(2015) (Kevin Hart, Josh Gad) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy: A man with no close male friends hires a "professional best man" less than two weeks before his wedding.
- Doug (Josh Gad), a successful attorney, can't believe that such an attractive woman as Gretchen Palmer (KALEY CUOCO-SWEETING) has agreed to marry him. One problem. An only child, he spent his formative years moving around with his globe-trotting parents, and his adult years building his law practice. He really doesn't have any male friends he can call on to be his best man and groomsmen. And his bride-to-be has a maid of honor plus seven bridesmaids.
Enter Jimmy Callahan (KEVIN HART), a slick entrepreneur who runs a best-man-for-hire service. Jimmy provides full services for his clients. He'll craft an entire identity of a "best friend," throw bachelor parties, take part in rehearsal dinners, and stay with the groom right through the wedding reception. And then he is gone. This time, though, the challenge is great. He's never put together a party of seven groomsmen, a package he calls the "Golden Tuxedo." He's also never had to deal with a family such as Gretchen's, which includes an overbearing father, Ed (KEN HOWARD); a clueless mother (MIMI ROGERS); an overly inquisitive sister, Alison (OLIVIA THIRLBY); and a grandma (CLORIS LEACHMAN) who ends up the charred victim of a meet-and-greet lunch gone wrong.
With only 10 days to plan, Jimmy assembles a motley crew of groomsmen and gives them each identities based on the lies Doug has told to Gretchen. These misfits include Kip (ALAN RITCHSON), a buff male model with a stutter, who masquerades as a podiatrist; Lurch (JORGE CARCIA), who used to be on Jimmy's payroll until his wife forced him to gain other, more honorable employment; Reggie (AFFION CROCKETT), an airport security guard itching to do something more fun; Otis (COREY HOLCOMB), a gentle-giant limo driver just itching to help Jimmy out on one of his scams; Bronstein (DAN GILL), who's forced to masquerade as a lounge singer and major Tom Jones fan; Endo (AARON TAKAHASHI), an Asian man who pretends to be a childhood friend of Doug's now working as a school principal; and Plunkett (COLIN KANE), a recently sprung ex-con with a violent rap sheet.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The film is a hard R rating, so teenagers interested in such material will inevitably want to see it, especially with Kevin Hart's rising popularity.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use, and brief graphic nudity.
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