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The Wedding Ringer (2015)

R | | Comedy | 16 January 2015 (USA)
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Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.

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Jeremy Garelick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Hart ... Jimmy Callahan / Bic
Josh Gad ... Doug Harris
Affion Crockett ... Reggie / Drysdale
Kaley Cuoco ... Gretchen Palmer (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Jorge Garcia ... Lurch / Garvey
Dan Gill ... Bronstein / Dickerson
Corey Holcomb ... Otis / Alzado
Ken Howard ... Ed Palmer
Colin Kane Colin Kane ... Fitzgibbons / Plunkett
Cloris Leachman ... Grandma Palmer
Jenifer Lewis ... Doris Jenkins
Alan Ritchson ... Kip / Carew
Mimi Rogers ... Lois Palmer
Aaron Takahashi ... Endo / Rambis
Olivia Thirlby ... Alison Palmer
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Storyline

Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Doug needs a best man, in the worst way. Jimmy is the best friend money can buy. But sometimes when you buy a friend, there's a price to be paid... See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic nudity. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was originally set to be a starring vehicle for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. See more »

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In the plane scene, the first shot shows Nadia in Doug's lap. However, in the next shot, Doug is sitting alone, and Nadia walks over and sits in his lap. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Jimmy: I'm assuming you made up a name for me?
Doug Harris: Bic Mitchum.
Jimmy: Do I wear a cape? "Hello, ladies, what's going on? My name is Bic." "I'm Bic Mitchum and I love candy!" "Bic Mitchum can have whatever he wants!"... I like it.
[later on]
Paige: Don't you think it's a little strange that your best man's name is... Bic Mitchum?
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After the credits, there is a goofy scene starring Josh Gad and Kevin Hart See more »

Connections

References Red Dawn (2012) See more »

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Written by Kid Rock (as R.J. Ritchie), Uncle Kracker (as Matthew Shafer), Jason Krause, Busy Bee (as David Parker) and Sylvia Robinson
Performed by Kid Rock
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Groom Glitches
17 February 2015 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

Doug is a nerdy introvert who is about to get married to a beautiful girl Gretchen. However, with two weeks to go before their grand wedding, Doug still could not come up with a Best Men and six groomsmen. Enter the smooth-talking hustler Jimmy who runs a Best Man for rent business to provide what Doug so desperately needed: a best friend. The spoofy title comes from the traditional Best Man duty of bringing the wedding rings during the ceremony.

Many wedding comedies would be about the bride, like "My Best Friend's Wedding" or "Bride Wars." There have been movies about the parents, like "Father of the Bride" or "Mother of the Bride". There have been been movies about the "The Wedding Planner" or "The Wedding Singer' or even "Wedding Crashers.' More recently, there had films about members of the entourage of either gender, "The Hangover" and "Bridesmaids." As a point of distinction, "The Wedding Ringer" is an uncommon wedding comedy made from the point of view of the groom.

Josh Gad is well-cast as the shy and socially-inept groom-to-be Doug. With his chubby frame, smiling face and polite demeanor, it is not hard to rally behind him and root him on. It is not really hard to conceive how a significant number of men could face the problems as Doug, not having male friends close enough to call a best man or groomsmen. He is easy for the audience to identify with.

Kevin Hart is a natural to play the boisterous and gregarious Jimmy, who had to fit in all the tall tales that Doug told Gretchen about his imaginary "best friend" dubiously named Bic. Despite his character's filthy mouth prone to profanity, Hart still manages to be funny and engaging in a potentially annoying role.

The other actors portraying the "groomsmen" were a rowdy random bunch of the strangest types of men. They were hit and miss in their jokes, many times coming off as too cringe-worthy. Easily recognizable among them is hefty, long-haired Jorge Garcia. The very final scene is even a well- placed reference to Garcia's most famous role on the hit TV thriller series "Lost."

As the bride Gretchen, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting basically reprises her breakthrough role as a sexy but flaky girl in an unlikely relationship with a nerd on hit TV comedy series "Big Bang Theory". More positively impressive is Olivia Thirlby as Gretchen's younger sister Alison. Ms. Thirlby is very pretty and smart, making a mark despite her limited screen time.

Overall, "The Wedding Ringer," with all its derivative, shallow and raunchy humor, still manages to come across with some insightful ideas about male friendships and its intricacies. The lead pair of Josh Gad and Kevin Hart share a vibrant bromantic comic chemistry together that is a lot of fun to watch. Looking forward to watching more film projects starring these two upcoming young comedians. 6/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Tux See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,649,306, 18 January 2015

Gross USA:

$64,460,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,799,880
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2.35 : 1
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