AMERICAN PIE Meets A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Release Date: July 15, 2005
Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn,
Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher,
Jane Seymour, and Christopher
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: R for sexual content, nudity
Runtime: 118 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Time Warner
Director: David Dobkin
Executive Producer: Richard Brener and Guy Riedel
Producer: Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy,
and Andrew Panay
Writer: Steve Faber and Bob Fisher
Address Comments To:Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
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John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are friends who fill their social calendar by showing up at strangers’ weddings and becoming the life of the party. They offer toasts, help cut the cake, and entertain the children. Partying isn’t their real motive though: they see weddings as a prime opportunity to meet women. Armed with a dozen fictional personas, they feign sensitivity until the women come home with them.
Jeremy and John love this routine until John finds a girl who means more to him than a one-night fling. Interestingly, she is the daughter of a rich government official played by Christopher Walken. The wedding crashers score an invitation to the family home, where John tries to get time with Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Jeremy tries to get away from Claire’s sister Gloria (Isla Fisher), who is obsessed with him. Once the sisters have fallen for Jeremy and John, however, there’s the little matter of revealing their true identities.
John discovers that an obsessive desire for sexual pleasure outside the boundaries of a normal, marital relationship isn’t fulfilling. He meets the original wedding crasher, Chaz, who is now in his 40s and still lives in his mom’s basement. Chaz is totally pathetic, without any concern for other people at all, and John sees that he must change his own ways if he wants to avoid this fate. Think of this subplot as A CHRISTMAS CAROL meets AMERICAN PIE.
Even with John’s solid realization, that leads to what we assume will be a marriage to Claire, the movie promotes ghastly behavior, including a totally debauched way of life in which men and women sleep together after knowing each other for mere minutes. John and Jeremy don’t regret sleeping with all of those women (to whom they lied and manipulated). They merely see commitment and monogamy as the next phase, albeit a better one.
In addition to the sexual permissiveness, the movie has excessive foul language, over-the-top sexual jokes and situations, and heavy alcohol use.
WEDDING CRASHERS is a sweet-and-sour plate. In addition to all the objectionable elements, it’s actually very funny. Media-wise audiences must use discernment when they go to the movie theater, remembering that the ticket they buy guarantees that more of the same movies will be made. Thus, audiences concerned about the state of teenaged and young adult sexuality in America should shun entertainment that promotes these gross, unnatural mores.
Eventually, John discovers that an obsessive desire for sexual pleasure outside the boundaries of a normal, marital relationship isn’t fulfilling. That message, however, is too-little-too-late. The movie promotes ghastly behavior, including a totally debauched way of life in which men and women sleep together after knowing each other for mere minutes. John and Jeremy have dozens of sexual partners and never regret any of their choices. In addition to the movie's sexual permissiveness, there is excessive foul language, over-the-top sexual jokes and situations, and heavy alcohol use. Media-wise audiences will shun this one, no matter how funny it is.