The Wedding Ringer (2015)
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, Ken Howard
Directed By: Jeremy Garelick
Written By: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 41 min
I’ll just get right to the point. I thought The Wedding Ringer was morally bankrupt, and about as funny as an anxiety attack.
Was I supposed to feel sorry for these people? Care about them? One, a hopeless loner ready to spend the rest of his life with the first cute blond that smiled at his wallet. The other, a con man trading fake sentiment for cash. The premise behind The Wedding Ringer is shocking. Shocking that someone thought this was a good idea for a comedy. And doubly shocking because this ‘service’ actually exists in the real world.
It gets worse. After scrapping the bottom of the morality barrel, this film resorts to sappy melodrama in an attempt to give its lead character’s depth. While simultaneously portraying 90% of its female cast as either gold-diggers, or easy party girls.
The Wedding Ringer is also incredibly predictable. Stomping loudly through one contrived scene after another. Telegraphing each and every predicament its players would face, and then acting surprised when the punchline moment arrives. Very very annoying and stupid, and very painful to watch.
Set your expectations very low for this one. The premise is bizarre and offensive, and as portrayed here, very implausible. This is gutter humor, and the film is rated R for language, crude sexual content and some drug use.
If you’re still curious about this film, a rental streamed to your laptop or tablet will do.
I can’t decide if the pool side sappy bro-talk between Jimmy (Kevin Hart) and Doug (Josh Gad), was worse than the absolutely BS melodramatic pep-talk to given to Jimmy by his assistant, Doris (Jenifer Lewis).