Review by Dana Place


John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn) are two friends who, in their own minds, seem to have found the perfect answer to perpetual single-hood.  They crash weddings, looking for lonely, despondent women, play to their sensibilities and then take them home.  Their perfect plan goes awry when Owen Wilson falls for one of the bridesmaids (Rachel McAdams as Claire Cleary) at a high profile wedding.  Jeremy is dragged along as John’s “wingman” on a weekend getaway with Claire’s family, hoping to help him get the woman of his dreams.

To complicate matters, Rachel’s family immediately latches onto the two young men, from William (Christopher Walken) the straight man of the supporting cast and his wife and Kathleen (Jane Seymour) who has a fascination with teasing young men with her breasts, to Claire’s sister Gloria (Isla Fisher) who goes crazy for Jeremy and her asocial brother Todd (Keir O’Donnell) who expresses his appreciation for Jeremy in some of the very same ways, along with a memorable cameo by Will Ferrell as their mentor who has figured out a unique way to take the wedding crashing idea to an all new high.. um err.. low.  With the help of the supporting cast, this movie takes full advantage of it’s “R” rating, creating some of the most awkward sexual humor I have ever laughed at, while at the same time looking around to make sure I wasn’t the only one laughing of course.

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are hilarious together.  Owen Wilson’s calm and sometimes unassuming demeanor plays perfectly against Vince Vaughn’s hyper active aggressiveness.  The scenes with just the two of them together, some of the more subtle humor in the film, was some of the best comedic chemistry I have seen in a very long time.

On the whole, the film’s attempt to tell a coherent story only gets in the way of laughing until my gut hurt.  The lack of any kind of story can be forgiven, because this movie is really only about moving on to the next over the top joke.  And this movie is more than funny enough to compensate. score - On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I give WEDDING CRASHERS a 8.

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