From Muriel's Wedding, The Wedding Crashers and Four Weddings and a Funeral! through to The Wedding Singer, Father of the Bride, Mamma Mia! and Bridesmaids, Hollywood has long mined pre-nuptial power struggles for their comic potential. In a similar vein, along comes Sony Pictures new flick The Wedding Ringer which is (fortunately) as funny as its trailer suggests.
[IThe Wedding Ringer's[/I] nerdy-but-wealthy Doug Harris (Josh Gad) has been too busy making a living to make a life. So when his gorgeous girlfriend Gretchen Palmer (The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) agrees to marry him, he finds himself sans best man or groomsmen and is forced to hire a bunch of strangers to stand in for him.
I don't know what to do ... I told her I had a best man lined up. Image courtesy Sony Pictures.
Stepping into the role of best man is Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc. who specialises in just such undertakings. Callahan rounds up a motley crew of misfits (including one recent parolee) to pull off the charade. It's a premise that sounds preposterous - except that the internet is agog with articles suggesting 'rent a friend' agencies (at least in Japan) are now officially 'a thing'.
Plenty of laughs are generated through the hassles and hijinks leading up to the big day, not all of them in good taste. As the farcical ceremony proceeds, it seems Harris and Callahan are about to succeed in their spectacular ruse. That is, until a sudden turn of events brings about an oddly satisfying happy ending, even if it's not the one audience members expected.
That's the strangest looking group of guys I've ever seen. Image courtesy Sony Pictures.