THE WEDDING RINGER | MOVIE REVIEW

Kevin Harter is not my thing, I get it, he is funny, just not for me. I am just not a big comedy fan unless it is old school comedy or the humour of people tripping over, having the brollies flip inside out or generally making idiots of themselves. Lucky for us all Kernel Alistair is into the comedy, loves Kevin Hart and was willing to review THE WEDDING RINGER. It is releasing this coming Thursday, 22nd January, in Australia from Sony Pictures Australia, it is rated MA15+ and runs for 101mins. Enjoy Alistair’s review……….all the best………….JK.

 

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BY ALISTAIR SHIELDS

THE WEDDING RINGER is a heartfelt comedy which relies heavily on the natural affability of main stars Kevin Hart (RIDE ALONG) and Josh Gad (FROZEN). The script is written by relatively inexperienced Jeremy Garelick (THE BREAK-UP) and Jay Lavender who try to deliver a comedy on an emotional foundation through their lovable, yet depressing, character Doug Harris, played by Josh Gad.

Doug is a social hermit introduced to us as he tries to source a best man for his upcoming wedding. His first point of a call is a friend from high-school who only remembers him from his nickname. And so Doug digs himself a hole so deep that he requires the specialist services offered by local legend Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), of Best Man Inc. The sell, Doug has to come up with seven groomsmen in two weeks (who ever needs seven groomsmen??? ridiculous). This is all to appease Doug’s ‘way-out-of-his-league’ wife and to ensure that she doesn’t see him as the loser that he is.

 

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THE WEDDING RINGER | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | JIMMY CALLAHAN (KEVIN HART) DELIVERING HIS SPEACH

 

The next two weeks are a great bonding experience for Doug and Jimmy while the scenes offered have a very formulaic, clichéd, appeal to them. Parties are thrown, hospitals visited, affairs are almost had, friends are made and things predictably go wrong. Chief among them is the lighting of Cloris Leachman on fire. To put that in perspective Cloris is an eight-time winning Primetime Emmy and Academy Award winner which is to name only a sprinkle of the accolades she has garnered over one of the longest histories in cinema. This is all the role this living legend plays. A bit insulting if I do say so myself.

The saving grace for this film was the casting of its main stars who were designed for this role. Kevin Hart is in his element, you could exchange him for Jimmy and you would barely notice the difference. He is loud, brash, fast-talking and one of the most likeable guys you will ever meet. Josh Gad is in a similar position. He has a personality that you just can’t help but enjoy and you want to be his mate. He has often played the role of the socially-inept as well which gives him plenty of practice for the character of Doug. Together the duo haul this film on their shoulders and carry it through to the end.

 

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THE WEDDING RINGER | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DOUG HARRIS (JOSH GAD)

 

The supporting cast does not support the duo all that much but that may be more to the script rather than the characters themselves. Kaley Cuoco-Sweating (Big Bang Theory), who plays Doug’s fiancé, seems to be more there to get the viewership of the insane following that the show, Big Bang Theory, has amassed since its pilot. Her role is minimal as is her expressions. The film also features talented actors Olivia Thirlby, Jorge Garcia, Josh Peck and the afore mentioned Cloris Leachman but their skills are wasted with each given minimal opportunities to shine throughout the film. You barely register the seven groomsmen who are key to the overall success of Doug’s mission. Special mention to the Aussie in the flick, Nicky Whelan, who plays the clichéd hot girl, which she portrays really well (thoroughly attractive individual).

At the end of the day THE WEDDING RINGER is a film where you know how it is going to end before it barely begins. The plot cues are obvious, as is the outcome. The script is ok but nothing outstanding, it is polished through the work of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and the characters which they play. Every now and again you will get a scene that will make you laugh but overall the film fails to engage you as the viewer. The film could have been far more but failed to utilize its talented cast and nail the script.

 

3 Pops