The Wedding Crashers

Year: 2005
Director: David Dobkin
Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughan, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Dwight Yoakam, Rebecca De Mornay
Something funny happened to Vince Vaughan. He came onto the scene with a big splash in Swingers, a cool underground film that was a big success and heralded the arrival of some well-received new talents like Jon Favreau and Doug Liman.

He faded right away almost immediately, in very two dimensional parts like in Jurassic Park: The Lost World and The Cell, and by the time he appeared as the ho-hum villain in the fairly boring John Travolta vehicle Domestic Disturbance, I'd written him off as a generic B-list support who'd shown promise but played it safe and paid the price.

But in the background, he was making friends with the new princes of Hollywood comedy – Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and their contemporaries. After his last 'boring background' role as Zoolander's straight-laced brother in Zoolanders, he started to crawl up the ladder almost by osmosis.

Dodgeball represented his arrival at the top, and with Wilson, Will Ferrell and Stiller, he forms the new Rat Pack of comedy.

In The Wedding Crashers, a film tailor made to further crystallise his and Wilson's positions, they play two lovable lads who mediate divorces and, when the season's right, crash weddings in order to down the free food and booze and shag the champagne-sozzled bridesmaids.

In true movie style, the story centres upon the one instance in their down-pat routine that brings them undone. Crashing the wedding of the Secretary of the Treasury (Walken), John (Wilson) falls for one of the unmarried daughters (McAdams), while Jeremy is terrorised by another, the psychotic clinger played by Isla Fiser.

Throw in a few recognisable faces from Jane Seymour to Rebecca De Mornay and plenty of adult humour (ie sex and swearing), and the laughs come thick and fast, even if the plot is a loose collection of paths designed to deliver the likeable leads and their distinctive shtick front and centre.

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