I actually like raunchy R-rated comedies quite a bit, so please don’t take this criticism as coming from someone who’s offended. I’m not. I’m just not laughing. I’d still go see The Wedding Ringer when it comes out in January, but it won’t be based off this trailer that’s for sure. When I started this post, I hadn’t actually seen anything from the film yet (including the earlier trailer) and this red band trailer on its own had me almost ready to write the whole thing off. But then I went back and watched the green band trailer and actually laughed. There, I saw a movie that had some jokes and a sense of character. Here, all I see is every possible use of “fuck” at the marketing team’s disposal, dumped into a trailer with little or no context.
So I’m almost posting this as an experiment. I’m including the green band trailer again below the new red band trailer. Tell me which one you actually think works (if at all). The film was directed by Jeremy Garelick (who did The Break-Up - a movie I really like) and stars Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Howard, Olivia Thirlby, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, and Mimi Rogers. Hit the jump for The Wedding Ringer red band trailer. The film opens in theaters on January 16, 2015.
Here’s the red band trailer:
Here’s the green band:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Wedding Ringer:
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.