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Wedding Crashers (15)



Review by: Jack Foley | Rating: Two

VINCE Vaughn and Owen Wilson will have you shrieking down the aisle in fits of laughter if you accept their invitation to join the hilarious Wedding Crashers, a deliciously shameless romp that’s designed to make you blush.

The amiable duo play Washington-based divorce mediators, Jeremy Klein and John Beckwith, who like to crash weddings in a bid to pick up fit single women for a night of guilt-free sex.

The two get more than they bargained for, however, when they attempt to cap one particularly memorable summer by crashing the wedding of one of the daughters of popular Treasury Secretary, William Cleary (Christopher Walken).

Beckwith (Wilson) falls for the charms of Cleary’s feisty daughter, Claire (Rachel McAdams), while Klein (Vaughn) seduces another of Cleary’s children, Gloria, only to find that she develops an unhealthy infatuation for him.

When the pair accept an invitation to join the Clearys for an extended family weekend at their palatial waterfront estate, the scene is set for much mayhem as Beckwith attempts to lure Claire away from her pompous, Ivy League boyfriend, Sack (Bradley Cooper), and Klein bids to free himself from the sex-obsessed Gloria.

While undoubtedly crass in places, The Wedding Crashers is such outrageous fun that audiences should be prepared to forgive the film some of its gaudier excesses.

Having previously squared up to each other in Zoolander and Starsky and Hutch, Wilson and Vaughn now get to partner each other here and slip into a near-perfect comedy short-hand – contrasting the former’s laidback charm with the latter’s rapid-fire wit and outlandish charisma.

Vaughn steals most of the film’s biggest belly-laughs as he is forced to bear the brunt of the film’s most embarrassing episodes, but Wilson provides a typically endearing presence that helps lend the film its heart – thereby ensuring that this is a comedy that appeals to both sexes.

His relationship with McAdams is similarly well played and the two seem to develop a natural chemistry that ensures the film retains its romantic edge.

Yet rather like Hitch earlier this year, the film is never allowed to become too sentimental, throwing in plenty of slapstick humour to counter-balance the gooey stuff, as well as a late cameo from another of this seemingly unstoppable comedy ‘frat-pack’.

At two hours, Wedding Crashers does feel its length at times and not every joke hits, but for those willing to divorce themselves from any inhibitions, this jovial crowd-pleaser provides enough laugh-out loud moments to ensure that you won’t want to jilt this duo at the altar.

The fratpack analysed - special feature

Vince Vaughn interview

Owen Wilson interview

Isla Fisher/David Dobkin interview

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