Saturday 21 February 2015

"The Wedding Ringer" (The Guardian 20/02/15)

The Wedding Ringer *
Dir: Jeremy Garelick. With: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. 101 mins. Cert: 15

Kevin Hart’s latest laughter-vacuum repurposes the plot of 2009’s undervalued I Love You Man for performers whose own relatives probably wouldn’t pay to watch them in a cinema. Where its predecessor used this set-up – friendless groom-to-be hires phoney best man – to observe how funny men can get around other men, Ringer is principally concerned with the indignities wrought on schlubby Josh Gad’s gonads by chilli and hungry dogs, among other elements. Hart continues to demonstrate what Funny People euphemistically termed “a lot of energy”: here, it encompasses ultra-lame dance routines, and behaviour towards women that would likely land one on a register if emulated in real life. 

The Wedding Ringer is now playing in cinemas nationwide.

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