“The Wedding Ringer” Film Review

Next to Fifty Shades of Grey, I can honestly say that The Wedding Ringer is the second worst film that I have seen from 2015.

The film stars two comedians, Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, but features close to zero laughs, poor acting and a terribly written screenplay.  The only good thing going for it is Olivia Thirlby and decent production quality.

Doug Harris (Gad) is about to get married to the beautiful Gretchen Palmer (played by Kaley Cuoco).  He is so excited to marry her because he thinks she is that type of girl who would never give someone like Doug a second look, but to his surprise, she said yes to the marriage.  There’s just one problem: he doesn’t have a best man or any groomsmen.

To try and fix the problem, Doug tries calling very distant high school friends, etc., desperately pleading them to help him out, but no luck.  However, thanks to a tip from their wedding planner, Edmundo (played by Ignacio Serrichio), Doug hires a man who specializes in wedding friend services for people with no friends.

Enter Jimmy Callahan (Hart).  He has been the best man for many weddings with a very high fee.  He decides to go Doug’s wedding, even though he is going to have a challenge finding seven groomsmen in a short amount of time.  However, he manages to pull some interesting characters together and the group starts “making memories” to make it look like Doug really has some good friends.

Meanwhile, Doug’s fiancé and her family start to meet Jimmy, who now goes by the fake name, Bic Mitchum.  Bic is supposed to be a priest from North Dakota, who also served in the military.  But the family, especially Gretchen’s sister Alison (Thirlby) start to have their suspicions about Bic and Doug’s new friends.    As the wedding planning and festivities go on, Doug and Bic try to keep together until the big day.

Josh Gad is not that funny of an actor, and I can honestly say I prefer him as an animated snowman in Frozen.  He tries to be too much like a Jonah Hill or Seth Rogen, but I don’t think he will ever have that type of skill.  Adding in Kevin Hart, who is isn’t that terrible, I still think this part was too much like Will Smith’s Hitch character (a much better film). Then we finish it off with The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, and we get a very bland female performance that earned her a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress (shared with Alivin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip).  Stick to TV, Cuoco.  Like I said before, the only interesting actress is the very underused Olivia Thirlby.

Jeremy Garelick, who directed and co-wrote this film with Jay Lavender (both known for the Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn dramedy The Break-Up) haven’t improved from the 2006 flop.  In fact, they have gotten worst.  The film opens with a terrible scene, followed by fist-pumping popular pop song to really make people feel like this is going to be a great film.  However, then you add in some twists that don’t work and D-rated humor, for a poorly structured comedy.

Conclusion:

The Wedding Ringer could have been saved with a better storyline and group of actors.  This Hitch-esque film is one of the worst of 2015 and may have worked better as a weeknight sitcom.  Rated R.

1 and half diamonds

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