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"There's not much else to say, other than the fact that there's a fair amount of pointless nudity.  Bonus points for that."










Wedding Crashers
The Masked Reviewer

There are a number of movies that have made good use of the following actors: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Ben Stiller.  Mixing and matching these actors has resulted in a number of funny moments on screen and off...they form a sort of a Mr. Potato Head of film casts...interchangeable pieces for hours of enjoyment!

Old School, Royal Tenenbaums, Starsky and Hutch -- these are but a few of the films that the so called "Frat Pack" have in common.  Now you can add another to the list...Wedding Crashers.  You probably knew that was coming.

This film shows a bit more of a crude edge to Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (the stars); they're portrayed as womanizers and "booty-hounds".  They use a lot of bad language, too.  But, it's funny.  Even though some of the mainstream films they've done have been geared to a more family-friendly audience,  you shouldn't go in expecting a Disney movie. 

The important thing about a comedy is it funny?  The answer is: yes!  It's not consistent, but there are plenty of good laughs.  The movie is a bit strange in that its inconsistency is almost a plus: the writing is good in some places, weak in others; the performances are hilarious in parts, pretty dull in others; one actor steals a scene, then is lifeless for a while.  Fortunately, there's enough good going on that it's entertaining more-or-less all the way through.

There's not much to say about Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson.  You either like them or you don't.  It seems as though films are written for them (how weird--would Hollywood DO that?), so they always basically seem to be themselves.  Vince Vaughn plays a Vince Vaughn character, and Owen Wilson plays an Owen Wilson character.  That's probably all they had when they greenlighted the movie.  And, it's enough.  They're both charismatic, and they have great chemistry.

The supporting actors do a fine job as well.  Chistopher Walken isn't used for maximum nuttiness, which is kind of too bad...when he cuts loose, it's always something to see.  Jane Seymour has a small role but is sexy and funny at the same time.  Quite a feat.  One prominent cameo will not be discussed here, per the Masked Reviewer's non-spoiler policy.  Several of the other actors were good (especially the artsy brother and over-the-top evil boyfriend), but the standout of the supporting cast has to be Isla Fisher who plays a CRAZY woman.  She nails it.  It's a chillingly brilliant portrayal of a psycho chick.  The low point in terms of acting was from Rachel McAdams, who plays the primary love interest.  She's ... okay.  She brings nothing to the table.  It could be the actress or it could be the writing, but probably it's both.

There's not much else to say, other than the fact that there's a fair amount of pointless nudity.  Bonus points for that.

It's a fun, funny, silly comedy.  If you hate Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson, you'll hate this movie.  On the other hand, if you like either one of them, you'll like the movie.  It's them.  That's all you need to know.  If you don't know who either of them are, but you like movies like, say, Animal House, you might want to check it out too.


Expectation from the Title: When the best in the business runs out of aluminum flux, the flame of his spirit dims and the sparks of passion cease to fly...his one mistake leads to the collapse a structural beam that sends a race car careening into a wall.  Based on a...oh wait, that's Welding Crashers.

Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):  Owen Wilson and Vince Vaugh look like such gentlemen in their tuxedoes!

The Pros: Some good writing, funny lines, and amusing performances.  Good cameo work.

The Cons: A bit uneven, not a laugh riot all the way through.  Female lead doesn't add anything.

Vince Vaugn, Owen Willson, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilsen, crazy chick name, Weding Crashers, right here.

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