The Wedding Ringer

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
DIRECTED BY: Jeremy Garelick
STARRING: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
RATING: 1.5 stars

Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is marrying a woman he always thought was out of his league. Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) wants a big wedding, including several bridesmaids, but Doug does not have a friend to be a best man, let alone fill out his list of groomsmen. So, he hires Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) whose job it is to pretend to be a person's best friend on their wedding day. He enlists the help of a motley crew to be the remaining groomsmen as they try to quickly create back stories of friendship to get through the big day.

Obviously this is a silly – and quite sad – concept, but I had no idea just how bad this film was going to be. It has three likeable actors in the leading roles and yet none of them are impressive. The Wedding Ringer narrative feels like another variation of The Wedding Date (remember that film with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney?) but it is so weak and predictable, to the point that the climax is boring. Meanwhile, the jokes are mostly unoriginal, lame and mildly offensive for the more sensitive audiences. The best aspect of the film is that it only runs for about 95 minutes. Save your money and time for a more worthwhile film.