Starring: Owen Wilson as John Beckwith, Vince Vaughn as Jeremy Klein, Rachel McAdams as Claire Cleary, Christopher Walken as William Cleary, Isla Fisher as Gloria Cleary, Jane Seymour as Kathleen Cleary, Bradley Cooper as Zack Lodge, Keir O'Donnell as Todd Cleary, Ellen Albertini Dow as Grandma Cleary, Henry Gibson as the Priest, Ron Canada as Randolph, and Will Ferrell as Chaz Reinhold
Directed by David Dobkin
Screenplay by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher
The hottest group of actors in American film comedy today have been dubbed the "Frat Pack" by some. This hilarious group consists of Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Jack Black, and Jason Bateman. Some of the hits starring multiple members of this group are Meet the Parents, Zoolander, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Wedding Crashers is the latest, and it ranks up with Anchorman and Dodgeball among the group's best. The movie provides constant laughs while still presenting a good romantic story. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are as good as ever as two best friends whose favorite activity is showing up at weddings to meet women whose inhibitions have been lowered by the romantic atmosphere and too much champagne. Problems arise when they crash the "Kentucky Derby of weddings," the wedding of one of the daughters of Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary, played by the always wonderful Christopher Walken. Both crashers meet another of Cleary's daughters. John (Wilson), meets Claire, beautiful and smart, played by Rachel McAdams. Jeremy (Vaughn) meets Gloria, innocent and red-headed, played by newcomer Isla Fisher. However, there are two problems: Claire has a long-term boyfriend, and Gloria is out of her mind. This wedding becomes anything but conventional when John starts to fall for Claire, and John and Jeremy spend the weekend with the eccentric Cleary family, and hilarity ensues.
The cast of Wedding Crashers is stellar. There is not a bad performance in the house. Wilson and Vaughn are wonderful, and McAdams makes it easy to understand how John could fall for Claire so quickly. Walken is just Walken. Jane Seymour plays against type as Claire's whorish mother. Isla Fisher is one of the film's standouts as the unbalanced Gloria. (I read a rumor she may be in the next Batman movie, and judging by this performance, that might not be such a bad idea.) Bradley Cooper is perfectly snivelling as Zach, Claire's conniving boyfriend. Ellen Albertini Dow and Keir O'Donnell are very funny as the vulgar grandmother and bizarre brother, respectively. And, in a hilarious cameo, Will Ferrell appears as John and Jeremy's mentor.
The Frat Pack are certainly sitting atop the comedy world, and Wedding Crashers will only cement their status. I did not stop laughing throughout the entire movie, and it was the same with the rest of the audience. If you don't mind a little raunch and you want to laugh, I would enthusiastically recommend Wedding Crashers.
Overall: 4 1/2 Stars out of 5