I was sitting at home last night, perusing the guide as I do every single night. I had caught up on all my usual shows so I was just seeing what the universe would toss my way as I enjoyed my dinner. The usual suspects were on: Law and Order, House Hunters, World’s Deadliest. I then stumbled upon my most re-watchable movie of all time…Wedding Crashers.
Now before I move on with this article, I am extremely biased towards this movie. It is a top 3 movie of all time for me. I love everything about it. I watch it every single time it is on TV. There is no other movie that sucks me in more than Wedding Crashers.
As I watched last night, I started to think that this movie may be the perfect comedy. It even toes the line of being a romcom, which I also fancy myself quite the fan of. Now before you start thinking to yourself, “a perfect comedy, come on Tin. That is erroneous on all accounts!” Pull up a chair and hear me out folks.
Let’s start with the cast. Vince Vaughn was a big of a comedic star as you could get. At this time, he had been in Dodgeball, Anchorman, Old School, and would shortly go on to star in The Break-Up. Owen Wilson was no schlep himself. He had already starred in Meet the Parents, Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, and this movie only spring boarded his career to new heights. Christopher Walken needs no introduction. They cast a young, budding star in Rachel McAdams. Fresh off Mean Girls and The Notebook, Rachel McAdams was the one of the it girls in show business. Wedding Crashers was actually one of the first looks we got at Bradley Cooper. Without Wedding Crashers, who knows what comes of Cooper. Isla Fischer was fresh on the scene. Not to mention, the cameo from Will Ferrell really ties the whole room together.
Okay, so it is a star studded cast. Let’s move onto the premise. Crashing weddings is brilliant. As a 15 year old, I had never even thought of this concept but it was genius. I had just started to dabble in the whole alcohol thing so picking up chicks while drinking free booze sounded like a god damn dream. Of course, I went on to never crash a wedding but that is neither here nor there. The opening scene of them crashing weddings with shout playing in the background is what you envision every single wedding to be as a 15 year old. Shout is an all time wedding song by the way. The bunk mate told us she hates that song and I almost cancelled our wedding.
Plus the boobs, every teenage likes boobs in a movie. With these two constantly crashing weddings for chicks, you knew eventually one of them would fall for one of them. They had different back stories for each wedding, every night they walked in as a different person. Of course, Owen Wilson’s character falls in love at the most high profile wedding they attend. They are then somehow invited to the family lakehouse, a bit unrealistic seeing as though they just met these people but I digress. Christopher Walken just wants the best for his daughters. He welcomes these two jamokes with open arms. Bradley Cooper is the overbearing long time boyfriend who does too much all the time. All he cares about is everyone’s approval. Let’s not forget about the flirtatious mother. the weirdo brother, or the homophobic grandmother. This all makes for unbelievable content while at the lakehouse. From there, you all know how the storyline goes.
What makes this movie a perfect comedy in my opinion is the amount of quotable lines.
“You know how they say we only use 10 percent of our brains? I think we only use 10 percent of our hearts”
“Mom! The meat loaf! Fuck!”
“You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!”
“Rule #76: No excuses. Play like a champion!”
“What? What an idiot! What a loser! Good! Good! More for you and me”
“True love is the soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another”
“Tattoo on the lower back? Might as well be a bullseye.”
“Death, you are my bitch lover!”
“The painting was a gift, Todd. I’m taking it with me.”
“Make me a bicycle, clown!”
“You motorboatin‘ son of a bitch.”
I could go on for days with the quotes. Another thing that makes it a great movie and not just a great comedy is the storyline. It is not just a slapstick comedy with no real point. Owen Wilson grows very fond of Rachel McAdams and wins her over despite all of his lies. It truly is beautiful folks. At the end of it all, it is also about friendship. Owen Wilson hates that Vince Vaughn goes behind his back to be with Isla Fisher. He stumbles upon Will Ferrell and starts crashing funerals. He starts reading don’t kill yourself books. He glanced at them, sorry. Vince Vaughn gets married and the best man of course shows up. Regardless of what you think of the situation, you gotta support your guy. Granted, it is a bit ridiculous he uses the ceremony as the time to try to win Rachel McAdams back. Probably would have been a better idea to wait until the reception when drinks are flowing but it is a movie after all.
As I previously said, I love this movie. It came out during the perfect time of my life. It has the perfect cast with an arguably better cast of side characters. It is a timeless comedy that will always have a very, very special place in my heart. I will leave you with a nice 10 minute video of the best scenes from the movie. Enjoy folks!