The Wedding Ringer

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Crass comedy swings between gross and better than expected.

R 2015 101 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 18+

18+ Gratuitous nudity, violence, classless tasteless and FOUL

Not a family movie. Not funny. Crass and tasteless.

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age 18+

Not worth it

The Wedding Ringer was a confusing mishmash of gratuitous violence, sex and missed opportunities. The acting is decent and there are interesting and funny characters, like the groomsmen. The plot is compelling enough, a loner has to hire a best man, as is the backstory of Kevin Hart's character (Jimmy) seeking friendship, but that is lost in nonsensical action and party scenes. The relationships among the characters could have been played up giving this movie more poignancy and meaning. There was a lot of good material too: loner Jimmy and the loner groom; the Groom and his vapid mismatched bride; the groom and his spiteful father-in-law to be; Jimmy and the rag-tag group of comical groomsmen. Instead it includes thoughtless and gross sex scenes, including bestiality, and rampant partying with no point. These scenes do not serve to release tension or give a well-deserved break, as the main character is rich, but never seems to work. Hart has funny moments, but they are overshadowed by the movie's pointlessness, like when the groomsmen beat up a bunch of aged former-football players, including the bride's father. Yes, they were playing dirty, but the payback scene could have been done more cleverly, there is no satisfaction is seeing an old Joe Namath get punched in the face. This movie is inappropriate for teens and children. There is violence directed at a child at one point, there is little humor, no point, little meaning and no beauty. There is not enough humor to compensate for the loveless sex scenes or meaningless violence.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 16, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: April 28, 2015
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco
  • Director: Jeremy Garelick
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic nudity
  • Last updated: February 11, 2023

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