Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Dobkin|
|Music by||Rolfe Kent|
|Edited by||Mark Livolsi|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Running time||119 minutes
127 minutes (Director's cut)
Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by David Dobkin. It stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Christopher Walken. Will Ferrell also has a notable cameo appearance. The film was written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher and produced through New Line Cinema.
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are divorce mediators in Washington D.C. The two friends frequently "crash" wedding parties to meet and bed women, working from a set of rules taught to them by a retired crasher, Chazz Reinhold (Will Ferrell). The duo always has cover stories for inquisitive guests and inevitably become the hit of every reception by using their charm and lies to avoid being caught. Their goals are to enjoy the free food and drinks and ultimately to charm their way into bed with women from the wedding for a one-night stand. After a sequence of successful crashes, Jeremy takes John to a wedding for the daughter of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, William Cleary (Christopher Walken). Once inside, the pair set their sights on Cleary's other daughters, Gloria (Isla Fisher) and Claire (Rachel McAdams). Jeremy ends up having sex with Gloria on a nearby beach while the reception is taking place. Gloria is possessive and quickly becomes obsessed with Jeremy. She claims to have been a virgin until the encounter, which shocks Jeremy, and he urges John to bail on the reception with him.
Meanwhile, John is attempting to court Claire, the maid of honor, but he is interrupted by her hotheaded boyfriend, Sack Lodge (Bradley Cooper), who later turns out to want to date Claire only because of William's political power and is shown to openly mock and cheat on her behind her back. Later, John convinces Jeremy to accept the family's invitation to an extended weekend party at their family compound. Once there, Jeremy, John, and other members of the family play a game of touch football, which ends with Jeremy being hurt by an over-aggressive Sack. Gloria tends to him, while trying to engage him in sexual intercourse at the same time. At dinner later that evening, Gloria gives Jeremy a hand job under the dinner table, while John spikes Sack's wine with eye-drops. Sack becomes sick, which lets John further connect with Claire, and they agree to go for a walk following dinner. John goes to his room to change his shoes, but William's wife, Kathleen (Jane Seymour), makes John fondle her surgically enhanced breasts, then rebuffs his actions, much to John's confusion. Later that night, Gloria ties up Jeremy and proceeds to rape him, saying she is being "adventurous" and is fulfilling fantasies. That same night, Gloria's gay brother, Todd (Keir O'Donnell), paints a provocative portrait of Jeremy and tries to seduce him, but is interrupted by his father. The next morning, Jeremy asks John if they can go home, but John convinces him to stay, which helps Jeremy realize that John is falling for Claire.
That afternoon, the family (minus Sack) go sailing, where John and Claire continue to bond. Following the sailing trip, the family (with Sack now joining them) go on a hunting trip, where Zack intentionally shoots in the direction of Jeremy and John which startles them and ends up with Jeremy being shot in the buttocks. After the hunting trip, John and Claire go on a bike ride through the country, and they end up at a secluded beach. Claire finally admits she isn't sure how she feels about Sack and ends up kissing John passionately. Meanwhile, Gloria is tending to Jeremy's wounds and reveals to Jeremy that she was not a virgin when they met and that she only said that because that's what she thought he would like to hear. Jeremy realizes that he may be in love with Gloria. Later that day while eating lunch, Sack announces (untruthfully) that he and Claire are engaged, leaving Claire at a loss for words. Outside, John is about to convince Claire to be with him, when they are interrupted by Jeremy being chased out of the house. Sack emerges and forces John and Jeremy to tell the truth about who they really are, as he had them privately investigated. John reluctantly reveals their true identities, and William kicks them out. While leaving, Todd wants his portrait back, but Jeremy tells him that he's keeping it as a gift; this gives Todd some relief knowing that someone took him seriously as an artist. Jeremy and Gloria briefly confess their love to each other.
John and Jeremy return to their normal lives. During that time, Jeremy is trying to keep his relationship with Gloria a secret when John comes in to talk to him. He has formulated a new way to try and reconcile with Claire by trying to be a waiter at her engagement party. Jeremy tries to convince him that his attempts to reconcile with her were unsuccessful and he needs to let it go by coming to terms with the fact that Claire doesn't want anything to do with him. While pretending to be a waiter, John is caught and brutally beaten by Sack while his friends hold him still. Once he recovers, he goes to search for Jeremy (who was supposed to have helped him), but instead finds him still at his house and having sex with Gloria. When John learns the truth, he's upset by it and it causes a rift between him and Jeremy. John crashes several more weddings alone, but behaves erratically due to his state of depression, and soon becomes nihilistic and suicidal. Meanwhile, Jeremy continues his relationship with Gloria, culminating in an accepted marriage proposal, and Claire begins to doubt her relationship with Sack. Jeremy attempts to reconcile with John, asking him to be his best man, but John refuses. John then goes to meet their mentor, Chazz Reinhold (an uncredited Will Ferrell), to reaffirm Jeremy's apparent stupidity in getting engaged. During the visit, Chazz talks him into crashing a funeral, as Chazz believes that grief is the best aphrodisiac. While there, John takes notice of a woman who is truly grieving for her husband because she loved him. He reconsiders his stance on love and marriage and rushes to Jeremy's wedding.
John joins the wedding mid-ceremony to Jeremy's delight, but soon disrupts it by attempting to speak to Claire. Claire, in tears, leaves the altar, but John quickly professes his love to her and his feelings of regret of his past behavior toward women. Sack interrupts, asking Claire to return to the altar so the wedding can be finished. Claire finally tells Zack that she can't marry him. He turns to William for help, but instead William states his full support of his daughter's decision to reject Sack, after William admits he put up with Sack because he thought Claire was happy. Clearly angry, Sack demands that Claire to return to the altar. John states that everyone is getting a good preview of what it would be like to be married to Sack (whom he refers to as Ike Turner, referencing his abuse of his ex-wife Tina). Sack loses control of himself and rushes at John, but Jeremy intervenes and knocks him out.
The film ends with Jeremy getting married to Gloria, John uniting with Claire, and the two couples driving away talking about crashing another wedding together.
- Owen Wilson as John Beckwith, one half of the wedding crasher duo; a bachelor attorney riding high on his success with Jeremy.
- Vince Vaughn as Jeremy Grey, the other half of the wedding crasher duo; an unrepentant womanizer. He remains a loyal friend to John.
- Christopher Walken as United States Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary, a big sailing fan and oblivious head of the dysfunctional but loving Cleary household; a generally affable man, but punishes anyone who insults his wife or four children.
- Rachel McAdams as Claire Cleary, middle daughter of William Cleary; sweet girl and full-time environmental activist.
- Isla Fisher as Gloria Cleary, youngest daughter of William Cleary; an emotionally unstable nymphomaniac who is obsessed with Jeremy.
- Jane Seymour as Kathleen "Kitty Kat" Cleary, the "social alcoholic" wife of Secretary Cleary; she appears to try and hit on younger men, including John and an ex-boyfriend of Claire (this last one revealed by Todd).
- Ellen Albertini Dow as "Grandma" Mary Cleary, William's mother, Kathleen's mother-in-law, and the siblings' grandmother who lives in the compound; she is kind but obscene.
- Keir O'Donnell as Todd Cleary, William and Kathleen's reclusive, hyper-sensitive son; a homosexual artist and family black sheep.
- Bradley Cooper as Sack Lodge, Claire's testosterone-fueled, preppy, and violent boyfriend who is obsessed with winning at any cost.
- Henry Gibson as Father O'Neil, the priest officiating at several weddings.
- Ron Canada as Randolph, the Clearys' Jamaican butler; he seems completely aware of Gloria's obsessive behaviors.
- Jenny Alden as Christina Cleary, the eldest daughter of William Cleary.
- Will Ferrell (uncredited) as Chazz Reinhold, the sage who passed on the wedding crashing rules to his protege Jeremy in 1993. When John actually meets him, Chazz is revealed to be a lazy man who still lives with his mother.
- Diora Baird as Vivian
- Dwight Yoakam and Rebecca De Mornay in the beginning mediation scene as Mr. and Mrs. Kroger
- Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Reinhold
- Richard Riehle (uncredited) as Funeral guest
Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain had a brief cameo appearance in the film towards the beginning, where he and Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville are seen congratulating the secretary and his wife on their daughter's wedding.
Wedding Crasher Rules
- Rule #1 - Never leave a fellow Crasher behind. Crashers take care of their own
- Rule #2 - Never use your real name.
- Rule #3 - Never confess.
- Rule #4 - No one goes home alone.
- Rule #5 - Never let a girl get between you and a fellow Crasher.
- Rule #6 - Do not sit in the corner and sulk. It draws attention in a negative way. Draw attention to yourself, but on your own terms.
- Rule #7 - Blend in by standing out.
- Rule #8 - Be the life of the party.
- Rule #9 - Whatever it takes to get in, get in.
- Rule #10 - Invitations are for pussies.
- Rule #11 - Sensitive is good.
- Rule #12 - When it stops being fun, break something.
- Rule #13 - Bridesmaids are desperate - console them.
- Rule #14 - You're a distant relative of a dead cousin.
- Rule #15 - Fight the urge to tell the truth.
- Rule #16 - Always have an up-to-date family tree.
- Rule #17 - Every female wedding guest deserves a wedding night.
- Rule #18 - You love animals and children.
- Rule #19 - Toast in the native language if you know the native language and have practiced the toast. Do not wing it.
- Rule #20 - Always have an early "appointment" the next morning.
- Rule #21 - Definitely make sure she's 18.
- Rule #22 - You have a wedding and a reception to seal the deal. Period. No overtime.
- Rule #23 - There's nothing wrong with having seconds. Provided there's enough women to go around.
- Rule #24 - If you get outted, leave calmly. Do not run.
- Rule #25 - You understand she heard that but that's not what you meant.
- Rule #26 - Of course you love her.
- Rule #27 - Don't over drink. The machinery must work in order to close.
- Rule #28 - Make sure there's an open bar.
- Rule #29 - Always be a team player. Everyone needs a little help now and again.
- Rule #30 - Know the playbook so you can call an audible.
- Rule #31 - If you call an audible, always make sure your fellow Crashers know.
- Rule #32 - Don't commit to a relative unless you're absolutely sure that they have a pulse.
- Rule #33 - Never go back to your place.
- Rule #34 - Be gone by sunrise.
- Rule #35 - Breakfast is for closers.
- Rule #36 - Your favorite movie is "The English Patient".
- Rule #37 - At the reception, one hard drink or two beers max. A drunk crasher is a sloppy crasher.
- Rule #38 - Never hit on the bride! It's a one-way ticket to the pavement.
- Rule #39 - The way to a woman's bed is through the dance floor.
- Rule #40 - Dance with old folks and the kids. The girls will think you're "sweet."
- Rule #41 - If there is a cash bar, bring your fake war medals. You'll never have to buy a drink.
- Rule #42 - Try not to break anything, unless you're not having fun.
- Rule #43 - At the service, sit in the fifth row. It's close enough to wedding party to seem like you're an invited guest. Never sit in the back. The back row just smells like crashing.
- Rule #44 - Create an air of mystery that involves some painful experience when interacting with the girl you're after. But don't talk about it.
- Rule #45 - Always remember your fake name!
- Rule #46 - The Rules of Wedding Crashing are sacred. Don't sully them by "improvising."
- Rule #47 - You forgot your invitation in your rush to get to the church.
- Rule #48 - Make sure all the single women at the wedding know you're there because you've just suffered either a terrible breakup or the death of your fiancee.
- Rule #49 - Always work into the conversation: "Yeah, I have tons of money. But how does one buy happiness?"
- Rule #50 - Be pensive! It draws out the "healer" in women.
- Rule #51 - Always pull out in time.
- Rule #52 - Tell any woman you're interested in that you'd love to stay put but you promised to help out at the homeless shelter today.
- Rule #53 - Get choked up during the service. The girls will think you're "sensitive." Bring a slice of onion or artificial tears if necessary.
- Rule #54 - Avoid virgins. They're too clingy.
- Rule #55 - If pressed, tell people you're related to Uncle John. Everyone has an Uncle John.
- Rule #56 - Don't fixate on one woman. ALWAYS have a back-up.
- Rule #57 - When seeing a rival Crasher, do not interact - merely acknowledge each other with a tug on the earlobe and gracefully move on.
- Rule #58 - The Ferrari's in the shop.
- Rule #59 - If two rival crashers pick the same girl, the crasher with the least seniority will respectfully yield.
- Rule #60 - No "chicken dancing" - no exceptions.
- Rule #61 - When crashing out of state, request permission from the local Wedding Crasher chapter.
- Rule #62 - No more than two weddings a weekend. More and your game gets sloppy.
- Rule #63 - Bring an extra umbrella when it rains. Courtesy opens more legs than charm.
- Rule #64 - Always save room for cake.
- Rule #65 - When your crash partner fails, you fail. No man is an island.
- Rule #66 - Smile! You're having the time of your life.
- Rule #67 - Mix it up a little. You can't always be the man with the haunted past.
- Rule #68 - Dance with the Bride's grandmother.
- Rule #69 - No sex on the altar. Confessionals, okay. Chair lofts, better.
- Rule #70 - Two shutouts in a row? It's time to take a week off. Ask yourself: what is it that is getting in the way of my happiness?
- Rule #71 - Research, research, research the wedding party. And when you are done researching, research some more.
- Rule #72 - Studies have shown that women have a more developed sense of smell. Breath mints - small cost, big yield.
- Rule #73 - Keep interactions with the parents of the bride to a minimum.
- Rule #74 - In case of emergency, refer to the rulebook.
- Rule #75 - Girls in hats tend to be proper and rarely give it up.
- Rule #76 - No excuses. Play like a champion.
- Rule #77 - Carry extra protection.
- Rule #78 - The unmarried female rabbi - is she fair game? Of course she is.
- Rule #79 - The tables furthest from the kitchen always get served first.
- Rule #80 - Stop, look, listen. At weddings. In life.
- Rule #81 - Occasionally bring a gift - you're getting sex without having to buy dinner, so you can afford a blender.
- Rule #82 - Always think ahead but always stay in the moment. Reconcile this paradox and you'll not only get the girl, you might also get peace of mind.
- Rule #83 - Don't let the ring bearer bum your smokes. His parents may start to ask questions.
- Rule #84 - Stay clear of the wedding planner. They may recognize you and start to wonder.
- Rule #85 - Don't use the "I have two months to live" bit - not cool, not effective.
- Rule #86 - Shoes say a lot about the man.
- Rule #87 - Always choose large weddings. More choice. Easier to blend.
- Rule #88 - You're from out of town. ALWAYS.
- Rule #89 - Know something about the place you say you are from. Texas is played out. For some reason, New Hampshire seems to work.
- Rule #90 - Of course you dream of one day having children.
- Rule #91 - Never dance to "What I Like About You." It's long past time to let that song go. Someone will request it at every wedding. Don't dance to it. No matter how...
- Rule #92 - Tell the bride's friends and family that you are family of the groom and visa-versa.
- Rule #93 - Only take one car. You never know when you'll need to make a fast escape.
- Rule #94 - Deep down, most people hate themselves. This knowledge is the key to most bedroom doors.
- Rule #95 - Try not to show off on the dance floor. This means you Jeremy.
- Rule #96 - Etiquette isn't old-fashioned. It's sexy.
- Rule #97 - Catholic weddings - the classic dilemma: painfully long ceremony - horny girls.
- Rule #98 - The newspaper Wedding Announcements are your racing form. Choose carefully.
- Rule #99 - Be judicious with cologne. Citrus tones are best.
- Rule #100 - Save the tuxes for "the big show" only.
- Rule #101 - Avoid women who were psychology majors in college.
- Rule #102 - No periwinkle colored ties, please.
- Rule #103 - The older the better, the younger the better (see Rule #21)
- Rule #104 - Be well groomed and well-mannered.
- Rule #105 - Never cockblock a fellow Crasher. Cockblocking an invited guest - okay.
- Rule #106 - Eat plentiful, digest your food. You'll need the energy later.
- Rule #107 - Know when to abandon ship if it ain't floating.
- Rule #108 - Know your swing and salsa dancing. Girls love to get twisted around.
- Rule #109 - Always carry an assortment of place cards to match any wedding design.
- Rule #110 - Make sure your magic trick and balloon animal skills are not rusty. If the kids love it, the girls will too.
- Rule #111 - Never, ever reveal your true identity.
- Rule #112 - Never walk away from a Crasher in a funny jacket.
The film was written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher and produced through New Line Cinema, with shooting taking place on location in Washington, D.C. and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Principal photography began on March 22, 2004 and the movie had a 52 day shooting schedule. The main Cleary wedding reception scene was filmed at the Inn at Perry Cabin in Saint Michaels, Maryland.
Carina Chocano of the Los Angeles Times wrote a favorable review and said "underneath the diarrhea gags, the long lens at close range of Vaughn's pants and the handcuffs, it's really just a love story about a couple of buddies who live happily ever after. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer, more charming couple". Manohla Dargis of the New York Times said "It's crude, yes, but also funny; too bad these lost boys can't stay lost. Like clockwork, the film soon mutates from a guy-oriented sex comedy into a wish-fulfillment chick flick".
British Movie magazine Empire awarded it three out of five stars and were complimentary to Vaughn and Wilson, saying "Sharing an easy chemistry and free of the usual joker/straight-guy dynamic, Wilson and Vaughn quip, riff and banter to hilarious effect. And both get their fair share of money moments, the latter’s muggings are particularly hysterical in a raunchy dinner-party sequence, The laidback stars are funny and sweet, but they’re let down by a patchy script which squanders some potentially priceless set-ups."
The film was released in North America on July 15, 2005, and became an immediate hit, grossing $33,900,720 in its first weekend, hitting #2 in the box office, behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Fairly well received by critics, the film eventually grossed over $209,255,921 domestically, narrowly outgrossing Charlie. Considering its modest budget ($40 million) and competition with heavily advertised blockbusters during the summer season, the studio did not expect the movie's astounding level of success. It grossed $75,920,820 overseas, totaling $285,176,741 worldwide.
Awards and recognition
On April 24, 2006, Wedding Crashers topped the nominations for the year's MTV Movie Awards with five including Best Movie. It won Best Movie, On-Screen Team (Vaughn and Wilson), and Breakthrough Performance (Isla Fisher). The financial and award success of the film has been credited along with The 40-Year-Old Virgin for reviving the popularity of adult-aimed R-rated comedies.
Bradley Cooper was mentioned in the August 2006 issue of GQ as one of "The Top Twelve Movie Dicks". His character from Wedding Crashers placed number two behind William Zabka's character from The Karate Kid, whom he would later play in a Saturday Night Live sketch in 2009.
The DVD was released in the U.S. on January 3, 2006, and a Blu-ray was released on December 30, 2008. It is available in an unrated version ("Uncorked Edition") and in an R-rated version (the Blu-ray has both versions on one disc). It features 8 new minutes integrated into the film and DVD-ROM bonuses. Also included are two audio commentaries (one by the stars, one by the director), four deleted scenes, two featurettes, a "Rules of Wedding Crashing" text gallery, trailers, Budweiser Wedding Crashers commercials, a track listing for the official soundtrack on 20th Century Fox Records, a music video by The Sights, and a jump-to-a-song sample feature.
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