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:: Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers is one big party of a film. There is a good dose of crass and crude one-humour, wrapped up in some hilarious one-liners, dancing, singing, and sexual antics. At 120 minutes, the film is unfortunately too long and perhaps the uneasiness of being heart-warming in the latter stages, cheapens and squanders the film’s opportunity to be of genuine quality.

Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) and John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) are divorce lawyers who use fake names to “crash” weddings in order to pick up sexy young women. They have a list of weddings for the coming season and select suitable ones in which to jump into action. They always seem to be related to a distant aunt, uncle or cousin as if they barely make the invitation list, and do their research accordingly.

This is the final wedding of the season and it’s that of a daughter of US Treasury Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken). Things get a little murky. The operation is clouded as John becomes smitten with the maid of honour Claire Cleary (Rachel McAdams) and her goofy sister Gloria (Isla Fisher) is chasing Jeremy. Therefore, the “Wedding Crashers” code (of not falling in love) is hanging in the balance. As John and Claire’s relationship deepens, it means the fake identities of both men take them to the family Holiday house for a weekend away.

It’s a pity the gags are repeated and the serious moments a bit over-dramatised next to the good humour that precedes them. The film had the scope for a strong comedy but the lack of creativity lessens the impact. There were some good laughs in the early stages, even with the appearances of Christopher Walken and Jane Seymour who added some bite to the story. When love blooms for John and Claire, the chemistry between the two actors is terrific. However, the last part of the film sees it diminish because they are separated. The mood and momentum of the film had been lost. Maybe the screenplay should have been overhauled and the film shortened by about twenty minutes.

The byplay between Wilson and Vaughn is very good most of the time. The pranks are humorous. Vaughn’s quick-fire delivery complements Wilson’s lazy drawl. It could have been an inspiring comedy double act if fitted to the right script. I’d like to see them do more films together.

Overall, ‘Wedding crashers’ is too long but it’s still worth a look with some decent uncompromising jokes. It has a raunchy flavour and there are some good acting performances.