The Wedding Ringer - This Movie Really Doesn't Rock
Dir: Jeremy Garelick
Starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Jorge Garcia
Kevin Hart has arrived straight from stand up as a bona fide movie star. And whilst his movies so far have certainly played at the box office, he has yet to make an even semi-decent film. The Wedding Ringer unfortunately does not buck that trend.
It borrows from The Wedding Crashers, references The Wedding Singer and appears to lift its wedding planner directly from Martin Short in Father Of The Bride. Then halfway through explains it has actually, literally lifted its wedding planner from Father Of The Bride. Original is one thing this film isn’t.
Hart and Olaf team up in a buddy bromance based around the latter’s impending nuptials and the former’s best man for hire. It’s all very simplistic, and often remarkably unfunny, resorting to broad body-harming slapstick when nothing else seems to work. And we’re talking dick-biting dogs and grannies on fire here, so not the finer aspects of slapstick.
And then – God spare us – there is the by-the-book lessons to be learned and true friendship to be found. And trust us, as bad and almost non-existent as the funny stuff is, this more serious, heartfelt portion(s) of the movie are far worse.
Ironically, Hart displays more range here, and more likability, that in his other recent efforts. But boy is that not enough!
(And a final Lost gag from Hurley is not gonna save it.)
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