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The Wedding Crashers

Incredibly Inappropriate Yet Incredibly Funny

I don't know about you, but when the week comes to a close all I want to do is relax and have a good laugh. Actually, I like to take any opportunity I can to laugh. Thankfully, director David Dobkin and writers Steve Faber and Bob Fisher have created a movie meant to illicit just that.

From the onset, when lawyers and childhood friends John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are mediating an ugly divorcing proceeding, the comedy is hilarious.

Their schtick is completely unoriginal but it doesn't matter because you laugh anyway. Vaughn does his typical fast-talking, mile-a-minute tongue-in-cheek bullshit thing and Wilson acts like he always does as the slightly bewildered, self-conscious, cheering boy next door. However, the idea of wedding crashing is original and these guys have the act down to a science. Who hasn't been to a wedding, looked around the room, and wondered who fifty percent of those attending were? Well, two of those guests were probably from the same tribe as these guys. There are no two men on earth that get this excited about wedding season.

They are the most charming guests at the entire reception. They dance with the flower girls, they schmoose with all the old uncles, and they compliment the mother of the bride. They also help cut the cake, do shots with the wedding party and make moving speeches. Along the way they butter up single bridesmaids and other female guests, made desperate by all the wedded bliss, vulnerable by all the emotion and disarmed by their overt displays, into bed. In short, they are human wedding favors that you can take home and then forget about the next day.

After a long season, John is sated and exhausted. However, when Jeremy hears about the upcoming nuptials of Treasury Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken)'s eldest daughter, which he dubs "The Kentucky Derby of Weddings", John has little choice but to attend. While John meets the woman of his dreams in the form of the bride's sister Claire (Rachel McAdams who is luminescent here), Jeremy meets the "stage five clinger" and psychopath, Gloria (an absolutely hilarious Isla Fisher).

They soon find themselves spending the weekend with the Clearys. Rounding out the lovely family is Todd (Keir O'Donnell) the angst-ridden goth artist brother, whose snarling hunchbacked figure causes a good chuckle every time he comes into the scene, the over-sexed boozing mother (Jane Seymour) and an overtly racist grandmother. Throw in Claire's agro megalomaniac boyfriend and you have yourself a party.

The Wedding Crashers is incredibly inappropriate yet incredibly funny. It runs along the same vein as Old School but is less raunchy. If you're looking for a laugh, then you've found it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars