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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+




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.



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



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


IMDB Rating: The Wedding Ringer (2015) on IMDb


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Summary:Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21st December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: David Frankel

Screenwriter: Vanessa Taylor

Cast: Becky Ann Baker (Cora), Rogina Bedell-O’Brien (Rogina), Steve Carell (Dr. Feld), Rony Clanton (Ronnie), Lee Cunningham (Lee), Patch Darragh (Mark), Stephen Lee Davis (Steve), Daniel Flaherty (Danny), Jack Haley (Jack), Ann Harada (Ann), Marin Ireland (Molly), Tommy Lee Jones (Arnold), Paul Jude Letersky (Paul), Susan Misner (Dana), Ben Rappaport (Brad), Brett Rice (Vince), Mimi Rogers (Carol), Madeline Ruskin (Maddie), Elisabeth Shue (Karen), Jean Smart (Eileen), John Srednecki (John), Meryl Streep (Kay), Charles Techman (Charlie), Damian Young (Mike)

Runtime: 100 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Hope Springs’ Review:

There is little point two stellar actors turning up and delivering brilliant performances if they are going to be let down by a film that may indeed have heart but lacks any real creativity. That is the sad fact about new romantic comedy (for the older generation), Hope Springs.

Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor (The Amazing Mrs. Novak, TV’S Game Of Thrones) sets a pretty simple story. Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones – Men In Black 3, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Kay (Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady, TV’S Web Therapy) have been married for thirty years and now the kids are out of the house they should be having the time of their lives but they aren’t. There is no passion left in their marriage, they don’t even sleep in the same beds – each day has become a grind that Arnold doesn’t seem to mind but has Kay at wit’s end.

Annoyed with how things are going Kay decides to take action. After reading a book by relationship expert Dr. Feld (Steve Carell – Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, Crazy Stupid Love) she decides to pay the $4000 and travel to his relationship centre so she and Arnold can undertake his marriage-saving course. The only trouble is at first Arnold does want to go, and even after Kay has convinced him to take the trip he is sure there is nothing wrong with their marriage and that Dr. Feld is a shark out to make some quick money.

Director David Frankel (The Big Year, Marley & Me) really did nothing to try and save Hope Springs from becoming a tiresome watch. Taylor’s script sets a lot of the film in Dr. Feld’s office and while the dialogue is good it certainly isn’t great enough to make these scenes flow, there is almost a collective sigh from the audience every time the film goes back to the office. The sad fact is that these scenes could have been made more interesting either by Taylor doing a rewrite or Frankel being adventurous enough to change the setting.

The second major fault of the script is not giving Kay and Arnold someone to talk to other than Dr. Feld. Kay mildly opens up to Karen (Elisabeth Shue – TV’S C.S.I. & American Dad) which works well, but then after that scene Karen disappears, never to be seen again. As for Arnold well it’s left up to the audience to try and figure out what is going on inside his head.

Having said that the acting of both Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones is sensational but you do have to feel for poor Steve Carell who is completely wasted in his role. He rarely leaves his chair and despite the fact Carrel has shown in the past that he is brilliant at comedy and can hold his own with drama, here is called upon to do neither.

Hope Springs fails miserably due to the fact that it is such a tedious watch. The acting may be great but the script certainly isn’t.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Hope Springs: http://www.helium.com/items/2364180-movie-reviews-hope-springs-2012.

Rating: 2/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Hope Springs (2012) on IMDb