‘The Wedding Ringer’ is a hilarious stereotypical comedy


John Flanegin

First things first, if you want to enjoy director Jeremy Gerelick’s The Wedding Ringer, you need to go into theaters with very low expectations (Trust me; it’ll provide for the best results.).  The moronic plot possesses stereotypes left and right and throws expletives around like they’re having a buy-one-get-one sale, probably explaining the R rating. However, if you turn your brain off, the movie will leave you chuckling and crying tears of laughter from its quirky remarks and outlandish style.
The story follows the oddly familiar, “I have no idea what I’m doing” husband to be, Doug, who is played by Josh Gad as he attempts to find a Best Man and group of groomsmen 10 days before his wedding to fiancée, Gretchen, starring The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. When Doug, an “overweight loser,” realizes he is in dire straights, he turns to the smooth talking Best Man for hire Jimmy Callahan, played by comic Kevin Hart.
Callahan goes on an all-out mission to aid Doug in having the best wedding possible, calling upon a diverse group of ragtag nobodies to reprise roles as groomsmen as well as Doug’s best friends.Throughout the entirety of the film, the gang goes on idiotic adventures as well as struggles with keeping their true identities a secret, almost leaving the covert mission in shambles on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, these blunders force Doug to continue feeding his bride to be with lie after lie.
The movie has multiple scenes that are full of fast-paced action and tons of hilarity ranging from a brunch that leaves a grandmother with second degree burns to a bachelor party that gets a little out of hand.
Over the course of their time together Doug begins to befriend each and every one of his groomsmen, but is sadly reminded by Jimmy that these friendships are strictly business and once the wedding is over they will all move on. Gad and Hart compliment each other well in the film and there seems to be a true sense of chemistry between the actors, adding a welcomed sense of realism to the movie.
One thing I particularly enjoyed about the movie is that it never lets the viewer catch their breath, with Hart’s patented energy throwing joke after joke to the audience, leaving my particular theater in constant laughter. The film also accomplishes in delving deeper than just comedy and touches on friendship and true love towards the ending.
All in all, The Wedding Ringer is truly a droll comedy that’s sole purpose is laughs, which it accomplishes exceedingly well, and will surely merit more than just a few chuckles. Ultimately, the movie hit on way too many stereotypes that made it predictable and hard to enjoy the underlying meaning, making it hard to take seriously, which luckily you won’t have to.