WEDDING CRASHERS

1 star – Demeaning

“Wedding Crashers” is a comedy romp based upon immature and immoral behavior.  While the film has many adolescent gags that evoke humor, its overall effect is overshadowed by the pathetic behavior of two buddies, John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn).

Beckwith and Grey are a couple of young lawyers who have spent the better part of their adult lives crashing weddings in search of emotionally vulnerable woman.  Each wedding is planned like a war game, with the intent being to end the evening in bed with a bridesmaid or beautiful guest.  It makes no difference if it is a conservative Catholic wedding, a Jewish celebration, or a Japanese ceremony, these bad boys are the life of the party.

Most guests at each event assume that they are the friends of someone from the other side of the family.  Some share jokes, ask them to give toasts to the bride and groom, or coax them into singing songs with the band.  In their world, the goal in life is to have fun, pretend to be someone they are not, and to have as much sex as possible.

Moving through the “wedding season” is like anticipating baseball season.  They plan out their calendars around the most interesting weddings in the society columns.  This, of course, leads them to the ultimate prize of the “season,” crashing the Washington, DC wedding of the Secretary of the Treasury’s daughter.

The comedy sequences take a predictable course.  Beckwith and Grey each end up getting entangled with one of the Secretary’s daughters, which leads to them being invited to the Secretary’s magnificent river estate for the weekend.  Each goes through ridiculous antics to gain attention – or to lessen the attention of one of the daughters.  Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken) is a man for whom the height of his public piety is only matched by the depth of his personal impropriety.  And his wife Claire (Jane Seymour) takes little time to strip off her clothes to compete for John Beckwith’s affections.

By the end of the story, we are supposed to believe that through all of this indiscretion, Beckwith and Grey actually fall in love with their respective conquests.  While it certainly may be possible that they fall in lust with these daughters, it is beyond funny to in any way believe that the foundations of these relationships are based upon anything but rotten floorboards.

“Wedding Crashers” may be good for a few adolescent yuks, but its blatant lack of values needs a little potty training.

Discussion:                                   

  1. Making lust entertainment has become predominant in our society.  What do you believe that this reducing of sex to lust will do to our culture?  How has it impacted your life?
  2. The nature of weddings is that everyone comes to enjoy the celebration of family and friends.  Believing that everyone there is a trusted guest of our family or friends can cause us to lower our guard and be more vulnerable to the attendees.  When this beautiful experience is exploited for sexual gratification, even as film entertainment, we are all devalued.  Have you ever experienced someone taking a beautiful moment in your life and using you in the midst of it?
  3. Do you believe you are a better person for having seen this film?  Why or why not?
Posted on June 1, 2011 and filed under 1 STAR, DEMEANING.