Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re all set to get married, got the bride-to-be, the old, the new, the borrowed and the blue but there’s one small thing missing…?
The Best Man
Yah ok, so perhaps not many people find themselves in that kind of situation, but Doug Harris (Josh Gad) finds himself in exactly this kind of predicament when he is set to marry the ‘girl of his dreams’ (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)… dun dun duuuuuun…
Thankfully, Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) – ably assisted by green light to take as much money as necessary – is prepared to help Doug with his Best Man (and lack of groomsmen) problem and attempts to pull off a ‘Golden Tux’ – aka The Unicorn of the Best Man industry.
With a cast like Josh Gad and Kevin Hart, the audience would, most likely, expect to find themselves laughing out loud at frequent intervals; but alas, there are very few moments of joy. Being a fan of Kevin Hart’s stand up routines, I anticipated great things, but I found myself glaring at him during his scenes, willing for him to whip out some witty, sarcastic, or darn right funny comebacks and one-liners. Unfortunately, sheer willpower cannot rewrite the script and so, ‘will as I may’, there’s about as much chance of an unwritten scene occurring during my particular screening as myself morphing into Marty Mcfly and re-writing history so that Wales puts the first man on the moon.
Perhaps I’m being cynical, I’m sure there are many people who will enjoy the film – if ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is your particular cup of tea, try this – but I’m not one of them.
Oh, I should mention that there was one decent scene where Hart and Gad are dancing- it was well choreographed and a minuscule ray of light in an otherwise very mundane film.
The Wedding Ringer is out now