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Wedding Bros (DVD Review)

21 Jul, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Prebook 7/21/09; Street 8/18/09
Universal/Screen Media
$24.98 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for language and some sexuality.
Stars Dan Fogler, Brendan Sexton III, Zoe Lister-Jones, Jon Polito, Patti D’Arbanville.

Bored installing carpet for the family business in New Jersey, mischievous Carmine (Dan Fogler of Fanboys) and college-educated brother Anthony (Brendan Sexton III of Boys Don’t Cry) stumble upon a customer’s business, King of Long Island Wedding Videos, and convince owner Lou Burns (Jon Polito) to hire them.

What follows is an endless series of predictable missteps at client weddings as the unqualified brothers drop cameras and generally get in the way of an increasingly agitated Burns. Anthony, who gets little family respect for being the first to attend college, soon falls for Lauren (Zoe Lister-Jones), a still-photographer with publicist Sonya (Don Johnson’s ex-wife Patti D’Arbanville), who also happens to be Burns’ ex.

Written and directed by Michael Canzoniero, Wedding Bros breaks no new comedy ground and won’t be mistaken any time soon for the bigger-budget Wedding Crashers, despite the similar premise of young men pretending to be something they are not at weddings.

What does make the film enjoyable is the formidable cast, spearheaded by Fogler and Polito. The latter is best known for several scene-stealing roles in films by the Coen Brothers, including Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink and The Man Who Wasn’t There.

With a Cheshire Cat grin and wild eyes, Fogler’s acerbic wit is perfect foil to raspy-voiced Polito — the two award-winning stage actors simply dominate the scenes they are in.

The DVD includes a requisite trailer and director commentary but neglects to offer anything in the way of a blooper reel or behind-the-scenes footage. This is a shame since Fogler appears to possess an improvisational knack and juvenile flair befitting Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow.

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