Holy shit is this movie funny! When you go, try to either go to a showing where there’s not a lot of people, or sit near a speaker, because the audience laughter drowned out parts of the dialog in the showing I saw. The premise of the film is fairly simple, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are a couple of marriage counselors who crash weddings in order to have cheap, meaningless sex with women. The two of them are experts at it, and are able to blend into any wedding quite easily. There’s a montage of them at various weddings, showing them working their scams not only on the objects of their desire, but also them being intricately involved in the celebrations. Everything goes swimmingly until they crash the wedding of the Secretary of the Treasury (played by Christopher Walken), that’s also where the laughs kick into high gear.
The dialog in this film is outrageously funny, and that’s where most of the laughs come from. I’m not particularly a fan of Owen Wilson, and I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a film with Vince Vaughn before, but the two play off one another quite well. Each one is able to grab the lines given to them by the other and run with them. It works particularly well in one scene where the two of them are debating if they should stay with the wedding party or go. There’s also some quick shots of lots of naked boobies, so the movie has that going for it as well.
The film does have one weak spot in it, IMHO.It’s when Will Ferrell shows up. Thankfully, it’s near the end of the film, so you don’t have to suffer through him for very long. And nothing against Ferrell, but his character isn’t really necessary in the film at all. You kind of have the feeling that they stuck him in there as an insurance policy. Frankly, I would have preferred if they’d have cast someone against type in the role, that would have made the character that much funnier.
There’s a few unexpected twists in the film, which were nice, and there’s an element to the plot, which you figure will be expounded upon later, but isn’t, however, the film in some ways works better because they don’t expound upon it.
One of the best scenesIs where they’re having dinner with Walken and his family. The grandmother is a foul mouthed old gal who’s a bit homophobic, her comments about FDR’s wife are priceless. Vince Vaughn has to try and maintain his composure while Walken’s crazy daughter gives him a handjob. Owen Wilson, meanwhile, has to try to figure out how to get Walken’s other daughter away from her boyfriend.
About the only thing’s I would have liked for the film to have done differently (other than what’s in the first spoiler box) is that Walken’s character is somewhat thinly done, and he could have been fleshed out a bit better, I also think that Walken should have had a dance number. Still, a very good film, IMHO, and it had me rolling in hysterics more times than I could count.