#REVIEW” “THE WEDDING RINGER”
Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
First-time Director and Screenwriter Jeremy Garelick makes an ambitious debut with The Wedding Ringer – not your typical Rom-Com by any measure. The Movie centers on a boy meeting a girl, but like I Love You, Man, focuses on the Bromance. The Cast carries much of the weight here despite some thinly-written Characters, however it all works regardless.
The Wedding Ringer focuses on Doug Harris (Josh Gad) and his Fiancé Gretchen (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) as they prepare for their Wedding. While planning the seating arrangements, Gretchen asks Doug who his Groomsmen will be. Truly he draws a blank, starting to name random guys he knew in college – even improvising a few names, including a Bic Mitchem. Doug enlists the help of Best Man Inc. – which is exactly what it is – a Company headed by Jimmy (Kevin Hart) helping needy Grooms-to-be find their Groomsmen. Doug tasks Jimmy with the illusive challenge of the Golden Tuxedo: finding six Groomsmen and a Best Man. Hilarity ensues and what forms between them is an awesome friendship and a real journey of growth. One has the confidence the other lacks; one has the humility the other needs.
Josh Gad and Kevin Hart are absolutely perfect together, bouncing-off one another brilliantly. Their chemistry is reminiscent of an unusual comedic pairing of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour Franchise and we all know how well that did. And despite the Film centering on Gretchen and Doug‘s Wedding – Cuoco-Sweeting and Gad‘s lack of on-screen chemistry is glaring at times, ultimately our hearts are invested in the quirky brotherhood between Jimmy and Doug. The Wedding Ringer has enough charisma and charm to have you laughing start to finish. Just wait till you see that dance sequence…
Sony Pictures Canada release The Wedding Ringer on Friday, January 16, 2015.