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“Google Crashers” must have been the high-concept pitch for “The Internship,” which reteams “Wedding Crashers” stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson for a round of markedly less ribald shenanigans, this time as two washed-up Willy Lomans trying to reinvent themselves as tech-sector whiz kids. “The Social Network” it isn’t — nor does it try to be — but this big-hearted underdog comedy from director Shawn Levy is, much like its two leads, exceedingly affable and good-natured despite being undeniably long in the tooth. Low-key pic faces its own generation-gap standoff at the summer box office, where it opens just five days ahead of the more buzzed-about hipster doomsday farce “This Is the End” — a reminder that much has changed in American screen comedy in the eight years since “Crashers” racked up a $200-million-plus domestic total.
Fittingly for a movie stuffed with ’80s pop-culture references (including Vaughn’s frequent invocations of “Flashdance »
- Scott Foundas
An all-star cast fall victim to a shallow, tasteless script in The Big Wedding, the latest in the line of lacklustre comedies to hit cinema screens this year. This one though, which was adapted from the well-received French romantic comedy Mon Frère Se Marie, heralds a new low with its arrival – one that proves that no matter how much money or A-list stars you throw into the mix, if the material isn’t up to scratch, then there’s no point in even bothering.
Divorced couple Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) are forced to play happily families when they discover that the birth mother of their adopted son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes), will be making the trip to America for his upcoming nuptials Not only does this alienate Don’s new partner Bebe (Susan Sarandon), but it also sets into motion a chain of events that ultimately forces »
- Jamie Neish
Let’s face it: “The Big Wedding” was more fun when it was fat and Greek — or loud and French, in the case of this adaptation of Gallic laffer “Mon frere se marie.” Writer-director Justin Zackham awkwardly blends feel-good pablum and raunchy sex jokes with the expected nuptial ingredients: something old (just look at that cast), something new (the groom is an adopted Colombian with three moms to manage), something borrowed (Nancy Meyers called, she wants her ideas back) and something blue (handjobs at the rehearsal dinner, etc.). It’s all catnip for the easily pleased, suggesting possible sleeper success amid louder early-summer studio fare.
Skewing older than other recent R-rated wedding comedies such as “Bridesmaids” and “Bachelorette,” “The Big Wedding” all but ignores the happy couple in favor of the “bigger” sixtysomething names in its starry ensemble: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon. As in Jean-Stephane Bron’s 2007 original, »
- Peter Debruge
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