Wedding Crashers

2005

Wedding Crashers

Critics Consensus

Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Owen Wilson
as John Beckwith
Vince Vaughn
as Jeremy Grey
Rachel McAdams
as Claire Cleary
Christopher Walken
as William Cleary
Jane Seymour
as Kathleen Cleary
Bradley Cooper
as Zack Lodge
Keir O'Donnell
as Todd Cleary
Will Ferrell
as Chazz Reinhold
Henry Gibson
as Father O'Neil
Dwight Yoakam
as Mr. Kroeger
Rebecca De Mornay
as Mrs. Kroeger
Ellen Albertini Dow
as Grandma Mary Cleary
John McCain
as Himself
Ron Canada
as Randolph
Jenny Alden
as Christina Cleary
Jennifer Alden
as Christina Cleary
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Critic Reviews for Wedding Crashers

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (46)

  • Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are enormously funny.

    Apr 10, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Sharply honed, if often raunchy.

    May 21, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It's good, but it's no Anchorman.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Sadly, in spite of its cast and seemingly can't-miss premise, Wedding Crashers is at its best a succession of mild chuckles.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
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  • It's an easy, breezy, lanky Hollywood rom-com with a brain, for most of its running time.

    Aug 13, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Outrageous set-ups and saucy dialogue keep the party going and, while it staggers erratically to its conclusion, Wedding Crashers always has its heart in the right place.

    Jul 28, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wedding Crashers

  • May 25, 2013
    One of the least funny things my brain has had to suffer through.
    Kevin C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2013
    Amusing, but nothing special.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] For a generic hollywood comedy, Wedding Crashers is actually a cut above most films of it's kind. However mentioning that isn't really saying much. What makes it work is the chemistry of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. but if the appropriate casting of these talented comedians never took place I feel strongly that it would have been a totally un-funny, hugely misfired disaster. But there's just something about watching those two mess about, go wild and argue with eachother over the little things in life that really makes you want to laugh out loud. But that alone can't really save the film in it's entirety. The script of this film is dissapointingly average and terribly overlong. It's not a very well structured comedy and sometimes feel's very improvised. It's easy to admire it, all in due to the fact it has plenty of comedic ambitions. There's a hugely successful attempt at being a classy, high end, sophisticated comedy and it perfectly balances raunch with sweetness which is very hard to do, but it's plot is a mess and it's overlong and you leave feeling you haven't come to know the two great lead's characters. It doesn't help that it's pretty forgettable and completely empty. But ultimately it's the fact that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are in the movie itself that thankfully saves it, and it's quite enjoyable while it lasts. Which is a while. It's very unevenly crafted, but it's still reasonably and strangely satisfying fun.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2012
    *** out of **** John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are a pair of peculiar male specimens. They work as divorce mediators in Washington, D.C. pretty much year-round; that is, until what they call "wedding season" kicks in. It is then they spool through the local papers so that they may pick and choose which weddings they intend to "crash". And not "crash" in the sense that they cause a ruckus. Every time they assume the position of a distant relative or family friend (their roles are usually purposely bizarre) and every time it works. Their incentive is to pick up women at the weddings and then go to bed with them on the same night. There's a great montage in the beginning of the film illustrating multiple weddings - one Asian, one Jewish, and even an Italian wedding - and what awaits the boys whenever they crash one of them. To them, this is the good life. One day while looking through the paper, Jeremy discovers that the daughter of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (Christopher Walken) is getting married, and that the wedding will be one of abundant food, women, and perhaps even gifts for those who attend. They pose as "Uncle Ned's kids", a gag which creates an absolutely hysterical scene on its own early into the reception. Afterwards, the pair meets the rest of the family in attendance: daughters Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Gloria (Isla Fisher) and the Secretary's wife (Jane Seymour). John takes a particular liking to Claire and makes a successful attempt to get to know her father, while Jeremy claims Gloria, whom he learns, is a virgin after having deflowered her on the nearby beach. The family takes such a liking to the duo that they are invited to the family's seaside estate. We learn so much more about the family in this visit, which we assume is brief (only a few days at the most). For instance, the Secretary has a gay son (Keir O'Donnell) who is also a skilled artist, and there's also a potty-mouthed grandma (a gag which isn't quite as funny as it might want to be). Claire, who John is falling head over heels in love with, also happens to have a boyfriend named Sack Lodge (Bradley Cooper); a preppy douchebag as only Bradley Cooper can portray. But of course, Claire is torn between these two men in her life; all the while, John and Jeremy must try to keep their true identities and intentions a secret from the family, which has shown them much hospitality. This is the kind of movie where it starts out raunchy and remains raunchy throughout but eventually dissolves into something of a sweet romance. "Wedding Crashers" is part buddy comedy, part frat comedy, and part romantic comedy/chick flick; but it's got something for everyone. The script is far from a great one and could have produced a God-awful movie had it not been put in capable hands; but alas, it was. It works mostly on the strengths of its actors. Wilson and Vaughn are so much fun to watch on-screen together and they alone produce the kind of classic comic chemistry that gets the film recognized in the first place. Christopher Walken also possesses clever comic timing as always; his performance is reminiscent of the SNL days of Walken, when he was joyous, hilarious, and over-the-top without admitting so much. McAdams and Wilson also work as a cute although hardly memorable couple. And Will Ferrell has a truly awesome cameo as Chazz Reinhold, the man who inspired the "rules" of wedding crashing that the characters reference throughout the film as if his words are biblical. In my opinion, this is a hit-or-miss comedy that could just as easily humor you as it could offend you. For me it only did the first one; although I'm not easy to offend these days. Occasionally a joke will fall flat on its face but most of them go down easy and the film is still very quotable and funny. It's a lot of fun watching these actors express such joy in their profession and this seems to be the kind of movie where everyone involved had as good a time making it as those who are watching the film did watching it. It's far from perfect - it's often times unnecessarily crude, it's predictable, and even slightly overlong (but not too much) - and I acknowledge that much, but it's a wild ride from start to finish that slows down just in time for us to empathize with the material. And I would totally watch a sequel.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer

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