Back in 2005, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson introduced the masses to the concept of a scam seemingly so simple that it was brilliant in its delivery. They brought us the idea of crashing weddings, showing up to these major events with a concocted story about family connections and a couple of winning personalities. And that was enough to score free food and drink, have a total blast, and maybe leave the night with a bridesmaid on your arm. Silly? Of course, but that’s the point of these movies and they definitely won out with this one.
Now, more than a decade and a half later, the movie is getting a second life on streaming, sitting at #1 on HBO Max in the United States. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are introducing a whole new generation to the idea that you can spend the summer going to weddings for free. Go join the masses that are catching back up with Wedding Crashers.
Wedding Crashers follows a simple, though pretty male chauvinistic bent to start with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson playing a couple of Washington D.C. lawyers who spend their life planning how to, well, crash weddings. They’ve been at it for years with a specific style and game plan that make it easy for them to spend the summer partying at these functions with the promise (such as it were) of bedding one of the guests before the night is over. Are they both in a stage of arrested development? Yes, and the movie definitely makes that clear. They are far from heroes here even if the plan does have plenty of opportunities for humor.
Eventually, they bite off a bit more than they can chew with a plan to crash the wedding of the daughter of the United States Secretary of the Treasury. It’s there that they link up and start making connections with people slightly above their pay grade and definitely beyond some varying points of sanity. Vince Vaughn ends up with a woman even more wild than he and Owen Wilson begins to break one of the wedding crasher cardinal sins in getting overly attached.
Things start to unravel for the pair as they get closer with the Secretary’s family, eventually spending an ill-fated weekend with the group. Check out Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the trailer for Wedding Crashers:
In addition to Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, you can see that Wedding Crashers has a stacked cast with some of these folks still on the rise in the industry. We’ve got Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher as the two love interests, daughters of Christopher Walken’s Secretary William Cleary. And then there is their mother played by Jane Seymour. A younger Bradley Cooper plays the psychotic prepster Sack Lodge who is set to marry McAdams’ character. And we get an iconic cameo from Will Ferrell who plays Chazz Reinhold, one of the original wedding crashers, though someone still living in his mom’s basement.
From a box office perspective, Wedding Crashers was a total hit. With Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson at the height of their comedic powers, and comedies like this still able to have a box office draw, the movie earned more than $288 million worldwide on a $40 million budget. Those numbers are almost unheard of these days for this kind of movie. And it ranked well with critics as well, scoring 75% on Rotten Tomatoes with that crowd appreciating the raunchy, though at times, heartfelt comedy.
It’s hard to imagine from a tone and topic perspective, Wedding Crashers getting made today, especially around the base concept. But Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were perfect at the time for this kind of movie, leaning all the way into just how silly the idea is even though it’s weirdly believable. The two never made a follow-up, which seems crazy considering just how well this did at the box office, but there was a spiritual sequel in 2013 when they teamed up for The Internship.
But there’s a reason Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are seeing renewed life with Wedding Crashers on streaming. Sure, there behavior is a bit on the caveman side, but the movie has plenty of moments and a ton of laughs if you are in the right mood for it. There’s still time to check it ou streaming on HBO Max.
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