583. The Wedding Ringer

583-the-wedding-ringerBackground info

Title: The Wedding Ringer
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Year: 2015
Run time: 1hr 41m

“Doug Harris is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams, Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan, owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.”

Live blog

0:51 – Never really thought about what to do if you DON’T have someone to be best man.
1:27 – “I heard you died!”
3:11 – Yay for Jorge Garcia!
6:08 – How do they then explain they’re not friends anymore?
9:45 – If nothing else, this movie has a good soundtrack.
11:50 – I’m not sure I know what a groomsmen is, let alone finding seven of them.
13:46 – Happy to see iJustine getting a film gig, but… also can’t take it seriously.
17:40 – Hurley’s hair got long!
21:39 – The talking backwards thing really is an impressive party trick.
25:31 – “Is Pac-man a superhero?”
37:41 – Faking photo scenes is brilliant!
41:18 – Father of the Bride ruined his life, that’s amazing.
43:32 – NAS: nod and smile.
54:20 – He rolled out the back of the truck! Too funny.
1:01:43 – Actual Speed reference!!
1:11:52 – The mud football really isn’t working for me.
1:20:08 – Wow, there’s some shockingly bad singing in this film.
1:23:44 – Ugh, weddings are awful.
1:37:00 – That is the best reference there has ever been in Hollywood. Ever.

Conclusions

A surprising hit, this one. I thought it was going to be another of those comedies that is trying too hard and misses the mark. It wasn’t perfect, but it was funny throughout and actually did make me care about the characters, which is all you can ask for really.

The problems with it were some fast-paced conversations that were easy to miss, particularly Kevin Hart who seemed to think the faster he said his lines the funnier they were. It was also hard to get on board with the crazy wedding plans, but that may just be because we’re so anti-wedding anyway.

Overall fun, and it was good to see Kaley doing something different and Jorge Garcia doing… well, anything! And that last line… holy moly.

Rating: 5/5.

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