The Wedding Ringer

January 16, 2015

Kevin Hart and Josh Gad in THE WEDDING RINGER.

Directed by: Jeremy Garelick

Written by: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender

Cast: Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Olivia Thirlby, Mimi Rogers, Ken Howard, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic nudity)

Running Time: 101 minutes

THE WEDDING RINGER is over-the-top, outrageous, and oh-so very funny. Josh Gad is Doug Harris, a lovable successful businessman who has no friends to ask to be his best man or groomsmen at his soon-to-be wedding. He hires the services of Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) to be his best man and to hire seven groomsman. Gad is the straight man to Kevin Hart’s hyper-kenetic Callahan, and they have real comedic chemistry (more than I would have thought). There were some really laugh-out-loud funny scenes in writer/director Jeremy Garelick’s film. Ken Howard is especially funny as the bride’s overbearing father. However, Olivia Thirlby is severely under used and there is gay wedding planner that is too stereotypical.

Grade: B

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