Wedding Crashers Review
“Life's a Party. Crash It.”
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are a couple of Washington DC lawyers by working day and womanising wedding crashers by weekend. It is wedding season and these two rouges have the act of crashing weddings and befriending (as well as bedding) the single ladies there down to a fine art and plan each 'mission' with military like precision. They get all the background information on the marrying couple, their families and friends and use this info to blend in as long lost cousins or nephews or what have you.
It is nearing the end of the season and John has become somewhat disillusioned with the shallowness of their capers and is glad to see the back of them but Jeremy has his eyes on just one more wedding. But this is not just any wedding, but the marriage of US Senator William Cleary's (Christopher Walken) daughter. This promises to be THE wedding of the year with literally hundreds of single, wealthy and beautiful women there. John finally agrees to go and once there, they meet two of Senator Cleary's other daughters; Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Gloria (Isla Fisher) John falls immediately for Claire and is determined to get closer even though she is engaged to marry her slimy, obnoxious 'Ivy League' boyfriend Zack "Sack" Lodge (Alias's Bradley Cooper) and Jeremy does indeed get closer to Gloria but then discovers she was a virgin and he was her 'first'. Not only that, but she is a crazy, spoilt brat who always gets what she wants and what she wants is Jeremy to be her man....permanently!
John manages to get an invite back to the Senator's estate for a weekend of fun and games which will also give him more time to seduce Claire, much to the disapproval of Jeremy who wants to get as far from Gloria as possible. Suffice to say, they end up going and this is where the movie changes tempo and settles into the main plot, John falling in love with Claire and Jeremy trying to avoid Gloria's insatiable appetite for sex.
Wedding Crashers is really very good indeed once the initial scene is set. The opening fifteen minutes dives straight into the deep end and moves with such frenetic speed that you feel like you are missing the train (and most of the plot) just trying to keep up. But once past this, the movie settles into its groove and offers many, many laughs. John's sensitivity plays against Jeremy's gutter-mouth offensiveness perfectly and the partnering of Wilson and Vaughn works very well indeed. The movie reminded me considerably of Meet the Parents / Meet the Fockers in both the 'feel' of the film and also in several stand out scenes (the football game especially) which was no bad thing in my book.
Supporting roles of note include Jane Seymour as the Senator's sex starved, drunken wife Kathleen and Bradley Cooper as Sack who plays his part so well that you really want to ring his cocky little neck every time he comes into shot. Christopher Walken gives a relatively subdued performance as the Senator, keeping his trademark madness down to a few select stares but it works and his performance is no less effective for it. This DVD contains both the theatrical version and this 'Uncorked' extended version. The difference is marginal but for a few more breasts and a few slightly extended scenes but still, the 'Uncorked' version is more satisfying. Wedding Crashers is a funny movie; it did well to avoid an eighteen certificate what with its unrelenting bad language and nudity, but if you are not easily offended and enjoy some (not too) bad taste laughs then this is perfect fodder for a Saturday night in with friends.