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The Wedding Ringer

Summary: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) thinks he has scooped the lottery. After years and years of being considered as a loser to all those around him he has now shown everybody by not only making it in the finance world but somehow managing to not only get the very good looking Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) to date him but now she has said yes to his wedding proposal. Yes, everything is looking up for Doug, except he goes and causes a massive amount of stress by lying about how many friends he has, when secretly he has none at all.

Now Doug’s lie is haunting him because Gretchen and her over-zealous gay wedding planner Edmundo (Ignacio Serricchio) are eagerly wanting to meet all his friends so they can be prepared to become groomsmen. As he panics to what will happen if Gretchen discovers they don’t exist Doug is forced to hire Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), the wedding ringer extraordinaire who for the right amount of money can be your best man and provide you with the wedding you need to keep your loved one happy.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st January, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jeremy Garelick

Screenwriter: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender

Cast: Karen Jin Beck (DJ Shy), Trevor Brunsink (Trevor), Patrick Carlyle (Andrew), Affion Crockett (Reggie/Drysdale), Whitney Cummings (Holly Munk), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (Gretchen Palmer), Anthony L. Fernandez (Angel), Josh Gad (Doug Harris), Jorge Garcia (Lurch/Garvey), Mimi Gianopulos (Mimi), Dan Gill (Bronstein/Dickerson), Peter Gilroy (P.J. The Waiter), Steve Greene (Chris), Kevin Hart (Jimmy Callahan/Bic), Corey Holcomb (Otis/Alzado), Ken Howard (Ed Palmer), Tray Ireland (Ray), Neal Israel (Rabbi Steinsaltz), Ashley Jones (Babs Fremont), Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones (himself), Colin Kane (Fitzgibbons/Plunkett), Cloris Leachman (Grandma Palmer), Jenifer Lewis (Doris Jenkins), Joe Namath (himself), Amy Okuda (Marci), Lindsay Pearce (Alexandra Plylow), John Riggins (himself), Alan Ritchson (Kip/Carew), Mimi Rogers (Lois Palmer), Jeffrey Ross (Hal Lane), Ignacio Serricchio (Edmundo/Dirty Eddie Sanchez),  Aaron Takahashi (Endo/Rambis), Olivia Thirlby (Alison Palmer), Robert Towers (Lou), Nicky Whelan (Nadia)

Runtime: 101 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR THE WEDDING RINGER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Kevin Hart! The name can spring fear into fans of good comedy. After all this is a man over the years who has turned out some pretty questionable film roles… yes to be honest he deserves to be included in the same sentence as Adam Sandler or Chris Rock. For that reason there is always a little bit of trepidation when you are heading into a Kevin Hart, chances are it’s going to be ordinary, but then occasionally along comes a surprise like The Wedding Ringer which actually turns out to be a pretty decent comedy… as long as you like your comedy a little out there like with films like Horrible Bosses or The Hangover franchise.

Yes there are times you are going to feel guilty laughing at The Wedding Ringer, a small part of your brain will tell you that you shouldn’t be laughing at something as juvenile as a dog becoming attached to somebody’s genitals in a Bucks’ Night prank gone wrong or that you shouldn’t be chuckling at a poor unfortunate person with a speech impediment, but the larger part of your brain will overcome that little voice and whether you want or not you are going to find yourself laughing out loud to this film… largely because the screenwriters get a lot of things right.

One of the biggest problems with comedies over the past few years has been that the main characters haven’t been likable. That certainly isn’t the case here. Doug maybe a loser, but he’s still a nice guy and he’s the kind of guy that you want to see succeed so instantly you start rooting for him, the screenplay (which was put together by director Jeremy Garelik and Jay Lavender) also sees the character of Jimmy be presented in a likable light as well. A lot of films would have had him labeled as a shyster but here he seems to embrace the job as a wedding ringer because he is making people happy. He’s funny, caring and as we see later on has a softer side so what isn’t there to like.

Sure there are some parts of this film that are extremely predictable, I mean anyone who has watched a comedy over the last decade will work out where the Gretchen’s feeling for Doug storyline is heading before the film ever gets there, but Garelick (who is a debut feature director) also manages to throw in enough side-stories and surprises to keep his audience on their toes. Having said that though, some sequences such as the football game are over long. The biggest problem for this film should have been convincing the audience that someone that looks like Gretchen would ever date a loser like Doug and even that is well and truly explained for the naysayers.

Now let’s get down to the jury decision on Mr. Hart himself. Hart is actually okay in the role of Jimmy/Bic but to be honest his delivery still needs a lot of work. At times he mumbles or speaks so fast that the audience is left scratching their heads and wondering ‘what the hell did he just say?’ Luckily Josh Gad steps up to the plate and is actually manages to take a lot of the laughs away from Hart, whether it be through an old style slapstick laugh or a well delivered line. Gad like Hart hasn’t always delivered comedy gold but here he is more than serviceable. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting doesn’t do too much away from her Big Bang Theory persona, but another television ring-in, Jorge Garcia (known to many as Hurley from Lost) steals the show with one of the funniest lines in the film (the last final line before the credits), while Ken Howard also manages to steal a laugh or two as he plays the very politically incorrect Ed.

The Wedding Ringer is very much a guilty pleasure. It is the kind of film that serious film buffs will never admit they had a chuckle to because it is expected they wouldn’t like it, when really they were laughing out loud just like the rest of the audience around them. The Wedding Ringer is outrageous but does have a touching side as well and it does more than enough to be labeled a passable comedy.

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Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s The Wedding Ringer review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)

 

IMDB Rating: The Wedding Ringer (2015) on IMDb

 

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Zambezia

Summary: Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon on the cusp of adulthood is bored and lonely living in a remote outpost with only his strict father, Tendai (Samuel L.Jackson), for company. Forbidden from venturing beyond the Katungu Boundary, his suspicions that there must be more to life are confirmed when Gogo, a kooky Stork and her co-pilot, a cute weaver called Tini, crash into his world. From them, Kai learns that downriver is a bustling bird city with exciting opportunities for a talented flier such as himself. In an angry exchange with his father, Kai discovers that Tendai has known all along about Zambezia and has been there himself! Hurt and angry at his father’s betrayal, Kai leaves Katungu and journeys downriver.

Arriving at the famed bird city – a majestic Baobab perched on the edge of Victoria Falls – Kai s amazed by the throngs of birds from all over Africa who are busy preparing for the Spring Celebrations. He soon befriends a fast-talking Nightjar called Ezee who knows how to enjoy the perks of community life and guides him through the city. Kai is bowled over when he meets Zoe (Abigail Breslin), a beautiful and feisty Black-Shouldered Kite who is the adopted daughter of Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy), Zambezia’s founder. Unfortunately for him, Kai doesn’t make a good first impression when he accidently ruins her Spring Celebration decorations. But he is thrilled when his skilful flying earns him a place on the Hurricanes, the elite defense patrol made up of the best fliers on Zambezia.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him and the rest of the Zambezians, Marabou Storks, tired of scavenging off the scraps of Zambezia have joined forces with Budzo, a vicious egg-eating Leguaan, and hatched a plan to take control of the island city. To make matters worse, Budzo captures Kai’s father and all of the weavers, including Tini. In order to save Zambezia and Tendai, Kai has to face his past and learn that no matter how fast and talented a flier he is, no bird is an island.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: South Africa

Director: Wayne Thornley

Screenwriter: Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, Andrew Silverston, Wayne Thornley

Cast: Abigail Breslin (Zoe (voice)), Corey Burton (Neville (voice)), Jim Cummings (Budzo/Marabous (voice)), Noureen DeWulf (Pavi (voice)), Tania Gunadi (Tini (voice)), Jeff Goldblum (Ajax (voice)), Richard E. Grant (Cecil (voice), Samuel L. Jackson (Tendai (voice)), Jenifer Lewis (Gogo (voice)), Jamal Mixon (Ezee (voice)), Leonard Nimoy (Sekhuru (voice)), Deep Roy (Mushana (voice)), David Shaughnessy (Morton (voice)), Jeremy Suarez (Kai (voice))

Runtime: 82 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Zambezia’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Zambezia’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zambezia′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Warm Bodies’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Zambezia (2012) on IMDb

Zambezia

Summary: Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon on the cusp of adulthood is bored and lonely living in a remote outpost with only his strict father, Tendai (Samuel L.Jackson), for company. Forbidden from venturing beyond the Katungu Boundary, his suspicions that there must be more to life are confirmed when Gogo, a kooky Stork and her co-pilot, a cute weaver called Tini, crash into his world. From them, Kai learns that downriver is a bustling bird city with exciting opportunities for a talented flier such as himself. In an angry exchange with his father, Kai discovers that Tendai has known all along about Zambezia and has been there himself! Hurt and angry at his father’s betrayal, Kai leaves Katungu and journeys downriver.

Arriving at the famed bird city – a majestic Baobab perched on the edge of Victoria Falls – Kai s amazed by the throngs of birds from all over Africa who are busy preparing for the Spring Celebrations. He soon befriends a fast-talking Nightjar called Ezee who knows how to enjoy the perks of community life and guides him through the city. Kai is bowled over when he meets Zoe (Abigail Breslin), a beautiful and feisty Black-Shouldered Kite who is the adopted daughter of Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy), Zambezia’s founder. Unfortunately for him, Kai doesn’t make a good first impression when he accidently ruins her Spring Celebration decorations. But he is thrilled when his skilful flying earns him a place on the Hurricanes, the elite defense patrol made up of the best fliers on Zambezia.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him and the rest of the Zambezians, Marabou Storks, tired of scavenging off the scraps of Zambezia have joined forces with Budzo, a vicious egg-eating Leguaan, and hatched a plan to take control of the island city. To make matters worse, Budzo captures Kai’s father and all of the weavers, including Tini. In order to save Zambezia and Tendai, Kai has to face his past and learn that no matter how fast and talented a flier he is, no bird is an island.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: South Africa

Director: Wayne Thornley

Screenwriter: Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, Andrew Silverston, Wayne Thornley

Cast: Abigail Breslin (Zoe (voice)), Corey Burton (Neville (voice)), Jim Cummings (Budzo/Marabous (voice)), Noureen DeWulf (Pavi (voice)), Tania Gunadi (Tini (voice)), Jeff Goldblum (Ajax (voice)), Richard E. Grant (Cecil (voice), Samuel L. Jackson (Tendai (voice)), Jenifer Lewis (Gogo (voice)), Jamal Mixon (Ezee (voice)), Leonard Nimoy (Sekhuru (voice)), Deep Roy (Mushana (voice)), David Shaughnessy (Morton (voice)), Jeremy Suarez (Kai (voice))

Runtime: 82 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Zambezia’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Zambezia’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zambezia′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Warm Bodies’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Zambezia (2012) on IMDb