The Wedding Ringer

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Crass comedy swings between gross and better than expected.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Amid the crude jokes and iffy thoughts on weddings (they're only for women, per the movie, and men are only in it to "score") is the notion that men should form strong relationships so they don't have to pay someone to be their best man -- and that marriage should be based on love and trust, not how nice the person is or how much money they have in the bank.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No overt positive role models, though Jimmy does make the enterprising decision to start a company that helps men feel better on their wedding day. And in the end, he does prove he's actually friends with Doug and encourages him to find a relationship based on love and friendship, not just appearances. Meanwhile, women are stereotyped as materialistic and shallow, while men are reduced to sex-obsessed jerks.

Violence

Physical comedy and slapstick violence, including a grandmother catching on fire and falling over, a rough and aggressive groomsmen vs. grandpas football game, a man whose genitals are caught in a dog's mouth, and a lot of pratfalls.

Sex

Brief shots of topless women during the bachelor party, which also contains a dog licking peanut butter off a man's penis. Many crass references to the sex that's in store after a wedding (i.e., "I want seven vaginas up on my face").

Language

Very strong language in nearly every line of dialogue. Dozens of uses of "f--k," "motherf---er," "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "s--t," "douche," "cabron," and religious exclamations.

Consumerism

Mercedes, Nespresso.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many adults drink to excess (particularly at the bachelor party) and/or smoke weed (there's even a song about smoking weed).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Wedding Ringer is a crass comedy about a best man for hire (Kevin Hart). Like Wedding Crashers and The Hangover, the movie uses a wedding and bachelor party as excuses for debauchery and landing a one-night stand. Nearly every line of dialogue includes a string of expletives ("f--k," "motherf---er," "a--hole," you name it), and there's some nudity in the bachelor party sequence (topless women, a dog licking peanut butter off a man's penis), as well as tons of crude references to sex. Adults drink to excess and smoke weed, there's some slapstick/pratfall-type violence, and, with few exceptions, women are stereotyped as materialistic and shallow, while men are reduced to sex-obsessed jerks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymarieb February 17, 2015
Adult Written byGene123 July 22, 2016

A splendid choice for children ages 12 and up

My family enjoyed this film immensely; however, there were a couple instances where I had my children cover there eyes.
Teen, 16 years old Written bytoaster47 January 19, 2015

Hilarious Movie

This movie a lot better than I thought it would be. Most comedy movies today are not that great, but Kevin Hart had me laughing throughout most of the movie. Th... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byStevie111 May 6, 2015

Okay, but not as funny as I expected

This movie was just kind of blah throughout. It rarely made me laugh, but wasn't quite bad enough for me to shut it off. I am a fan of Kevin Hart, but this... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE WEDDING RINGER, Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) has a lucrative business as a best man for hire. For $20,000, he'll be a groom's fill-in best man for the rehearsal and wedding, giving a tearful champagne toast -- or, for considerably more, he'll add a couple of groomsmen to the mix. But what friendless, desperate groom Doug (Josh Gad) needs is the top-of-the-line, "Golden Tux" package: seven groomsmen to fill fictional roles he made up about imaginary friends, a best man who's supposedly a priest/Army chaplain to attend pre-wedding events, and a flawless performance by Callahan and his employees (including Lost star Jorge Garcia and comedian Affion Crockett) to make sure that his gorgeous fiancée, Gretchen (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), never finds out her rich and sweet husband-to-be has zero close friends.

Is it any good?

There are brief moments throughout The Wedding Ringer when it's clear that Hart is acting, rather than just relying on his rapid-fire manic riffs to get him through a scene. He's a skilled comedian, but this movie is far too uneven to showcase his talent. It bizarrely goes from being so crass and disgusting that you want to cringe (like when a dog licks peanut butter off of the groom's genitals during the bachelor party) to occasional moments when it's better than you'd expect (like the reception dance sequence). And there are a few genuine laughs (that aren't just from gross-out humor) along the way.

But in terms of messages, The Wedding Ringer has troublesome portrayals of marriage, weddings (apparently they're only for women, and men only go in order to "score" -- either with their date or, better yet, a strange woman who's willing to have a one night stand), and male friendship. With the exception of the bride's clever sister (Olivia Thirlby), who knows that something is up, the women in the movie are all shallow and materialistic and the men even shallower (even the supposedly nice groom finds a spark with a stripper, of all people). On the bright side, though Hart and Gad mostly have an annoyingly uneven camaraderie (Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau or Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller they're not), when they do occasionally hit their mark, The Wedding Ringer is passably funny.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of movies about weddings. Why do you think people like them? Do you prefer wedding comedies or dramas? What are some of your favorite wedding movies?

  • Which relationships in The Wedding Ringer are healthy? Are any of them realistic? What does the bride mean when says she's OK without love because the groom is a "nice guy"?

  • Discuss how the movie depicts male friendship. Do you think men are less likely to have close friends than women? Why? Do you think the movie portrays men (and women) in a stereotypical manner?

  • How does the movie depict drinking and drug use? Are there realistic consequences?

  • What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage?

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