Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken

David Dobkin

Running Time:
119 mins

Out to buy on DVD 28/12/05

"Would you like to touch them, I've just had them done"

It's wedding season again and for John (Wilson) and Jeremy (Vaughn) it is time to sneak into as many ceremonies as they can so they can meet all the romance-fuelled women and take advantage. With their own set of rules, research and plan of attack they never failed to score and were always the life and soul of the party. As this season draws to a close however, Jeremy discovers the big one. Treasury Secretary William Cleary's (Walken) daughter is getting married and it is the biggest social event on the Washington D.C. calendar, making this THE wedding they had to crash.

With an ingenious premise, can 'Wedding Crashers' deliver on its comic potential or will you be left waiting at the alter?

The combination of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as a couple of guys who crash weddings to sleep with women has all the possibility to become a comedy classic and while 'Wedding Crashes' does delivers many laughs it doesn't quite have what it takes to make it into the classic category. The main reason for this is that the film looses its way as soon as the boys go to the Cleary wedding. This is when Hollywood sentimentality and the rom-com elements really kick in.

Going from a riotous, outrageous comedic approach to a basic rom-com kills much of the momentum gained in the first act of the movie. While you can understand that Wilson's John might start thinking he is getting too old for this and in Claire, he might have finally found someone he doesn't want to leave behind after the festivities have finished, his story becomes far too cheesy and predictable. This is a role that Wilson plays very well but he loses most of his trademark deadpan one-liners that have become his trademark. Rachel McAdams is beautiful as Claire, the object of John's affections but this is a role that doesn't really challenge her acting skills, as she is just there to look nice.

Saving the day is Vince Vaughn's Jeremy's romance with the slightly cuckoo Gloria. Played brilliantly in a breakout performance by Isla Fisher, Gloria is the psycho girlfriend that everyman fears getting. Over the weekend an innocent liaison on the beach turns into an obsession that turns Jeremy's weekend into relationship hell. This is the comedic heartbeat of the remainder of the movie and Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher play off each other brilliantly. This is a Vaughn at his best and some of the mishaps that happen to him will have you laughing out loud.

The rest of the cast are ok, with Bradley Cooper getting the best part as the overly competitive boyfriend but Jane Seymour and especially Christopher Walken are wasted, even when their parts had get potential.

'Wedding Crashers' is a comedy movie that has a great premise but doesn't deliver as much as it could have. Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher bring the comedy however and make this an amusing rom-com that will have you laughing but just don't expect to be quoting from it as soon as you leave. It makes you feel like you are falling for the beautiful bridesmaid and you wake up with the bride's least favourite and slightly large Aunt but that's Weddings for you.

An option to watch the film as the version seen in cinemas!
Audio commentary from director David Dobkin
Audio commentary from lead actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
Deleted scenes
'Event Planning' featurette
'The Rules' featurette
The rules of wedding crashing!
''99 Red Balloons" scene
'Circus' music video from The Sights
Theatrical trailer & Teaser trailer

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