The Wedding Ringer – 3 out of 5
I honestly had no real desire to see The Wedding Ringer when it was coming to theaters because it looked like a slapped together comedy that would probably, more or less, be a disappointment for me and be filled with predictable humor and a lot of gags about Josh Gad’s weight. However, when the film hit the Home Media realm, my girlfriend decided we were going to watch it because she’s a big fan of Kevin Hart. I can’t say I’m really a fan of the guy because other than knowing that he’s a comedian and an actor, I’m not the most familiar with his work. However, I do really enjoy when he’s on Modern Family and he hosted the hell out of the Justin Bieber roast so he seemed like a safe bet for the film…I was actually surprised when this film turned out better than what I thought I was going to get.Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a successful tax attorney who has the hand of a girl out of his league; Gretchen (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), and is about to get married to her but, there’s one problem, Doug doesn’t have any friends to be his best man or even fill out his roster of groomsmen. Doug learns about a man named Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) who runs a service for guys like him. The company is called Best Man, Inc. and their job is to provide services for the men in the world who lack the true friends to be their best men. However, it seems Doug’s situation might be too much for Callahan as he is to provide a Golden Tux—a service that is so large and seemingly impossible that he jokes it can’t be done. Now Jimmy must pretend to be a life-long friend of Doug, get enough people together to fill out the wedding party and throw a spectacular bachelor party for the guy…all without letting the secret slip out.
|Wait a second, I thought they only let Jeffrey Ross out of his cage to be a part|
of Comedy Central roasts.
|If Kevin Hart was a priest, I might actually go to church.|
Like I previously stated, my expectations weren’t very high for this film and I was quite surprised by how funny it was. Kevin Hart and Josh Gad have some real chemistry together on screen and really pull off some great buddy comedy scenes. Additionally, the story had a promising premise that takes the tired old concept of wedding-based shenanigans and adds a new coat of paint to it. However, the film does have a few issues that keeps this from being better than it could have been and make it a comedy that becomes one of those constantly quoted pieces.
|I'm assuming he's looking at yet another email from an angry parent who's had|
Frozen playing on an endless loop since it has come out. It wasn't your fault, Olaf.
|Joe Namath has a cameo in the film. I'm assuming it was|
because of vapor lock. (It's a Simpsons reference, kids.
Ask your parents.)
|Hey, that's the same look I had when the dick biting scene happened.|
|I don't often say this but...Josh Peck's short role is quite|
|Despite being the bride, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's part felt like background dressing.|
This same formula is seen with the fat jokes aimed at Gad. Most of the time, they’re never funny (like when his weight causes his glass desk to shatter and fatty falls down…geez,we’ve never seen that before) and it looks like something you’d see in a Kevin James film. These gags, much like the swear-based punchlines, feel like throwaway jokes that are inserted to make sure the film never dips in the momentum of throwing jokes at you. Ultimately, though, this is an extremely minor complaint and only made for a scene or two that just didn’t work with the film. They can't all be winners, folks!
|Ha ha! Look! He's so fat he broke his desk and fell on his bottom!|
Somewhere, Kevin James is taking notes for the inevitable conclusion to
the Paul Blart trilogy.
These issues aside, I had a lot of fun watching The Wedding Ringer. The film isn’t boldly trying to venture into a new realm of comedy and create something timeless—and there’s nothing wrong with that. The film has a story that is primed for fun and humor and the characters are pretty amusing. Hart and Gad are both hilarious together and apart and, despite the film going for the very obvious Hollywood happy ending, the end result is something that works and is fairly entertaining. The movie might not be the most memorable or the most worthy of repeat viewings but it’s a fairly serviceable comedy that works more than it doesn’t work.