Director: Jeremy Garelick
Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
Doug Harris (Gad) is an unpopular, business minded nice guy who’s about to get married to a beautiful woman (Cuoco) whom he still can’t believe actually loves him, the only problem is that Doug doesn’t have many friends, in fact not a single one, a fact that is about to become a huge issue now that he has less than two weeks until the wedding and no best man or groomsmen, simply a list of made up names created in desperation. Fortunately for Doug, he finds out about a man named Jimmy (Hart), a supposed wedding ringer who will be your best man for a price. After meeting with Jimmy, he and Doug attempt to gather a group of misfits to act as the groomsmen and somehow try and pull off the whole thing with nearly no time and continuing obstacles being thrown into their path. Yet along the way Doug begins to realize that guy friends such as these, albeit fake ones, are the one thing truly missing in his life and soon begins to question some of his life decisions.
Jeremy Garelick directed and co-wrote (along with Jay Lavender) ‘The Wedding Ringer’ and Garelick does a more than capable job at the helm (especially considering that the film marks his feature directorial debut) guiding this hilarious, fun and often emotional ride with nearly perfect pacing. The majority of the cast delivers admirably as well, with Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman and more all delivering pretty solid and funny performances throughout in each of their respective roles.
‘The Wedding Ringer’ is a hilarious and fun little movie and while I had heard pretty decent things regarding it prior to watching, I was still pleasantly surprised with just how funny and enjoyable it actually is. The story may not be anything new or fresh, following a pretty standard and predictable formula in most ways, although the comedy and the chemistry between the characters shines through (Gad and Hart are surprisingly great together in an awkwardly perfect way) above any of that and the result is a pretty great time. For those simply looking for a funny and just altogether enjoyable movie to relax to one night, I would recommend giving ‘The Wedding Ringer’ a shot.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Wedding Ringer’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole, delivering a rich and sharp presentation throughout with perfectly balanced colors and detail. Even the scenes with a plethora of activity occurring on screen remain perfectly balanced and never suffer from any video noise, pixilation or other issues small or large. Overall, this is another top notch high definition video presentation from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that should not disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack that sounds pretty great and is also surprisingly active for a comedy. This lossless multichannel soundtrack delivers a clean, sharp and discrete presentation from start to end, utilizing the surround channels quite frequently to surround the viewer with everything from bowling pins crashing behind and plenty of crowd activity to more subtle natural auditory elements, while also never resulting in any dialogue that may be occurring simultaneously to become inaudible or negatively affected in any way. Overall, just as with the video presentation, this 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers in every possible way and also contributes nicely to the overall fun of the movie.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Wedding Ringer’ includes a number of fun bonus goodies. Included on the Blu-Ray release is ‘Select Scene Commentary with Director Jeremy Garelick and Actor Josh Gad’, along with a number of hilarious ‘Deleted Scenes’ (approximately 22 minutes worth in total), ‘Outtakes’ (14 minutes) and a ‘Line-O-Rama’ (14 minutes). Also included is the Music Video for ‘Can You Do This’ by Aloe Blacc, and lastly a Behind the Scenes Featurette titled ‘Going to the Chapel of Love’ which runs just over 6 minutes in length and includes comments and interviews with Josh Gad and others. It should also be noted that all of the bonus content aside from the ‘Select Scene Commentary’ and the ‘Going to the Chapel of Love’ Featurette are Blu-Ray exclusives.