Movie Review

The Wedding Ringer

He's the best man... money can buy.
The Wedding Ringer Movie Poster

US Release Date: 01-16-2015

Directed by: Jeremy Garelick


  • Kevin Hart
  • Jimmy Callahan / Bic Mitchum
  • Josh Gad
  • Doug Harris
  • Affion Crockett
  • Reggie / Drysdale
  • Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
  • Gretchen Palmer
  • Jorge Garcia
  • Lurch / Garvey
  • Dan Gill
  • Bronstein / Dickerson
  • Corey Holcomb
  • Otis / Alzado
  • Ken Howard
  • Ed Palmer
  • Colin Kane
  • Fitzgibbons / Plunkett
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Grandma Palmer
  • Jenifer Lewis
  • Doris Jenkins
  • Alan Ritchson
  • Kip / Carew
  • Mimi Rogers
  • Lois Palmer
  • Aaron Takahashi
  • Endo / Rambis
  • Olivia Thirlby
  • Alison Palmer
  • Nicky Whelan
  • Nadia
  • Josh Peck
  • Bad Best Man
  • Joe Namath
  • Himself
  • John Riggins
  • Himself
  • Ed 'Too Tall' Jones
  • Himself
Reviewed on: January 23rd, 2015
Josh Gad and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer

Josh Gad and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer

Since I just watched Selma, I found an early scene offensive where Kevin Hart, as Jimmy Callahan, loses patients with Josh Gad’s character and yells out loud, “God damn! Fucking white people.” Seriously? Hart, can you at least have the decency to keep your racist attitude to yourself, at least until you are in the privacy of your own home before expressing it, like white people do. God damn! Fucking black people.

Gad plays likable loner Doug Harris. He has a very nice paying job and is about to marry a woman way out of his league. His problem is that he has no friends, thus no one to be his best man or groomsmen. Enter Jimmy Callahan, the owner of Best Man, Inc. For a fee, Jimmy pretends to be a lonely groom’s best friend and best man. He spends the wedding making the groom look and sound as good as he can.

The movie opens with Jimmy at another wedding that ends with the groom asking Jimmy if he would like to hang out sometime. Jimmy reminds him that what just happened was a business transaction and not a real friendship. Several times while working with Doug, Jimmy makes that same statement but who is he kidding, we know exactly where this movie is going from the previews.

Jimmy collects an odd assortment of guys to be groomsmen. They are all given pseudonyms and backgrounds as if they are going under cover as spies. One guy just got out of prison while another has a stutter. When Doug first meets them, he whispers to Jimmy, “These guys cannot be my groomsmen. It looks like the entire cast of Goonies grew up and became rapists!” All are asked to come up with a distraction if ever they do not know the answer to a question posed at the reception. Of course they all use them later in the film.

Jimmy must become a military priest as that is what Doug has already told his fiancé about his made up best friend. The two men spend lots of time together resulting in a bromance. Meanwhile, the fiancé’s sister has eyes for Jimmy. I am not sure if she suspects or just has a kinky thing for priests. The Wedding Ringer could have been funnier but it has some moments. Some of the comedic highlights involve a dinner that goes bad and a football game between two different generations, featuring real football legends.

The Wedding Ringer also has something to say about modern friendships. Early on, Jimmy asks, how many friends do people really have and you cannot count Facebook friends. It is a legitimate question to modern audience members. I remember a few years ago having my son say he hung out all afternoon with his friends. I asked where he went and he responded, “Nowhere, we were playing COD online.” I have known middle aged men who defriended someone on Facebook to make a point. Are we really friends with someone just because we communicate online with them? You tell me.

The Wedding Ringer is a guy’s movie. The men all bond going to a party where hot girls do plenty of sexy things for them. As we left the theater, my son said to me, “Yeah! Bros before hos.” Not only does that tell you about the level of his maturity but also what some will take away from this movie. I enjoyed watching these two men form a sincere friendship and the commentary on what actually constitutes a real friend.