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The 365 Best Films of the 2000s

Heroes of the Zeroes: Wedding Crashers

Heroes of the Zeroes is Nick Rogers’ daily, alphabetical look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.

“Wedding Crashers”
Rated R
2005

The hype was not to be believed on 2005’s “Wedding Crashers” about its festival of crazy, raunchy, inappropriate behavior. Extremely funny and entertaining, it also was — cue the falling fist of a pumped-up frat boy — kind of a chick flick.

Naturally, the R-rated take has teeth a PG-13 version would not. But Playboy would better serve those seeking skin. The movie was, at heart, a well-mannered, well-meaning look at the errors of two aging Lotharios’ ways.

John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are two smooth-talking divorce mediators who crash weddings to bed misty-eyed bridesmaids and guests.

At the “Kentucky Derby of weddings” involving Treasury Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken), they’re surrounded by a clan of sexual miscreants and — as John longs for the instantly likeable Claire (Rachel McAdams) — the idea of hanging it up.

Vaughn could be Trent from “Swingers” 10 years later, earning the R in nearly all of his scenes and at his comedic best. He’s matched by piled-up weirdness by Isla Fisher. And the Cleary family’s oddities surface at the right moments.

But “Crashers” remembers Claire is a real person hidden among the kooks — making questionable decisions about her life to keep the family together. It’s easy to see why John falls for he and the best possible irony that a strong female character turns up in a movie about womanizers.

Through Claire, and other approaches, “Crashers” wisely favored sophistication over shock value. How you felt about that depended on your inner child’s open-mindedness.

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9 Responses to “Heroes of the Zeroes: Wedding Crashers”

  1. Lorianne Turnley says:

    Funny, funny, funny,is all I can say about this movie.

  2. Vivica Lance says:

    Wedding Crashers was extremely funny. This is a movie that should have a sequel. Now, where is it?

  3. LaQuisha says:

    I loved this movie, it was hillarious and I like how I would what a movie like the "A-Team" and "The Hangover" with Bradley Cooper, and then watch watch "Wedding Crashers" and "Failure to Launch" and notice Bradley Cooper were in those movies as well and see how much he has accomplished. Love it!

    Thanks,

    LaQuisha

  4. Daniel Gable says:

    Still one of my all time favorites. Hilarious, but actually managed to stay reasonably on the clean side. Plus any movie with Rachel McAdams in it is good with me. She’s always been one of my celeb crushes. haha.

  5. Brandi Bullard says:

    I thought that the Wedding Crashers was one of the funniest movies Ive seen in a long time. These two lifelong, business partners set out to crash weddings. Its crazy funny how they’ve even came up with wedding crashing rules. Crashing any type of wedding, no matter what race or ethnicity they are, there they are. They blend in so easily having a plan before they go who they are and how their affiliated to the wedding. The funny part is, they are so conveincing. John and Jeremy found themselves in ahh with two brides maids of a very prestigous man’s, daughter’s wedding. John and Jeremy ended up at the families waterfront home falling deeper in love with the bridesmaids. The end up going through some major incidents created by the childish family members of the bride. Even though John attempts to change Jeremy’s mind and bend the crashing rules, I could see that he already began to bend them. They end up going through a few days of hell but fell in love.

  6. jermey says:

    wedding crashers was funny as hell hope mabe they make another one like they are doing hangover but this movie was a role that you dont see in life they went to wedding and pick up women and crashed the party but when they find love then they take them to the cabain the table got turn on them when some people foud out about what they do and it hit them like ton of rocks but over all he fines ture love well both of them and when the movie endded the contanin carshing every party they went to lol

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  8. Ryan Busch says:

    This movie was really funny, the actors do the right type of acting. All the roles were just straight out funny!

  9. Eric says:

    Got to love a true "classic." Vince and Owen were really dialed-in for this one. Wedding Crashers, The Hangover…what will be the NEXT original comedy?