‘The Wedding Ringer’ Review

By Patrick Doss

The romantic-comedy is a genre that is often quite tricky to master. Being able to alternate between jokes and heartfelt moments isn’t exactly the easiest thing for writers and directors to do. It is especially difficult when the jokes are as raunchy as the ones in the 2015, Kevin Hart led comedy The Wedding Ringer.

    Unfortunately, the execution of the switch between comedy and romance in this film is absolutely awful. The main character, Doug, played by Josh Gad, is a man about to be married to the woman of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). However, Doug finds himself in a bit of a pickle when he realizes that his lack of friends is going to make finding a best man, and six groomsmen, difficult.

Enter Jimmy Callahan, (Kevin Hart) a man who runs a business for men who lack friends for their wedding parties. For the measly price of $50,000, Jimmy agrees to be the fictional “Bic Mitchum”, Doug’s best friend from college. What follows is over the top comedy, and absolute chaos.

Although the cast is a rather strong, with appearances from Ken Howard, Mimi Rogers, Cloris Leachman, Jorge Garcia, Josh Peck, and Joe Namath, the star studded cast cannot make up for the poor script writing. Ultimately, the comedy falls short of what it could have achieved, and leaves viewers feeling rather disappointed.

The staggering amount of ridiculousness in this film makes it a bit too much to handle at times. While there are a handful of legitimately funny scenes, the overall comedy of the film isn’t impressive in the least. Although it attempts to get sentimental at a few instances throughout the film, the fact of the matter is The Wedding Ringer stars Kevin Hart; Hart has shaped his career with edgy comedy, so if the filmmakers really wanted to present a serious tone, their choice in lead character ultimately prevented them from doing so.

Quite frankly, I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone who is looking for a great piece of cinematic art. It might be worthwhile when it is playing on television in a year, but I would certainly advise people to not waste their money on tickets. For the sake of the few jokes that were actually funny, and the fact that a Lost reference was made by Jorge Garcia, I will give this film two stars, but just barely.