Friendless groom-to-be Josh Gad hires professional faker Kevin Hart to be his pretend best man at his forthcoming wedding to blonde beauty Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in the highly contrived and strenuously unfunny buddy comedy The Wedding Ringer. To prevent the flimsy charade from being exposed, Hart winds up in one scene setting the bride’s grandmother on fire. The filmmakers’ efforts to distract from the feebleness of their own efforts are similarly desperate. Loudmouth Hart swears copiously, while the tubby Gad (the talking snowman in Frozen) gets pitched into a series of undignified scrapes that usually end with damage to his genitals. Laughs, though, are few and far between.
Certificate 15. Runtime 101 mins. Director Jeremy Garelick.
Focus is released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 6 July.