The Wedding Ringer | Movie Review
With a thousand salad dressing choices, a frazzled wife who wants everything to be perfect and mingling with the in-laws, planning a wedding is never easy. But it’s especially hard if you happen to be Doug Harris (Josh Gad) – a lonely tax attorney with a huge problem that he desperately needs to solve by wedding day: he has no best man.
This is when he turns to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides best man services for grooms-to-be just like Josh. Jimmy is all for taking Josh as a client, until he realises that Josh not only needed a best man, but also seven groomsmen. That is, Josh needed Jimmy to pull off the first “Golden Tux” ever.
With only two weeks to the wedding, Josh and Jimmy – otherwise known to his in-laws as Bic Mitchum, his best friend and best man – get to work at fabricating stories of how they met and memorizing facts about each other. While Josh continues to struggle with the wedding preparations, Jimmy manages to put together an eccentric group of misfits as the groomsmen. Together with the newly-acquainted lifelong friends, Josh and Jimmy set off on a journey full of unexpected twists, unfortunate incidents with family members and experience friendship and brotherhood in the truest form. Jimmy undergoes his own personal struggles, battling with his oppressed feelings of loneliness and trying to maintain a professional front.
The Wedding Ringer (Rated: MC16) is one of the few wedding comedies that is written for men instead of women; I won’t be putting any spoilers here but I assure you it is a witty movie that will have you choking on your popcorn. The tight “bromance” that formed despite the stark contrast between Josh’s sheepish personality and Jimmy’s crass, sharp-tongued temperament was refreshing, giving us a reminder that there were no rules to friendship. Kevin Hart’s character, Jimmy, perfectly utilises his expertise as a stand-up comedian. I could almost go as far to say that Kevin was the heart and soul of the film.
The Wedding Ringer will be in cinemas on 29 January. Grab a couple of buddies and be prepared for a good laugh!
Text by: Arynah Aminuddin
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