Line Cinema presents a film directed by David Dobkin.
Written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher. Running time: 119
minutes. Rated R (for sexual content/nudity and language).
Starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Isla
Fisher, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Bradley Cooper.
critics seem to feel obligated to mount intellectual defenses
of rather simplistic films that they liked. It's almost as
if we're not allowed to enjoy something unless it is intellectually
stimulating or especially well-made. But you know what? Fuck
those guys. Pull the stick out of your ass and have some fun
for a change.
what I just said pissed you off, don't bother with Wedding
Crashers. It's simplistic, it adheres to formulas and
clichés. There's rarely a narrative or emotional moment
here that you haven't seen in some other form. Oh - and it's
also really funny. So weigh your options; is it more important
that the film be original, or is it more important that it'll
make you laugh your ass off? For me, in this context, laughter
the movie a great work of art? No, of course not. But it never
aspires to be, and to hold it to those standards is just plain
idiotic. When a movie's concept revolves around two guys who
crash weddings to pick up chicks, you should know what to
expect, and although that might not be much, trust me - here,
most everything just clicks.
Crashers establishes its intentions through a bravura
opening montage of alcohol, sex and nudity, in which crashers
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn)
seduce and bed lots of loose women. Comedies all too often
fail to follow through on their lowbrow convictions, and it's
refreshing to see a movie this determined to gleefully push
the boundaries of good taste.
the events depicted in the montage, John and Jeremy decide
to crash the wedding of their lives. The Secretary of the
Treasury's (Christopher Walken) daughter is getting married,
so of course it's going to be a very big deal. At the wedding,
both men set their sights on the Secretary's other two daughters
- John wants Claire (Rachel McAdams), who already has a boyfriend
(Bradley Cooper), and Jeremy gets Gloria (Isla Fisher), a
clingy nympho stalker.
John falls in love, of course, and he fights to get Claire's
affections and to reveal that her boyfriend is really a jerk.
Then they have a fight, of course, and then there's the climax
in which John gives a big, emotional speech and wins Claire's
heart. Of course.
all very familiar, but Wilson and Vaughn manage to keep it
interesting. Playing off of each other in a way reminiscent
of John Belushi and Dan Akroyd, they represent the best comedy
duo of modern film. Wilson's laid-back charm and Vaughn's
hilariously fast-paced energy contrast perfectly, and they
manage to find humor in even the most clichéd of scenes.
McAdams is delightful, and a natural comedic talent; following
her turns in last years' Mean Girls and The Notebook,
this is an actress we will be seeing a lot more of.
bitch all you want about how Wedding Crashers sticks
to the romantic comedy format and about how the climax sucks.
Because it's still the funniest film of the year so far, and
if that's not enough for you, then I'm sorry.
2005 Matt Noller, not that anyone would ever want to steal