A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sets up a difference between cheaters who hurt others by their actions, and those who are deceitful in the name of fun.
Positive Role Models
Most characters lie, cheat, and abuse trust; some learn the error of their ways.
Violence & Scariness
Rough football and a beatdown, shot mostly in shadows.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Exposed breasts, sexual situations (including bondage and masturbation).
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Frequent obscenities and sexual slang, rendered comedically.
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Products & Purchases
Visibly branded food and beverage products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At weddings, the crashers get drunk repeatedly; one reference to "a fatty."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wedding Crashers features sexual humor, imagery (bared breasts), and language (including slang for gay and lesbian sex and repeated uses of the F-word). There is lying, drinking, smoking, and sex (couples appear in various states of undress, including a bondage scene). The film includes a reference to "rolling a fatty," some rough touch football (hard tackling by a very competitive player, whom someone jokingly describes as being "on steroids"), a bloody beating, vomiting, a couple misplaced, comedic attempted seductions (both opposite- and same- sex), and a woman's masturbation of her lover under the dinner table. Note: The unrated version of this movie contains coarser language and more sexuality, though no more nudity, than is noted in this review. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Raucous and happily obnoxious, WEDDING CRASHERS makes fun of liars and cheaters, ultimately celebrating a shlocky version of "true love." The premise of David Dobkin's frantic comedy has been described as a return to R-rated jokes (like the hair gel gag in Something About Mary), set against a PG-13 tide. But here the R leads to less risky or even imaginative writing than predictable uses of explicit language, sexual situations, and adolescent humor. At Claire's house, The Meet the Parents-style commotion includes familiar, if vaguely raunchy humor.
Usually, a little Vaughn goes a long way, but here he serves as welcome respite from Wilson's cloying romantic lead. Though Vaughn embodies the film's embrace of vulgar comedy, he also maintains a sense of irony. But Wilson is stuck with the "sincere" role in an otherwise mostly boisterous movie, and he's unconvincing during his moony-eyed romance montages and slow-moving amid the mayhem.
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