The Wedding Ringer (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 12, 2015 by  


If you dig moronic comedy, especially Kevin Hart films, then “The Wedding Ringer” is for you!

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TITLE: The Wedding Ringer


DURATION: 101 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio), English and French 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English – Audio Description Track, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Release Date: April 28, 2015

Directed by Jeremy Garelick

Written by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender

Produced by Adam Fields, William Packer

Co-Producer: Valerie Bleth Sharp

Executive Producer: Zanne Devine, Glenn S. Gainor, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender, Ben Waisbren

Associate Producer: Chris Bremner, Nathan Donohoe

Music by Christopher Lennertz

Cinematography by Bradford Lipson

Edited by Jeff Groth, Shelly Westerman, Byron Wong

Casting by Ron Digman, Valorie Massalas

Production Design by Chris Cornwell

Art Direction by Charlie Campbell

Set Decoration by Dena Roth

Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell


Kevin Hart as Jimmy Callahan/Bic

Josh Gad as Doug Harris

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting as Gretchen Palmer

Affion Crockett as Reggie/Drysdale

Jorge Garcia as Lurch/Garvey

Dan Gill as Bronstein/Dickerson

Corey Holcomb as Otis/Alzado

Ken Howard as Ed Palmer

Colin Kane as Fitzgibbons/Plunkett

Cloris Leachman as Grandma Palmer

Jenifer Lewis as Doris Jenkins

Alan Ritchson as Kip/Carew

Mimi Rogers as Lois Palmer

Aaron Takahashi as Endo/Rambis

Olivia Thirlby as Alison Palmer

Whitney Cummings as Holly Munk

Ignacio Serricchio as Edmundo/Dirty Eddie Sanchez


Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

From Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender, the writing duo who wrote the 2006 comedy “The Break-Up”, comes “The Wedding Ringer”, which marks Garelick’s directorial debut.

The comedy film stars Kevin Hart (“Ride Along”, “Get Hard”), Josh Gad (“Love & Other Drugs”, “21”, “Frozen”), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (“The Big Bang Theory”, “8 Simple Rules”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost”, “Hawaii Five-O”), Affion Crockett (“Never Back Down”, “This Means War”) and many more.

Despite the critical pounding the film received, “The Wedding Ringer” and the popularity of Kevin Hart helped the film earn over $75.5 million in the box office.

“The Wedding Ringer” introduces us to Jimmy Callahan (portrayed by Kevin Hart), who provides best man services for those who don’t have friends.  Despite his clients wanting to be friends with him, he makes sure that he knows that after he provides his service, they will no longer have any contact and they are not “real” friends.

Meanwhile, Doug Harris (portrayed by Josh Gad) is a successful tax attorney, but his social life is weak.  He has no friends and he is marrying the beautiful Gretchen Palmer (portrayed by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) and are planing their wedding day, but she wants to meet his best man.

Unfortunately, Josh has no friends, so during the heat of the moment, looking at products in the medicine cabinet, he comes up with a name “Bic Mitchum” as his best man.  Seeing that he has no best man, he is referred by the party planner Edmundo (portrayed by Ignacio Serricchio) to check out the company, “The Best Man Inc.”.

As he visits The Best Man Inc., Doug asks Jimmy if he can pull of a “Golden Tux” (seven groomsmen) to match Gretchen’s bridesmaids, which Jimmy has never done before.  But as Jimmy agrees to take on the job, also hearing about Doug’s choice of name – Big Mitchum, and that he is a pastor who came from the military, Jimmy agrees but begins his search for groomsmen.

He begins to recruit his friends, some who are former criminals, some with strange talents, deformities or impediments and some people he grew up with.

With this odd group of friends, will Jimmy pull off a wonderful wedding for Doug?  And what happens when Doug starts to see Jimmy as a friend?



“The Wedding Ringer” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). Picture quality for the film is very good as close-ups show plenty of detail.  Outdoor scenes are vibrant, skin tones look natural.

The film looks magnificent in HD, with no signs of major artifacts or banding issues.


“The Wedding Ringer” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The film is primarily dialogue and musically driven, with good use of surrounds for ambiance and music having a strong presence throughout the film.


“The Wedding Ringer” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by director Jeremy Garelick and actor Josh Gad.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring 15 delete scenes.
  • Outtakes – Featuring four outtakes and an outtakes reel (3:38).
  • Line-O-Rama – (14:19) Improvisation scenes from the film.
  • Going to the Chapel of Love – (6:24) The cast and crew discuss wedding memories.
  • Music Video – (3:30) Featuring “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc.


“The Wedding Ringer” comes with the UltraViolet code and a slipcover.


As Kevin Hart is “The Guy” that you will often see in comedy films next to Will Ferrell in the past year, for those who have seen a Hart film knows that you get either a good film or a bad one.

“The Wedding Ringer” unfortunately is neither great or good but with the moronic humor in the film, you can’t help but think that with its box office success, a sequel may possibly happen.

The storyline seems banal, a guy with no friends needs a best man and groomsmen, so he hires one and depends on Jimmy (portrayed by Hart) to be the guy to make it happen.

But the groomsmen are the most unlikeliest bunch of people you will see together.  One who escaped Federal Prison, one who works at an airport, one who has three testicles, one who can look sexy but has a stuttering problem, another is a man who can pull his shoulder out of it’s socket.

And the film plays off like a film with many improv scenes that whatever can get the most laughs were selected because the scenes are either unfunny or making someone laugh hysterically.  I found the film unfunny as Cloris Leachman, playing the grandmother, is on fire during dinner.  Another scene features the guys pulling a joke on Doug by making him think he’s getting a BJ, when it’s actually a dog.  Does this make you laugh and are you into this type of comedy?  If so, then “The Wedding Ringer” is for you.

There is no doubt that the partnering of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad works for “The Wedding Ringer”.  You can tell the two are having a lot of fun shooting this film and to have the beautiful Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in the film is another plus.

As for the Blu-ray release, the film looks fantastic in HD as outdoor scenes are vibrant, closeup scenes show great detail and lossless audio features crystal clear dialogue and music.  You also get a plethora of outtakes, improve scenes, audio commentary and deleted scenes as well.

Overall, “The Wedding Ringer” are for those who have enjoyed moronic Will Ferrel, Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler of years past.  They are not for everyone, but there is an audience who loves dumb comedy and to see how far the director/writer/actors will take things.  And in this case, Kevin Hart is currently the face of American comedy.

If you dig moronic comedy, especially Kevin Hart films, then “The Wedding Ringer” is for you!


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