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Wedding Crashers

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2005 1 Jan
Wedding Crashers
from Film Forum, 07/21/05

Luke Wilson, his brother Owen, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, and Jack Black—these guys seem determined to try out every possible combination of their talents. Zoolander. Old School. Starsky and Hutch. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Dodgeball. Every few months, it seems they're together again on screen. With Wedding Crashers, we get Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two immature, girl-crazy bachelors who show up at weddings uninvited and seduce vulnerable, brain-dead women. They're joined by Christopher Walken, The Notebook's Rachel McAdams, and Jane Seymour of television's Dr. Quinn.

But, in spite of these combined talents, Wedding Crashers is under heavy fire from religious press critics who finds its humor far too crass and sophomoric.

Christopher Lyon (Plugged In) says it's "an ugly, soulless, unfunny film about a couple of guys in their mid-30s who only give up mistreating women for sex when they happen to fall for a couple of gals unbalanced or dumb enough to fall for them, too. Good times."

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) considers the chemistry of Vaughn and Wilson. "Hope and Crosby they're not, but they work well together, injecting a rascally levity into a summer playing field dominated by brooding Batmen and menacing Martians. Unfortunately, director David Dobkin chooses to pander to the lowest common denominator—rather than trusting his leads' considerable comic competence (and chemistry)—mucking up what could have been a smart screwball buddy film with lewd sight gags and foul language."

But Josh Hurst (Reveal) disagrees: "Vaughn and Wilson conjure up charm and charisma like black magic, making uproarious comedy seem as easy as breathing. Their work here tops just about anything done by their peers in recent years—they make Ben Stiller and Jack Black look like a pair of amateur hacks—and their supporting cast is surprisingly strong. … And indeed, an R rating—as opposed to the more commercial PG-13—is what's needed for the subject matter presented here in this randy send-up of sexual irresponsibility, destined to be a classic."

Mainstream critics find the film funny in some places, frustrating and forgettable in others.