Wedding Crashers was one of the most successful films of 2005. It grossed more than $200 million in the U.S. alone, and seemed to solidify Vince Vaughn’s position as one of the most popular comic actors today (even though Vaughn usually plays the straight man in these films). I’m not a huge fan of comedies, so I held off on watching this one until today.
I have to say that I didn’t enjoy Wedding Crashers at all. Thirty minutes into the movie, I still had no idea what the story was about because the only things we saw were Jeremy (Vaughn) and John (Owen Wilson) crashing weddings in order to pick up women. We didn’t get to the crux of the story (namely, John falling head over heels for Claire Cleary (played by Rachel McAdams), a woman that he meets at one of the weddings.
That was fine; I was willing to give the movie a bit more leeway since I like Vaughn. But Wedding Crashers just continued to drag from there and was at least thirty minutes longer than it needed to be. The scenes from the weekend at Claire’s family’s retreat were overly long, and not all of them were necessary. Then, when I felt the story should be winding down, the filmmakers chose to introduce the Chazz Reinhold character and go off on the funeral crashing tangent.
I didn’t even think the movie was that funny, to be honest. I smiled several times along the way, but there weren’t any laugh out loud moments at all and a lot of the jokes just fell flat. As a result, I can only give Wedding Crashers 2 stars out of 5. It wasn’t worth it at all!