Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Dobkin|
|Music by||Rolfe Kent|
|Edited by||Mark Livolsi|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|119 minutes|
|Box office||$285.2 million|
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.
Wedding Crashers was an unexpected box office smash, grossing $285 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, and is credited with helping to revive the popularity of adult-oriented, R-rated comedies.
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 (an uncredited Will Ferrell). 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. At dinner 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. William's wife, Kathleen (Jane Seymour), however attempts to seduce John.
Later that night, Gloria ties up Jeremy and proceeds to force sex upon him. 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 day, 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 Sack intentionally shoots at Jeremy and John, 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, Sack suspects that Claire may have feelings for John and announces that he and Claire are engaged, though John is convinced this is a lie.
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. Claire is betrayed by this and tells John she wants him out of her life. 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.
Jeremy continues his relationship with Gloria, unbeknownst to John. John makes unsuccessful attempts to contact Claire, despite Jeremy's pleas to move on. John asks for Jeremy's help to crash Claire and Sack's but is warned that the Secret Service will be there for security. Jeremy refuses to go along with the plan.
Disguised as a waiter, John spots Claire before he is caught by Sack. Sack and his friends brutally beat up John, threatening to kill him next time. John confronts Jeremy at his house, but stumbles upon him and Gloria having sex. John, feeling betrayed, is upset by their affair, causing a rift between the duo. 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, whilst 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 visits his former mentor, Chazz Reinhold, who convinces him to crash a funeral. While there, 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, but Claire finally tells him that she can't marry him. William states his full support of his daughter's decision to reject Sack. Immediately, William admits his own dislike for him, and believes she is happier with John. Sack tries to punch John, before 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 arrogant lothario. 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 friendly 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, manly, 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 and Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville both have a brief cameo appearance in the film towards the beginning, where both are seen congratulating the secretary and his wife on their daughter's wedding.
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.
Wedding Crashers received generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 75%, based on 182 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson." On Metacritic the film has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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.
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.
In a 2014 post on the website Quora, Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin said that he, Vaughn and Wilson once came up with an idea for a sequel in which John and Jeremy find themselves competing with a superior wedding crasher, played by Daniel Craig; but that this idea never went beyond the discussion phase.
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