Kevin Hart

The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer is the newest vehicle driven by laugh out loud comedian Kevin Hart. The film is written and directed by Jeremy Garelick. Alongside Kevin Hart the film stars Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Lewis, and Jorge Garcia. It is produced by Adam Fields, Will Packer Productions and Miramax Films.

The Wedding Ringer follows Doug (Gad) 10 days out from his wedding, and he is having trouble finding a best man and groomsman. He’s already told his fiancée Gretchen (Cuoco) that he has a best man and wedding party. Desperate to not look like a loser in front of his soon to be wife Doug finds Jimmy Callahan (Hart). Owner and operator of The Best Man Inc. A Company that provides loners with best men and wedding party’s to help pull off the happiest day of their wives lives. Doug s looking to pull of the biggest wedding of Jimmy’s career, however the deck has been stacked after Doug tells Gretchen their crazy names and back stories. Can these two pull of ”The Golden Tux” of weddings?

The Film is hilarious. Right off the bat I was nearly on the floor in laughter before the opening credits started running. This rag tag cast of comedians is pretty good together, but not in an over bearing way. Some comedies tend to try and over use their actors and gags, this one does not suffer from that issue. The jokes are set up and punch lines hit quickly and they move on to the next one for the most part. The story can be considered a little generic at first glance, heck my brother went so far as to call it a Sequel to Will Smith’s. Hitch. But honestly, it was completely unpredictable to me. The finish had refreshed, not your normal Cliché Rom-Com finish.

Like I said with the cast, the best part of this film is the chemistry between Gad and Hart. The two are really good together. And when you bring in the Wedding party and start up the shenanigans, it really hits. Garelick seems to have great comedic timing when it comes to directing. This is the first feature film he has directed. He wrote The Break Up before this, and I look forward to his future projects.

It’s not all sunshine and roses. There are a few scenes that seemed a little excessive. The majority of the gags run very smoothly but one or two go from small gags to over the top, and that is where you are kind of taken out of the film. There is a character, the bride’s father that I also found to be a bit overdone. Most these issues are nothing another pass at the editing bay couldn’t have fixed. And are also a little nitpicky.

All in all The Wedding Ringer is a lot of fun. It is laugh out loud hilarious, and the cast is a joy to watch. I’m giving it a Jeebus Score of 3.9 out of 6. Not many jewels come out in January, this is one you are definitely going to want to see.

Think Like a Man Too

The highly anticipated sequel, er, the anticipated sequel, er the sequel to 2012 smash hit, er hit, Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too is here. Tim Story returns to the directors seat for the sequel, and brings back with him the entire cast, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, all return, along with new comers Gary Owen, La La Anthony, and special appearances by Dennis Haysbert, Carl Weathers, Floyd Mayweather and Kelsey Grammer.

The original film, Think like a Man, mad $96 Million on a modest $12 Million budget. That’s obvious grounds that a sequel would be on its way. As far as I am concerned, the film was very entertaining. Where the first film was definitely a lot more of a love story, whereas this go around the film is basically Kevin Harts movie. While Hart was a minor character in the first film, he takes the spotlight and rightfully so. I am a sucker for Kevin Hart, his jokes and comedy hit me just right so I might be bias. But Think like a Man Too benefits from the added screen time for Hart.

The original cast all returns and all have their own relationship issues to deal with. Maya (Good) and Zeke (Malco) struggle with Zeke’s past, while Dominic (Ealy) and Lauren (Henson) futures both look bright, yet would keep them apart. Jeremy (Ferrara) and Kristin (Union) now married are trying to have a child, but Jeremy has doubts about himself as a father. Then you have Candace (Hall) and Michael (Terrance J), wedding weekend, overbearing mother (Jennifer Lewis), as well as the Bachelor and Bachelorette parties. Meanwhile Cedric (Hart) is going through another divorce with Gail (Wendy Williams) and keeping the bachelor party rolling.

The film doesn’t really move the characters forward, but at the same time is a fun film. You enjoy watching the drama, and fun times these characters have. Plus any movie set in Vegas is always a blast to watch. On the surface the story is a little weak, but when fun starts up, and the antics get going you can almost just smile and enjoy it, even without the deep story. The performances are all ok, nothing acceptable, or something to be excited about, but everyone plays their part well. To be honest, I watch this film, and it makes me mad about the upcoming Fantastic Four Reboot. I love Meagan Good, and this film is no exception. I think she would’ve made a great Sue Storm, but that’s a topic for another time.

Over all the film is pretty fun to watch, and the story can keep you entertained. I gave Think like a Man Too a Jeebus Score of 3.6, with a bonus of .3 for Kevin Hart’s comedic performance, coming out to a 3.9, Check out the Matinee!