The Wedding Ringer
Released: January 16, 2015
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Review by contributor Austin Winkler
The Wedding Ringer is a comedy directed by Jeremy Garelick and stars Kevin Hart and Josh Gad. Gad plays Doug Harris, a socially awkward guy who’s about to get married. When he can’t find anyone to be the best man and groomsmen in his wedding, he hires Jimmy Callahan (Hart) who runs a business that provides best men for grooms in need.
I’m going to cut straight to the chase on this one. I was pretty disappointed with this movie. I didn’t have high hopes at all walking in, but I expected it to be a stupid comedy movie that I could genuinely laugh at. Turns out I got even less than that. The movie has no depth and no connection with the characters. I really didn’t care about a single person in this movie. The plot also has potential, but it isn’t handled well at all. Overall the story is very bland and lacks substance.
The movie isn’t all bad though. Josh Gad and Kevin Hart are an excellent comedy duo. They aren’t Seth Rogen and James Franco or Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, but they do their jobs respectively. The story, while lacking in depth, does send a good message about being with the people you love, and there are even a couple scenes that had me laughing. But nothing about this movie made me want to watch it again and there wasn’t a single moment that stuck to me. In fact, I vaguely remember seeing it because it’s just that forgettable.
Before I move on, I want to make one thing clear. Before you say anything like “Oh, it’s a stupid comedy, you can’t look too hard into it,” know that I absolutely love comedy movies. Yes, I love a movie to be thought provoking, emotional and deep, but I also love movies that are genuinely fun like Pineapple Express or Guardians of the Galaxy. I am not bashing this movie because I want to be that guy who hates on everything mainstream. I am simply voicing my honest opinion on the film.
Bottom line, I didn’t hate The Wedding Ringer, but there are plenty of other movies out there that are significantly better. The acting from the two leads are good and the movie screams potential, but the end result is squandered. I personally wouldn’t want to see this movie again, but if you want to see it, I would suggest waiting for it to be available to rent or see it at a matinee viewing.
2 out of 5
-The movie is rated R for crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic nudity
-The script is riddled with bad language
-Some sexual dialogue, but there are no sex scenes.
-A scene showing a party with people drinking. There are also very brief shots of topless women.
-A scene showing a dog biting a man’s penis. We see it happening, but it’s one of those “blink-and-it’s-gone” moments.
-Some violence, but most of it is comical.
-A couple scenes where characters smoke marijuana.
-Definitely do not take young children to see this movie.
1 out of 5