Howdy people of the internet, time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about The Wedding Ringer. Now I wasn’t too fussed about watching this film, but since I was going out with my sister and dad yesterday I thought we needed a laugh. So now that I’ve seen the film I am ready to pass judgement.
The story for this film involves Doug Harris, a man who is about to get married to the woman of his dreams, however he does not have a best man for his wedding because he has no friends. Running out of time and options, Doug turns to the only person who can help him out; Jimmy Callahan, a man who runs a best man service for grooms who don’t have the friends necessary for the wedding event. Together Doug and Jimmy have to pull off the most incredible best man service without anyone finding out.
The plot for this film is simple, familiar and effective. Some of the story details you can see coming a mile off, if you’ve seen any comedy film that has some heart to the story (especially when it comes to the relationship between friends) then you’ll know where things are going with the main characters. Though, that didn’t bother me as this is what I’ve come to expect from this genre of film. What mattered to me the most was the humour and luckily this film is funny. This film throws all the standard jokes that you’ve come to expect from comedy films with a lot of verbal and physical humour, that being said, most of it is hilarious. From some great Doug and Jimmy moments to a car chase to a wonderfully choreographed dance sequence to an insanely rough American Football game, this film has many laugh-out-loud moments.
When it comes to the cast they were great. Kevin Hart as Jimmy Callahan/Bic Mitchum was lovely. This film was just Kevin Hart being himself and your enjoyment of this character and the film will depend on whether you’re a fan of his or not. The man is loud, crazy and super charismatic, but that’s what makes him so likeable. He’s like a little tornado of energy that constantly comes and goes, he’s swift, but you remember that he’s there. Josh Gad as Doug Harris was also great. Doug is a sweet guy, but he’s a loner and has a lot of hidden issues, but it isn’t until he meets Jimmy when he starts to come alive. This is probably the first film I’ve seen Josh Gad in and he was bloody funny and strange at the same time, and together I feel like Gad and Hart had some great chemistry, it looked like they were having a fun time while making this film. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is gorgeous and fun as Gretchen Palmer, Jenifer Lewis as Doris Jenkins was also great to watch and Olivia Thirlby was charming and quite beautiful as Allison Palmer (however it was a little distracting how she kept remind me of Chloe Bennet from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). Then there’s some of Doug and Jimmy’s crew that I need to highlight. Jorge Garcia was delightful as Lurch/Garvey, Alan Ritchson and his funny face was great as Kip/Carew, I also liked Aaron Takahashi as Endo/Rambis, Nicole Whelan as Nadia and the hilarious Ignacio Serricchio as Edmundo.
So in conclusion The Wedding Ringer, while it may not be to everyone’s tastes, is a fun little comedy with good performances and a crazy sense humour. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this film, it’s not perfect, but it is ridiculous and that’s the kind of humour I like.
So have you seen The Wedding Ringer and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀