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WEDDING CRASHERS (2005)
WEDDING CRASHERS tells the wacky adventures of two bachelor buddies who make a profession out of wining and dining their way through weddings; other people's weddings. Uninvited, all the same, John and Jeremy dance, eat, sing, and even cut the cake along with a slew of bride and grooms just before heading off with their sexiest bridesmaids for a night of never ending fun. But when the two embark on the challenging adventure of attending the famous Senator William Cleary's daughter's wedding, the last thing anyone, particularly John and Jeremy, would expect is for the two reckless, raucous bachelors to find love. But can their wily wedding snafu's be camouflaged enough to present themselves as upstanding citizens to the formidable William Cleary and daughters?
Written by: Steve Faber and Bob Fisher. Directed by: David Dobkin.
Genre: Comedy, Romance.
Rated: R for sexual content/nudity, and language.
Meet John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughan): two middle-aged party animals who, when they're not operating as 'upstanding' divorce attorneys, are playing the much coveted part of a bachelor's dream as notorious 'wedding crashers'. From Jewish, to Hindu, to Chinese, to Italian weddings, Beckwith and Grey gallivant around the tasty cultural hors de oeuvres, ample champagne, and hundreds of speculating wedding guests as they farce their way into filial relations much to the amusement and entertainment of the bride and groom, and themselves of course.
From first course to toasts to cake-cutting, the men work their way into the multiplicity of wanting female hearts, bridesmaids and all. With classic excuses such as the Foreign French Legion, to the Yankees, to the war, John and Jeremy, using false identification of course, charm their way into countless numbers of women's hearts for an extended time cap on their mischievous night of fun back at the hotel. As John and Jeremy are reveling about their latest nightly escapade, suddenly John lets on that he might be less than exuberant than his partner about their wily ways.
But when Jeremy comes to work with the latest and greatest opportunity, "Treasury Secretary William's daughter's over-the-top wedding bonanza, John's party-hardy buddy manages to convince him to dapple into one last big hoorah before retiring from the tiring 'wedding season'. There, however, John catches a glimpse of a beautiful brunette, coincidentally also Secretary William's (Christopher Walken) daughter, Claire (Rachel McAdams). While Jeremy keeps his eye on the 'red head', William's youngest daughter Gloria (Isla Fisher), John tries to work his way into Claire's heart. Thus, while Jeremy allegedly 'deflowers' Gloria on a remote private beach, John bails Claire out of her 'tragic' maid of honor speech. But though Jeremy has made full progress with his smitten kitten, (read WAY TOO MUCH PROGRESS), John is taken aback after the interested Claire is swept away by the leading hand of her significant other, Zack "the Sack" Lodge (Bradley Cooper).
As Jeremy runs up to his partner screaming "Warning, #5 Clinger alert; I repeat: Virgin Clinger!", John, with the help of a bubbly red head, convinces, or rather forces, Jeremy into accompanying the Cleary's to their guest house for the weekend. From badly forced clothing ensembles to a tragic game of football, tragic for Jeremy anyways, to classic pranks at the dinner table, John is easily making strides in the Cleary's esteem, particularly Senator William's unfaithful wife (Jane Seymour). Likewise, William's homosexual son Zack (Keir O'Donnell), the morose painter, seems to think that he and Jeremy had a definite 'moment' and without his sisters knowledge, surprises Jeremy in his bed with a 'sensual' homage to his manhood.
Meanwhile the vomiting Zack begins to berate his power over Claire, much to John's demise. To complicate matters John is consistently being propositioned by Claire's mother, and Zack has taken matters into his own hands to uncover the truth behind the "new guys" and their story. A sailboat trip and a productive bike ride later and Claire nearly pounces on John after a game of 'hot hands' on the beach. But just as soon as the two head back to the Cleary home for another dinner Zack decides to take the selfish, un-discussed initiative to announce his and Claire's engagement. But Claire looks less than excited and as she struggles to deal with her 'fiancees' selfish actions she is heartbroken when he complicates things by exposing John and Jeremy's true reputations as 'wedding crashers'.
Three months later John is still trying to get a hold of the defiant Clair who, though she won't return John's calls, accept his gifts, or give him the time of day (to be blunt), neither is she looking very excited for her upcoming marriage; as Senator Williams begins to pick up on by her constant downcast face and drawn expressions. As Claire tries to warm up her cold as ice, 'I don't care about anything or anyone else besides myself and my needs' fiancée; she is met with avid rejection. So too is John making no further strides and discovering what he thinks to be his friend betraying him by continuing to see his '#5 Clinger' behind his back, heads over to Jeremy's friend Chaz's (HILARIOUS cameo by Will Farrell) house for some inspiration.
But when Jeremy finally seeks out John, after weeks of John's calculated avoidance of his best friend, and unveils his upcoming wedding to none other than Gloria Cleary, will John be able to pull himself out of his funk in time to save Claire from making the biggest mistake of her life and still make it to his best friend's wedding in time to play the honorable part of Jeremy's best man?
WEDDING CRASHERS is a hilariously hot and witty comedy that revels in its modern satire on pop culture, commerce, and other cultural norms. Vaughan and Wilson steal the screen as the dynamic duo John and Jeremy. From a ridiculous slew of cult rules for their even more ridiculous habit of 'wedding crashing', to their witty one-liners and faster than lightning dialogue, Vaughan and Wilson dance, banter, and Improv their way through the film in classic SNL style. Adding to the humor of the film of course, is the reliance on the suspension of disbelief and 'tension' produced in much the same manner as the classic "Meet the Parents" style.
Also adding star power to the film is the beautiful Jane Seymour who steps out her wholesome mold to play the seductive siren Kathleen Cleary. Of course her on-film husband, Christopher Walken, is absolutely brilliant with his dry humor and his infamously intimidating stature and poise which he conflates brilliantly into the character of the powerful Senator William Cleary. Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher also grace the screen with their beauty: the former playing the wholesome beauty while the latter is the driving force for much of the comedy of the film with her overt sexuality, ditsy persona, and kooky kinkiness… props to Fisher for totally nailing the part of the stereotypical dumb blonde as a perky red head.
Definitely not produced to edify the Oscar Academy, all the same WEDDING CRASHERS is a classic pop culture comedy that guarantees to satisfy the palates of mass audiences. With one award under its belt, the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie, WEDDING CRASHERS is a hilarious comedy of sex, love, lust, money, and mayhem that is flat out witty, sharp, and undeniably entertaining.
Owen Wilson plays John Beckwith, the lovesick bachelor tired of his 'wedding crashing' snafus.
Vince Vaughan plays Jeremy Grey, a man who revels in his bachelor status and anxiously awaits the onslaught of the promising wedding season.
Christopher Walken plays Treasury Secretary William, Claire and Gloria's ambivalent father who earnestly takes in John and Jeremy in hopes they treat his daughter's properly.
Jane Seymour plays Kathleen Cleary, Secretary William's unfaithful 'hot' wife.
Rachel McAdams plays Claire Cleary, William's middle daughter that catches the eye of John much to the aggravation of her boyfriend, Zack.
Isla Fisher plays Gloria Cleary, William's over-bubbly, sexually precocious younger daughter that qualifies as a "#5 Virgin Clinger' for the narrow-minded Jeremy.
Keir O'Donnell plays Todd Cleary, William's morose gay son who takes a fancy to Jeremy.
Bradley Cooper plays Zack "sack" Lodge, Claire's testosterone fueled, self-centered, pugnacious boyfriend.