The pair work together as divorce mediators by day, a nice contrast with their weekend job of crashing weddings. But they don’t just turn up for a couple of drinks and a slice of cake – wedding crashing is an art to these two and comes with its own (long) set of stringent rules.
The ultimate reason behind this is of course to “score chicks” – I’m not so sure I find the premise that all single woman spend weddings dying to get laid that funny, but this movie is all about outrageous stereotypes so it’s hard to get offended.
Things unravel when Jeremy gets wind of the “wedding of the year” – the union of an influential senator’s daughter – and he works hard to convince John they need to attend.
This backfires when John finds himself in love at first sight with another of the senator’s daughters (played by The Notebook’s Rachel McAdams) and wants to stay on to spend some more time with her, thus breaking the cardinal wedding crashing rule number 12: “Always pull out in time”.
Before they know it, the boys are smack bang in the middle of the world’s most dysfunctional family complete with a foul mouthed granny, a sex crazed mother, not to mention the tortured artist son (who happens to be gay and quite partial to Jeremy).
Combining the devilishly deluxe comedy team of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan, you know from the outset you’re in for some good laughs.
Fast talking Vince is so dry and cuttingly witty that he perfectly compliments Owen’s lazy drawl and loveable attitude.
But the true show stealer is Isla Fischer as the loopy “code five clinger” who Jeremy unwittingly hooks up with (she’s yet another of the senator’s daughters). Her unpredictability, eccentricity and bunny boiler attitude will have you laughing your head off. The stand out moment has to be the “fondling” she gives Jeremy under the table at a big family dinner – priceless!
Hollywood comedies have a tendency to fall flat due to their heavy reliance on one running gag, but Wedding Crashers manages to avoid this – probably due to the completely over-the-top wack job characters.
Don’t let your boy be put off by all the weddings in this movie, it’s definitely one of those films with appeal to both sexes.
Go see it if you feel like taking a walk on the lighter side of life.