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Miramax, Screen Gems, Sony, LStar Capital and Will Packer Productions present a 101 minute, R rated, Comedy, directed by Jeremy Garelick, written by Garelick and Jay Lavender with a theater release date of January 16, 2015.

 

Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is getting married to Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), she is popular with a loving family and lots of friends, he is not as much, his parents are deceased and his friends are nowhere to be found, leaving him with no best man or groomsmen. Left with no choice he makes a trip to Best Man, Inc. run by Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart). This man is so suave and sophisticated that he can make the unknown feel like they’ve been known forever. In other words Doug hires Jimmy and his crew of awkward merry men to be his wedding party, unknown to his bride to be and her family.

Let the games begin but hey if it makes the bride happy than who cares about a little white lie. Right? Wrong! Doug creates a name for his best man, Jimmy is now known as Bic Mitchum, think razors and deodorant! Bic happens to be a military priest that has known Doug for years but little does anyone know Doug is a client for Jimmy’s services. Memories are made, Grandma (Cloris Leachman) burns, the wedding planner is not your stereotypical queen, NAS comes in handy and who knew that Doug and Jimmy could dance!

A friend changes someone’s life and Jimmy aka Bic is beginning to change Doug’s. No longer a loser but totally transforming into a winner. But just wait for the bachelor party from start to finish this scene is hysterical. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and Bassett Hounds? In the end we have an E.T. moment that leads to the E.R. Yet overall the big question becomes an unsure moment and one man is not so left standing alone but rather on a honeymoon plane ride to a place that seems familiar to some but totally awesome to one.

This film is hysterical, the direction and writing is superb with some definite moments of originality. A fun soundtrack with some phenomenal laugh out loud scenes that will have you rolling in your theater seat. This film is sure to have a lasting impression at the box office. Hart is superb and Gad is spot on making this dynamic duo the perfect partnership for a sequel. Let’s hope! Cuoco-Sweeting is not a huge focus and I think almost anyone could have played her role but overall she performs well. It was great to see Jorge Garcia who plays Lurch in the story yet he still seems a bit lost at times. No pun intended! Ok maybe a little one! Albeit this film is a must, with lots of laughter, some very unpredictable moments, some old school cameos and a great supporting cast of characters making this a hit from start to finish. Written and thoroughly enjoyed with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.

 

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