The Wed­ding Ringer [ Home]

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dra­matic and con­sid­ered com­edy with enough prat­falls, junk jokes and set­ting the el­derly on fire to ap­peal to most au­di­ence types. None of the gags are ex­tra­or­di­nary but they get the job done. Still there are con­trivances aplenty for a film which pre­sum­ably had more than a decade for rewrites. For a start, there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing be­liev­able about the sup­pos­edly happy cou­ple about to get mar­ried and no at­tempt made to put au­di­ences at ease. It also suf­fers from never es­tab­lish­ing any kind of an­tag­o­nist, mak­ing the pay­off feel a bit weak. The Wed­ding Ringer does serve up laughs though, and that in­stantly makes it bet­ter than many re­cent come­dies. It’s also nice to see a stu­dio re­lease that’s happy to go out with an R- rat­ing but doesn’t re­volve too much around bod­ily fluid hu­mour. If noth­ing else, it makes me look for­ward to see­ing Gad and Hart work to­gether again in the fu­ture.

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