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Wedding Crashers (2005)

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John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... John Beckwith
Vince Vaughn ... Jeremy Grey
Christopher Walken ... Secretary Cleary
Rachel McAdams ... Claire Cleary
Isla Fisher ... Gloria Cleary
Jane Seymour ... Kathleen Cleary
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Grandma Mary Cleary
Keir O'Donnell ... Todd Cleary
Bradley Cooper ... Sack Lodge
Ron Canada ... Randolph
Henry Gibson ... Father O'Neil
Dwight Yoakam ... Mr. Kroeger
Rebecca De Mornay ... Mrs. Kroeger
David Conrad ... Trap
Jennifer Alden ... Christina Cleary (as Jenny Alden)
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Storyline

Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys' island estate, and potentially meet the loves of their lives... Written by grantss

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They're just a couple of guys who just wanna have fun. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los rompebodas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,900,720, 17 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$209,218,368, 18 December 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$285,176,741
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Seymour was called in three times to audition for the role of Kathleen Cleary. Reportedly she beat out many, many actresses in their fifties and early sixties, also auditioning for the role of Mrs. Cleary. See more »

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When Jeremy is going up the stairs (after he talks to John) he starts lightly jogging up, but then it cuts to a frontal view and we see he's walking. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Kroeger: I don't have custody of the kids.
Mrs. Kroeger: You know what?
Mr. Kroeger: I don't get custody.
Mrs. Kroeger: It is an insane pathetic joke, what I've had to go through.
Mr. Kroeger: Right now, right now, she doesn't know where the kids are, do you?
Mrs. Kroeger: Do not talk about me as a mother.
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Wilson and Vaughn: The Perfect Couple?
2 July 2005 | by jvydelingumSee all my reviews

The Frat-Pack, are surely the hardest working collective in Hollywood. Hardly a month goes by without a movie featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, or those Wilson boys Luke and Owen being released.

When Starsky and Hutch paired Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller it was good, when Dodgeball put Vince Vaughn with Ben Stiller it was better, but "Wedding Crashers" could well be the finest Frat-Pack pairing to date.

Although Wilson and Vaughn have appeared in four movies together so far, this is the first where they've both taken star billing. In "Wedding Crashers", John Beckwith (Wilson) and Jeremy Klein (Vaughn), are a pair of divorce mediators whose passion in life is sneaking into weddings to take advantage of the free food.. and of course score with girls.

They have a strict 'crashers rulebook', which dictates the etiquette of the pick-up, such as 'never use your real name'. It also suggests, by behaving raucously, loudly and generally being the life-and-soul, people will think you're so obnoxious, you can't not have been invited.

The pair eventually find themselves at odds with each other when John meets and falls for a bridesmaid at the Washington society wedding of the year.

Although "Wedding Crashers" is at times formulaic, the comic performances raise this movie above par and in lesser hands the main characters could have descended into Rom-Com cliché. The fast-talking machine-gun delivery of Vaughn is the perfect accompaniment to Wilson's laconic style. Their single-guy banter's often painfully accurate, as is the acknowledgement they're both a little too old to be acting so carelessly. There are also some great comic set-pieces too, notably the divorce meeting, the weddings montage, the cringe-worthy football game and the hunting trip.

The supporting cast are also an asset, Christopher Walken expertly walks the tightrope of being both broodingly intimidating and likable, while Rachel McAdams' 'Claire' has a charming vulnerability and an easy-to-fall-in love with quality. Former "Home and Away" pin-up Isla Fisher however, is less convincing.

I admit "Wedding Crashers" is far from perfect, at time situations seem too contrived, the nudity is laughably gratuitous, and Claire's evil fiancée Sack (Bradley Cooper) is an almost too heavy-handed device to make Wilson look good.

But if you can look past all that, and simply accept it for what it is, you're left with a very funny film. 8/10


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