Dial up the Wedding Ringer
WITH the crassness of Bridesmaids, the audacity of A Few Best Men and the heart of The Wedding Singer, the Wedding Ringer, which opens today, is set to be a popular pick at the Bowen Summergarden Cinema.
A buddy movie, when the protagonist doesn’t have any buddies, Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender have penned a crowd of pleasing movies for funny men Josh Gad and Kevin Hart, who plays the wedding hustler who is anybody’s friend for a price, but nobody’s when it counts.
It’s a mix of silly, crass, wild and predictable, but one thing is for sure, Garelick’s debut feature is hare-brain funny.
With swift, broad strokes, the set up is clear: Gad (Doug Harris) is about to get married but doesn’t have a single friend he can call on to be his best man and to balance up numbers for the bridal party.
There’s a name for the required combo of seven groomsmen and best man – it’s a golden tux – a service that falls in the realm of unchartered territory for Hart’s Jimmy Callahan, whose Best Man services are seemingly in great demand.
“Follow my lead” Callahan tells Doug as he assumes the outrageous persona of a priest from the army with the unlikely name of Bic Mitchum, who recruits a disparate group of misfits and endows them with fake names, personalities and back stories to suit.
Worthy of note, as each of these desperadoes’ auditions for the job, they have to show a party trick, which may be called upon in a moment as a last resort as a desperate distraction.
These include dislocating a shoulder, revealing a third testicle and twitching man-boobs by a lisping he-man stud.
As opposites Hart and Gad work well together and the fact that Callahan goes through his own personal crisis, allows the ups and downs of the true measure of friendship to strike a chord by the end.
Of course, all hell breaks loose at the wedding – but then, you wouldn’t expect anything less.
Information for this review was sourced from IMDB.com.
Josh Gad and Kevin Hart in a scene from the movie The Wedding Ringer, which opens in Bowen today. Supplied by Sony Pictures Australia. Photo by Matt Kennedy.