There's a lot of serious movie talk lately with so many award shows and festival announcements and Oscar chatter about who got snubbed, which movies deserve attention and which do not that it makes this weekend the perfect time to release some dopamine by laughing. We suggest you do that by watching the hilarious new film opening today, The Wedding Ringer starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
Hart's career in comedy has been on the rise for years. Rolling Stone listed him as one of 'The 50 Funniest People Now', GQ named him one of 'The 15 Funniest People Alive' and just last month he took home People Magazine's award for Comedy Star of the Year. His co-star, Josh Gad is most recently associated with voicing Olaf in Frozen but has been a part of the comedy scene for many years, starring in the Broadway hits The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Book of Mormon which lead to numerous roles on TV and film.
Together, Hart and Gad create a dynamic comedy duo, bringing ridiculous and hilarious scenes to life like this one with the wonderful, Cloris Leachman, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Olivia Thirlby.
Filmmaker Jeremy Garelick clearly didn't set out to make his feature directorial debut a safe one. The film is loaded with guy-centric humor full of raunchy jokes and crude stereotypes that will make audiences laugh and squirm. If you like Scary Movie or Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa, you should go see The Wedding Ringer this weekend and enjoy a fun comedy in the midst of all this season's heavy, award-season drama.