Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers

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Director: David Dobkin

Cast: David Dobkin, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken

     
 

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Two guys find out the hard way that sneaking into the wrong party can cause serious problems in this comedy. Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn) and John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) are a pair of longtime friends who work for a law firm, helping contentious couples mediate their divorces. Their job has given them a cynical attitude about marriage, and as a hobby each weekend the… See more details below

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Two guys find out the hard way that sneaking into the wrong party can cause serious problems in this comedy. Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn) and John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) are a pair of longtime friends who work for a law firm, helping contentious couples mediate their divorces. Their job has given them a cynical attitude about marriage, and as a hobby each weekend the two make a point of crashing weddings reception, where they load up on free food and booze and try their luck at seducing the bridesmaids. When William Cleary (Christopher Walken), the nation's Secretary of the Treasury and a possible candidate for the Presidency, announces his daughter is to wed, the nuptials are billed as the social event of the year, and Jeremy and John decide they must attend the reception. However, John makes the mistake of falling head over heels for Claire (Rachel McAdams), the bride's sister, while Jeremy attracts the attentions of a woman he'd prefer not to be involved with, and soon their romantic peccadilloes get them in very hot water.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
After gaining notoriety in indie films, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn have become two of the most reliable comedic talents in Hollywood, part of the "frat pack" that also includes Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and Wilson's brother, Luke. With that, Wedding Crashers is the kind of movie that sells itself with a mere mention of the title and its two stars. That it more than delivers on that comedic promise is a happy surprise, and it truly earned its box-office success. Wilson and Vaughn are John and Jeremy, respectively, two committed 30-something bachelors who spend their summer weekends lying their way into strangers’ weddings. Their goal is bedding bridesmaids, and they are very good at it. We see John and Jeremy score repeatedly at every manner of nuptials, no matter whether the principals are WASPs, Orthodox Jews, or Hindus. This first third of the movie, which climaxes (ahem) with a montage set to "Shout." the Isley Brothers' perennial reception favorite, may be the most riotously funny 40 minutes of the decade. The film takes a turn when John and Jeremy crash the wedding of U.S. Treasury Secretary William Cleary’s daughter and fall for the bride's two unwed sisters. John becomes smitten with Claire (Rachel McAdams, 2005's It Girl), who is seeing an Ivy League thug (Bradley Cooper), while Jeremy sets his sights on Gloria (Isla Fisher), who may be totally nuts. Of course, since Christopher Walken plays Secretary Cleary, this should come as no surprise -- but Walken plays it as straight as any role he has had for the past 20 years. Things get more complicated than an episode of Three's Company when John and Jeremy are invited to spend a weekend at the Clearys' summer home, where they must survive the most violent game of touch football ever played and contend with the advances of Secretary Cleary's wife (Jane Seymour) and art-damaged son (Keir O'Donnell). Uninhibited by the constraints of a PG-13 rating, Wedding Crashers plays it loose and bawdy, recalling the anarchic spirit of '70s comedies like Animal House and Caddyshack. The film loses its early edge near the end, but Wilson and Vaughn remain charming throughout, easily carrying the film over its inevitable "speak now or forever hold your peace" threshold.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Having worked with both Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in other movies, director David Dobkin clearly understood how to combine their comedic skills in Wedding Crashers. Wilson's laid-back openness meshes perfectly with Vaughn's remarkable ability to be simultaneously totally selfish and incredibly loyal. The film opens with a rather long montage that shows how the pair act at the various expensive weddings they crash, and this sequence does nothing more than reveal behavior. There is no plot at this point for the audience to be taken in by. Dobkin feels such confidence in his performers and in his material that he takes his time while never sacrificing quality funny moments. The audience understands both of these guys so well by the time the plot kicks in that Dobkin can mix big set pieces (like a family dinner with outrageous behavior happening both above and below the table) with more intimate scenes between the characters. There are storylines that dead-end, most specifically and alarmingly the casual disappearance of Jane Seymour from the film after her big scene, but the sharp editing, confident pace, solid story structure, and winning performances by the leads (as well as Isla Fisher and Rachel McAdams) made Wedding Crashers one of the most enjoyable Hollywood comedies of the 2005 summer season.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0883929335183
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson John Beckwith
Vince Vaughn Jeremy Grey
Christopher Walken William Cleary
Rachel McAdams Claire Cleary
Jane Seymour Kathleen Cleary
Isla Fisher Gloria Cleary
Bradley Cooper Sack
Will Ferrell Chazz Reinhold
Ellen Albertini Dow Grandma Mary Cleary
Ron Canada Randolph
Master Henry Gibson Father O'Neil
Keir O'Donnell Todd Cleary
John McCain Himself
Dwight Yoakam Mr. Kroeger
Rebecca de Mornay Mrs. Kroeger
Jennifer Alden Christina Cleary
David Conrad Trap
Geoff Stults Craig

Technical Credits
David Dobkin Director
Peter Abrams Producer
Lisa Beach Casting
Cale Boyter Executive Producer
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Kevin Constant Art Director
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Steve Faber Screenwriter
Bob Fisher Screenwriter
Sarah Katzman Casting
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Robert L. Levy Producer
Mark Livolsi Editor
Julio Macat Cinematographer
Andrew Panay Producer
Guy Riedel Executive Producer
Barry Robison Production Designer
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
Denise Wingate Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wedding Crashers
1. Title Credits [3:38]
2. It's Wedding Season [3:34]
3. Greatest Crash of All Time [1:16]
4. The Angles [2:21]
5. First Time [2:15]
6. Touch Football [:04]
7. Leg's Cut [:13]
8. Dinner [:04]
9. Mrs. Cleary [:16]
10. A Long Night [1:31]
11. Rule Number One [8:21]
12. Quail Hunting [1:58]
13. Bike to the Beach [:04]
14. The Announcement [:19]
15. Confession [:04]
16. Engagement Party [3:22]
17. Love Doesn't Exist [:04]
18. Chazz [:37]
19. The Best Man [:04]
20. End Credits [4:10]

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