of the way through, but picks back up near the end. They could have done without maybe 20 minutes of it, but overall it doesn't really affect the outcome. There are many cameos from Dwight Yoakam, Rebecca DeMornay, the old rapping lady from The Wedding Singer, Jane Seymour as Walken's newly "remodeled" wife, and other Brat Packers.

Not a bad movie. It was definately better than I had expected and I left feeling pretty good about love and life in general. Worth it if you need a good laugh.


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