Dial up the Wed­ding Ringer

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

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.

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