The Wedding Ringer finds groom-to-be Doug Harris (Josh Gad) trying to make up for his social awkwardness by hiring Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), the expert at creating fun and impressive groomsmen squads for socially challenged grooms. At first it seems as though Doug is going to be able to impress his fiancée (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) and her family; but as Doug and Jimmy begin to strike up an actual friendship, their business arrangement (the wedding con) threatens to come unraveled.
Josh Gad and Kevin Hart are not exactly an odd pair made in heaven – but they do have the potential for that Dan Aykroyd / Eddie Murphy dynamic from films like Trading Places. Not at all saying that The Wedding Ringer is going to ever achieve the classic status of Trading Places; just saying, the dynamic between the two leads can work towards creating a fun (and funny) odd pair chemistry.
Besides having Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in a supporting role, The Wedding Ringer also features Alan Ritchson (TMNT), Olivia Thirlby (Dredd), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Affion Crockett (Haunted House 2), Cory Holcomb (Black Jesus) and comedienne Whitney Cummings.
This will be the feature-film debut of director Jeremy Garelick, so there’s no telling how well the finished product will pull together. Directing duties definitely come with a learning curve.
The Wedding Ringer will be in theaters on January 16, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures