Friday, 27 October 2006

Film: Wedding Crashers

Lowdown: How long can the funny pair of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn manage to rely on relationships established by crashing into weddings?
It's nice to see a comedy that is actually trying to say something meaningful and still manages to remain funny. Wedding Crashers has aspirations towards these noble goals, and in many respects it gets there while in others it fails.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star as a pair of divorce lawyers with an extremely cynical look at life. Obviously, they know where proper relationships can take you, so they don't want to find themselves handling their own divorce: instead, they are having a hell of a time crashing into weddings using false identities and cover stories to have rather casual relationships with the vulnerable women prey they manage to capture at those weddings.
That is, until finally - in the typical way American films lead you - Wilson falls in love with his prey. And that's where the mess starts, with the pair of casual lovers entangled in a messy romance with two of the daughters of the US government's treasurer (Christopher Walken). They can't go out, they can't tell the truth, they have to compete with others for those girls. With all of those ingredients the gun powder does not need much of a spark to deliver some funny comedy.
It is obvious that behind its comedy related aspirations, the film is also some form of criticism towards the moral decay abundant in these modern times, with people seemingly unable to form proper relationships and choosing instead to have shallow and brief ones that require no commitment but bear no risks. According to the film, this is not enough to satisfy a person, and one day or another truth will hit you in the face; either that, or you'll end up as Will Ferrell, who in a typical "guest appearance" portrays a caricature of a person stuck way too deep in the wedding crashing way of living. However funny, though, Ferrell's character fails to convince, which mirrors the entire film: it's true intentions are unclear, and you don't really know the extent or degree of the moral decay the director is hinting at. Is he only talking about relationships? It's hard for me to accept the director wouldn't aspire for more. Is he aiming higher and tries to make a social statement on the corruption that comes with capitalism and the American way of life? Maybe, but you're left to speculate about that on your own.
It's as if the film doesn't really care what you make of it. It's funny, and that's all that matters. The funny aspects of it do not tend to come directly from the film's core motifs; most of it comes from slapstick style jokes or your typical American movie type "boy fights boy over a girl", comedy style. But that said, and as I already said, the film is quite funny.
Best scene: The scene that first exposes us to the wedding crashing exploitations of the two main characters. It's a rather sweeping and funny scene, taking us from the pre-wedding preparations and up to the post bedtime action results.
Overall: 3 stars for an effective comedy that fails to reach much higher than the laughs it produces.

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