Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
What do you do when you’re about to get married and you’ve got no one to back you up at the altar? In real life, the couple in question would probably scale back to a non-traditional wedding, maybe do away with bridal parties altogether. But that doesn’t make for much of a comedy. So in The Wedding Ringer, groom-to-be Josh Gad finds himself in desperate need of a Best Man. So he retains the services of Kevin Hart, who acts as a Best Man for hire. Things don’t even seem to go well from the start, and some of the bad situations look like they make for great comedy. Check out the Wedding Ringer trailer below.
So… how is this guy about to get married to a woman who seems like she’s pretty together, without having any friends of his own to call upon? And why, when he’s got no friends, is she going with an eight-person lineup at the altar? Eh, doesn’t matter. That’s the wrong question! It’s all just material for a classic “unlikely companions” comedy setup. Some of it looks pretty funny, and this thing gets dark, too, if that “grandma on fire” sequence is anything to go by.
The film has a January release date, but that doesn’t matter at all. At this point a studio could release a Kevin Hart movie for ten minutes on a Tuesday morning and it would still top the box office for that week. The guy is unstoppable right now. With him working with the funny and charming Josh Gad, this one might actually turn out pretty well.
The Wedding Ringer opens on January 16. Trailer via Yahoo.
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