Movie Reviews

The Wedding Ringer
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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 15:29
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Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a socially awkward groom-to-be who reaches out to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart). Callahan runs a successful business called Best Man, Inc. where friendless people like Doug can hire him to be their best man. Seeing as Doug has no groomsmen either, which means that Jimmy has to pull off the mother of all schemes, the Golden Tux. Of course, hilarity ensues while both Doug and Jimmy learn a thing or two about friendship along the way.

It’s an amusing premise and both Gad and Hart run with the idea like the new Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. But you’d be hard-pressed to call The Wedding Ringer a good movie. That’s mostly because director Jeremy Garelick and writer Jay Lavender seem to be opposed to the concept of pacing and are so desperately out for laughs, that they push the story all the way to the background. Basically, The Wedding Ringer is best seen as an extended sketch show. Some of those sketches are way funnier than you’d expect them to be though and ultimately redeem The Wedding Ringer.