Wedding Funnies For The Ages

One of the weekend's top moneymakers at the box office was "Wedding Crashers." The film, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn could prove to be the biggest comedy hit of the summer.

Weddings are always a good subject for films, but some wedding movies are better than others. Which are the best?

The Early Show turned to Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly magazine for a list of his favorites, in Tuesday's "Home Theater" segment.

He co-anchor Julie Chen that what goes into a good wedding movie is usually the opposite of what makes for a successful wedding in real life. The bride and groom normally don't want any problems or hitches. On the silver screen, you want humiliation, bumbling priests, and the like. Nothing can run too smoothly, at least, for a comedic wedding film.

Ross' top five:

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

IMDB.com says, "The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will every find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found 'Miss Right' in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend."

Ross' take? "Four Weddings and a Funeral" is basically every wedding nightmare rolled into one. You've got people being late, inappropriate toasts, a bumbling priest, even awkward seating problems. There's one scene where Hugh Grant is at the alter with the wrong woman.

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

According to IMDB.com, "Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia, dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem: Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down."

And Ross says the thing that makes this film so great is that Muriel is basically the ultimate underdog. Ignored by men, ridiculed by friends, she's the most unlikely person to get hitched, but she's always dreaming of a big, glorious wedding. You can't help but root for her. She just makes some curious decisions, and everything doesn't work out exactly right: It's a sham marriage, a green-card wedding. And there's a lot of Abba in it, which goes a long way.

The In-Laws (1979)

IMDB.com: "In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America.

Ross explains he likes this one as much as he does because there's always that tense moment when meeting your in-laws for first time, and it's much better when you see others do it. Basically, this movie's a lot of fun. It's really a buddy picture: You hardly see the bride and groom. It's kind of like "Midnight Run." And Peter Falk is hilarious in it. He's just great.
  • Brian Dakss

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