Movie Review
Wedding Crashers

By: Jay Millikan

Posted 07/25/2005 - 07:51:57 AM by J.Timmermann:
 On the whole, I strongly disliked this. And I wanted to like it. Really, I did. I love Zoolander, and really like Old School. This one started off quite promisingly, too. The montage of John and Jeremy going to weddings, getting teary at the ceremonies, dancing to "Shout" at the receptions, doing shots, getting laid, is terrific. But it's mostly downhill from there. Vince and Owen are good, as usual. Christopher Walken is surprisingly understated. (I figured he'd be chewing scenery left and right given free reign in a movie like this.) Rachel McAdams looks fantastic. But the film itself loses sight of its quasi-brilliant premise once the narrative kicks in--e.g., once they leave the wedding for the Cleary compound. The stock characters are so bad in this: Jane Seymour's slutty matriarch, the creepy, hunchbacked gay painter brother, the foul-mouthed granny. Worst of all is Claire's boyfriend/fiance. Could this guy possibly be any more of a douchebag? This is exactly the same guy Drew Barrymore was supposed to marry in The Wedding Singer, and, well, the same guy pretty, sweet girls are always inexplicably stuck with until Star Gets Girl in bad movies like this. I mean, doesn't this seem way too easy to anyone else here? John and Jeremy crash weddings to screw girls, but they could be neo-Nazis or Klansmen and still seem preferable to this guy! Also, the whole fucked-up-private-lives-of-the-rich-and-famous thing is done to death; unless you're going to go all out and get sincerely vicious with this, just move on, okay?
Posted 07/25/2005 - 12:19:31 PM by Keltron2001:
 I can't believe this movie got this positive of a review here. I agree with you that Vince Vaughan gave a great performance, but the rest of the movie gave us the same old bullshit we've had from countless other movies (and at 120 minutes!) Owen Wilson (completely overrated) did nothing really funny in this movie, Christopher Walken was COMPLETELY wasted, and the female characters were all treated like shit. We weren't offered anything to believe that Rachel McAdams' character actually had a personality or that Owen Wilson and her had chemistry, other than they made each other laugh sometimes. Why does Owen Wilson keep insisting that they stay at this completely bizarre family's house after everything that happens to his friend? It's because the script writers need them too, other than that there's no motivation. I felt nothing for them, and that's fine in a comedy where you want to turn your brain off, but this movie spends most of its time following the storyline between these two dullards and it's just completely boring. I totally agree with the guy who posted before me too about the boyfriend- right, we get that he is a bad guy. Going this completely over-the-top with him isn't funny. Even believing Rachel McAdams' colorless character was attracted to him is hard to swallow. I needn't address the stereotypic "crazy" characters from the family because I believe the guy before me did it just fine. The appearance of Will Ferrell alone made me feel like a kid running to his parents after a horrible week at summer camp. His simple facial expressions were the most refreshing part of this turd of a movie.
Posted 07/25/2005 - 03:01:41 PM by TheBrad:
 Forget all that; get to the meat of the matter: how was John McCain?
Posted 07/25/2005 - 03:18:10 PM by IanMathers:
 Barely there; I'd forgotten he was in it until you mentioned it.
Posted 07/26/2005 - 07:16:57 PM by AlfredSoto:
 I have to agree with the naysayers. Yeah, Vince Vaughn was awesome ("ERRONEOUS! ERRONEOUS!"), but I wish Owen Wilson would get the movie he deserves.
Posted 07/29/2005 - 03:54:55 PM by Snuffleupagus:
Posted 07/31/2005 - 05:40:28 PM by TheBrad:
 Saw this last night. The ending dragged, Wilson was a jackass to Vaughn by interrupting/holding up his wedding, McAdams went from betrayed to in-love without giving Wilson a single shred of outrage. Walken was wasted, the Jane Seymour thing was lame and just dropped halfway through, the gay brother didn't strike me as stock and got the most non-Vince laughs in the theater. It is unbelievable how Vince can simultaneously play tender, manic, and bone-dry and make it work. Ferrell's got to watch his back.
Posted 08/14/2005 - 09:44:40 PM by ieatseeds:
 vince vaughn makes this movie worth a few bucks. "did you do the motorboat? You motorboatin son of a bitch! you old sailor, you! Where is she!? is she still in the house?" oh my god, I can't stop laughing about that. He is just all over the place. As in MADE, (a movie with considerably more substance but vaughn is just as funny) vince vaughn is just so adlibbingly funny you can't resist.