5 of the Best (Man-Friendly) Wedding Films
04 Jul 2012
Wedding films are a staple of girlie nights in and most guys probably feel they really don’t want to watch something designed to make a viewer weep. But here are some the groom-to-be and his friends may quite enjoy.
In order to make the list, the movie had to be mostly about a wedding or series of weddings, it can’t just have a weddings scene – even one as pivotal and important to the plot as the one in The Deerhunter.
1. Honeymoon In Vegas
Here we see Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker as the couple. Cage stars as a commitment-phobe who gets browbeaten into a Vegas wedding. From then on it’s a strange trip with James Caan getting together SJP for two days, while Cage tries to get her back. Nic ultimately triumphs with the help of the Flying Elvises, Utah Chapter and a Nevada wedding chapel.
2. Father of the Bride
Steve Martin gives a fantastic performance as a man (George Banks) dealing with his mortality vis-à-vis his kids growing up. George eventually comes around but not after fleeing from attack dogs, wearing a blue Armani tux, and letting his son (Kieran Culkin) drive a car. On his path to breakdown, he lets the audience in on the collusion between the hotdog companies and the bun companies. Diane Keaton – not the most obvious casting for a guy pic - even manages to be sensible, plus Martin Short turns in a quality performances as a wedding planner named Franck.
3. The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler plays a singer who just wanted a wedding of his own. After getting left at the altar, Sandler decides that “love stinks, yeah, yeah” and doesn’t change his view until Drew Barrymore comes along Good performances from Christine Taylor and even Billy Idol in this one. The movie was set in 1985, but filmed a few years later, so there are a lot of those ‘if we knew then what we know now moments’ - espoecially involving hair metal stars Van Halen and CD players.
4. Meet the Parents
Any film with Robert de Niro is is a guy movie and this one written by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg and directed by Jay Roach is great. Starring De Niro and Ben Stiller the film chronicles a series of unfortunate events that befall a good-hearted but hapless male nurse while visiting his girlfriend’s parents. Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, and Owen Wilson also star.
5. Wedding Crashers
This hit the theaters and launched the so-called Frat Pack into superstardom. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star as two charming lotharios out to crash 1,000,000 weddings and rock them all. This one has too many quotes to even mention and Will Ferrell’s appearance may be one of the greatest film cameos of all time. This movie went on to make 285 million bucks in the theatre which places it just behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding as the best selling wedding movie of all time.