Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are some of the best
comedic actors of this generation; the only problem is that their latest
films don't necessarily prove how funny these guys really are. Vince Vaughn
jumped on the scene with his hilarious performance in Swingers.
Soon after this film I looked for anything with the name Vaughn attached
to the credits, but the only problem was that Vaughn decided to do non-comedic
films such as The Lost World, Psycho, and The Cell;
all of which offered no real opportunity for him to be funny in. Soon losing
interest in these films, Vaughn returned to the genre that made him great.
However, these films were not always good [Dodgeball makes me sick],
and the excellent / hilarious ones did not feature Vaughn as the star. What
happened to the guy who tells his buddies how money they are or how girls
should be treated like bunnies?
The same holds true for Owen Wilson as well. After breaking onto the film
circuit with Bottle Rocket and a cameo in The Cable Guy,
Wilson quickly became the next funny man for his cameo antics on films such
as Armageddon. By 2000 Owen Wilson was offered his first chance
to really show how funny he was by co-starring in Shanghai Noon
with Jackie Chan. This film was surprisingly funny, convincing me that not
only did Chan find a nice venue in comedy but so did Wilson. Wilson's filmography
got a little bumpy after this point with a mix of some good comedies and
some bad cameos. Wilson attempted to return to the lead funny man in the
sequel Shanghai Knights with negative results, had success in his
cameo roles in the Meet the Parents films, but then picked up more
sub-par films that included Starsky & Hutch, Around the World
in 80 Days, and I Spy.
How is it possible that these two extremely funny comedic actors are having
problems pulling in hit movies one after another? These guys know their
funny, all they needed is an outlet to be themselves and let the adlibbed
laughs come freely. Was their latest film, Wedding
Crashers, the outlet that most moviegoers hoped would
have them laughing in their seats? You bet your ass it is!
Wedding Crashers- Synopsis
If you have seen any of the trailers for Wedding
Crashers, than you probably already picked up on the simple premise
behind the film. Two best friends, John Beckwith [Owen Wilson] and Jeremy
Grey [Vince Vaughn], have been taught by a mentor [not revealed till the
end of the film] on the basic rules and principles of how to crash weddings
and take advantage of horny female guests and bridesmaids. While the principles
have been successful on multiple occasions and sexual encounters, John is
growing tired of crashing weddings.
Vaughn and Wilson team up to make us laugh
In one of the last weddings to crash for 'wedding season', John and Jeremy decide to crash the wedding of Secretary Cleary's [Christopher Walken] daughter. The only problem is that Secretary Cleary has two other daughters, Claire [Rachel McAdams] and Gloria Cleary [Isla Fisher], which have managed to rope the best friends into after-wedding antics that include a trip to Secretary Cleary's vacation home.
While Jeremy was forced to go to accompany his new fling, Gloria, John further
pushed the issue in order to pursue Claire, a committed girl that had grabbed
John's full attention at first sight. Upon arrival to the Cleary vacation
home, antics ensue that will have you howling in laughter.
Wedding Crashers- Review
Vaughn, Wilson, it is damn good to have you boys
back! Each of you pushed your character's personality and not only made
each character more than believable, but just as hilarious. Vaughn goes
back to his Swingers humor with so many witty lines that I wished
I had a pen to jot them all down.
Rachel McBride and her annoying boyfriend played by Bradley Cooper
But never mind the dialogue [which is great], because what makes Wedding
Crashers so damn good is that David Dobkin, Steve Faber, and Bob Fisher
have found a way to cover up a romantic comedy with R-rated humor. Wedding
Crashers should satisfy most about everyone, just as long as they are
over the age of 13. Yes, there is a lot of sexual humor and enough sets
of nice breasts that would make you wonder how exactly the casting director
screen tested some of the actresses. But, besides the raunchy humor, humor
that will have you howling in laughter, Wedding Crashers shows
its romantic and lovable side on numerous occasions. Guys, if your girl
friend has been bothering you about seeing a date movie, grab a movie ticket
and hurry her over to Wedding Crashers. I guess that means you
will need two movie tickets.
The number one aspect that drives the story and the humor for Wedding
Crashers are the characters. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson look like
they are up to old habits as they offer up some of the best laughs I am
sure to have all year. Christopher Walken is also loveable in the film,
as he plays the role of a politician and very caring father; instead of
the strange characters he is usually offered. However, I cannot forget to
mention the ladies behind Wedding Crashers as well, as they have
just as much to do with the film as do the men.
Jane Seymour plays the unfaithful wife to Secretary Cleary, Kathleen Cleary,
as she attempts to seduce John into doing sexual exploits with her. Rachel
McAdams, as usual, is beautiful in Wedding Crashers and gives more
than full reason on why John fell for her as quickly as he did. But the
best character of all comes from Isla Fisher who plays Cleary's other daughter
Gloria. I have never seen this actress before, making me continuously ask
'who is this chick?' The character Gloria represents a good portion of the
laughs for Wedding Crashers. Through her actions, dialogue, or
jokes played on her, she will continuously have you laughing through out
the entire film with her childish antics.
I never though any one of these young ladies would be able to stand up next
to Vaughn and Wilson when it came to comedic performance, but Fisher shines
beautifully. It was sheer genius by the casting director to pick some one
like Isla Fisher, who is utterly adorable with her good looks, child-like
features, and addicting personality.
I cannot tell you how happy I was by the closing credits of Wedding
Crashers. This film does exactly what a comedy should and then some.
By hiding the fact that the film is actually this summer's romantic comedy,
Wedding Crashers may just become the best comedy of the year.