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The work of Neil Labute can be a nasty business. Particularly in his early writings for stage or screen, Labute's fiction placed an emphasis on humans with a flare for charismatic inhumanity, highlighting the worst aspects of society and its capacity for cruelty. A younger Labute could, in fact, be so tough on audiences that his first play was received with violent booing. But much has changed since plays/films like In The Company of Men or The Shape of Things scandalized their audiences. For one, Labute has accepted the Hollywood challenge of directing other writers' visions, like in Death at a Funeral or the remake of The Wicker Man (to varying degrees of reception). But as Labute told me over the phone, he's never been one...
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Stars: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, Corey Holcomb, Ken Howard, Colin Kane, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Aaron Takahashi, Olivia Thirlby | Written by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender | Directed by Jeremy Garelick
Confession time. I’m not the biggest Kevin Hart fan. I don’t mind the actor/comedian in small doses – a supporting actor in films such as the remake of Death at a Funeral and the Scary Movie franchise, but I can’t sit through any of his stand-up shows in there entirety and the last movie hes was the “star” of, Ride Along, was – frankly – awful. However I am always willing to give Hart’s film a go – especially when they look, albeit from the trailer, as hilarious as The Wedding Ringer.
And I’m happy to report The Wedding Ringer is not only a fantastic bro-mance flick (yes, they Do exist »
- Phil Wheat
2 items from 2015
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