Wedding Crashers (2005)

Life is a party. Crash it

In the outrageous comedy, Wedding Crashers, divorce mediators John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey are business partners and life- long friends who share one truly unique springtime hobby…crashing weddings! Whatever the ethnicity of the wedding party – Jewish, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Hindu – the charismatic and charming duo always have clever back stories for inquisitive guests and inevitably become the hit of every reception, where they strictly adhere to their proven “rules of wedding crashing” to meet and pick up women aroused by the very thought of marriage.

Information

Bradley as: Sack Lodge
Other cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher & Jane Seymour
Directed by: David Dobkin
Written by: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher
Produced by: Peter Abrams, Cale Boyterm, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Robert L. Levy, Andrew Panay & Guy Riedel
Box office: The movie opened #2 in the U.S. with $33,900,720. The total domestic gross was $209,255,921 and the foreign $75,920,820.
Release: July 15, 2005 (U.S.) | July 14, 2005 (U.K.)
Runetime: 119 min | 128 min (unrated)
Rated: R for sexual content/nudity and language.

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Character Quotes

Sack Lodge: [to Claire] Are you not getting enough attention?

Jeremy Grey: Wow. Mr. Environmental is also a hunter. That’s got to be an interesting combination.
Sack Lodge: I hunt quail, Jeremy. They’re overpopulated in this region and they’re decimating the grubworm population. You got a fucking problem with that?

Claire Cleary: Are you okay?
Sack Lodge: Well, Claire. My head’s buried in a toilet. What do you think? You do the math.
Claire Cleary: Honey, it’s ok to be vulnerable sometimes, it’s just me.
Sack Lodge: You know, you can just cut that psycho babble bullshit your mom tells you ok? You wanna help me out? Do ya? Do ya kid? Why don’t you go get me a 7Up, ok? All right, ’cause I think I might get vulnerable again.

Reviews

“Wedding Crashers may be the most optimistic Hollywood comedy of the year, because it restores at least some dim hope that directors, writers and actors with actual brains in their heads can somehow triumph over unimaginative studio execs.”
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

“Yes, the movie turns sappy and conventional in the last 10 minutes. But it’s a mark of a good seducer that you recognize the hustle but go along anyway, because resisting would be a drag. Wedding Crashers gives you a great shallow romp without making you feel bad in the morning.”
David Edelstein, Slate

“The flick brings two hours of great big sloppy buck-wild laughs by morphing into a cross between Meet the Parents and Some Like It Hot.”
Kyle Smith, New York Post

Triva

• Bradley did his impressions of his co-stars Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken and Rachel McAdams during various talk show appearances and interview.

• Bradley was rumored to be attached to “Honeymoon with Harry” with his co-star Rachel McAdams. They both reportedly signed on for the Untitled Cameron Crowe project which will start production in the fall of 2013.

Awards & Nominations

Won People’s Choice Award 2006 Favorite Movie Comedy
Won Teen Choice Award Choice 2005 Summer Movie
Nominated Critics Choice Award 2006 Best Comedy Movie
Nominated Empire Award 2005 Best Comedy
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Production Notes

On the surface, weddings may be all about bringing together families and friends to celebrate a couple’s love, but for most single attendees these often elaborate parties are equally notable for their open bar and the opportunity to meet a new love interest. It was this single guy’s perspective on attending weddings that initially inspired Wedding Crashers.

“The idea for Wedding Crashers started with an invitation I received for one of my friend’s weddings a few years ago,” says producer Andrew Panay. “I began thinking back to my college days when I crashed a couple of weddings with a buddy of mine because it was an easy way to meet girls. I thought it could be a great backdrop for a film – two guys who crash weddings to meet girls until one of them breaks all the rules and falls for one of the bridesmaids, but has lied about who he is for an entire evening.”

Panay developed the concept with Peter Abrams and Robert L. Levy, his partners at Tapestry Films, before eventually hiring the writing team of Steve Faber & Bob Fisher to bring the story to life.

“We felt within the concept of wedding crashing there was a lot of strong material which could be turned into a really funny story and script,” says producer Peter Abrams. “We were looking for writers and Andrew Panay had met with Steve Faber & Bob Fisher on a script called We’re the Millers which we all thought was incredibly funny, witty and smart. We told them about the basic storyline for Wedding Crashers and they immediately ran with the idea.”

Faber & Fisher instantly clicked with the concept, but quickly realized that they would need to expand the story beyond a tale of just a couple of guys on the make.

“After we were pitched the basis for the film, both Bob and I agreed that we needed to create a world that was funnier than simply a couple of young guys crashing weddings all the time,” says Faber. “We thought, ‘What if they were older and really shouldn’t be doing these types of things?’ Weddings are the ultimate in forced bliss and we came to the creative conclusion that these guys really needed to be experts in the art of wedding crashing, so we devised dozens of rules that they always adhere to.”

Fisher adds, “We also knew we couldn’t sustain an entire film with just wedding crashing, so we thought that it’d be a good idea if one of the guys were to fall for a woman at one of the weddings. We wanted the characters to be caught in a place where their lives could be really affected by the choices they made.”

The film’s producers were thrilled with the layers that Faber & Fisher added to their original concept.

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