Monday, January 19, 2015

The Wedding Ringer

Writer/Director Jeremy Garelick, along with Co-Writer Jay Lavender have a great premise with The Wedding Ringer.

Jimmy Calahan (Kevin Hart) has created a successful business portraying the Best Man at the weddings of Millennials, who do not have any friends. 

He is approached by friendless Doug Harris (Josh Gad), who needs not only a Best Man, but 7 Groomsmen, as well…something that Callahan has never done.

 Though there is too much time in the setup…mainly the entire first act…, the film starts to pay off when Jimmy and Doug dance at someone else’s wedding; then play a hysterical football game with Doug’s father-in-law’s (Ken Howard) friends, who include real-life football stars Joe Namath, John Riggins and Ed “Too Tall” Jones; Doug is kidnapped for a riotous bachelor party; and everyone joins in for the honeymoon finale.
If you’re willing to be patient for some great laughs, these scenes alone make the film worthwhile.  I give The Wedding Ringer a 3+ out of 5.

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