The story follows the misadventures and confusion of a groom (Ed Burns) and his four groomsmen the week before a wedding. Wrestling with issues of fatherhood, honesty and growing up, the five thirty-somethings discover their extended adolescence might be finally coming to a close.
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A film about faith love and friendship. The story follows the misadventures and confusion of a groom (Ed Burns)and his four groomsmen the week before a wedding. Wrestling with issuesof father...(read more)hood, honesty and growing up, the five discovertheir extended Adolescence and must figure out way to fix there problemtogether as Brothers AND FRIENDS. Following these five character in the movie again you fell the flow ofrelationship in a Ed Burns movie the movie is touching and hilarious atsome time but one thing is for sure the movie has a realistic side andthat side is the love and relationship of couple an showed speciallyfrom the point of the man. point of view about the man in arelationship how he is an idiot but burn now how to show that. it isquid of scary to see that in a movie like that when your a guy this isno joke. AS ALWAYS THE a Edward burn movie is always well righted and it isalways all a bout the dialog and the story about the character in hismovie which makes it very exceptional. . Also good directing for thisone. Interesting had cam seen as always .and to mention , great scriponce again burns does it again. . I wont says no more now i must say that i am not surprised that thismovie so good .if you like she the one and the Brothers McMullen youwill love this movie and i must as a fan of the burn universe thismovie rocks. you will not be deceived.....................
or men will always be boys at heart, but when they wise-up they can be great men. Also, a good woman can help them learn how to be a man! The movie is about a group of men who reunite for their friend's wedding. I liked this movie a lot because it is definitely an honest portrayal of what these men are like. They are men with obvious flaws and issues, but are likeable because they really are trying to be good people. The problems they deal with are not anything we haven't heard before, but the film's honest depiction of real life issues does open your eyes. I think the film is about connecting with your loved ones and supporting them no matter what. Go see this movie! It's simple, sweet, touching, brave, and funny! Something for everyone!
It looks like a fun movie, but it's not really funny. It's kind of sad and annoyingly tiring as you watch grown men hmmm and hawww as they decide whether to do the various right things or not.Of course they all do, mostly, in the end, albeit still with a sort of adolescent crescendo of silliness and overstated comaradarie that also gets kind of old.What this is, actually, is something of a male drama about five "30 something" friends going through various stages of life, trying to be supportive and helpful to each other as they prepare for one of their "own's" weddings. It's okay, it's fairly well edited, it's sometimes interesting, and it's full of talented actors and actresses, but it's still not outstanding entertainment. This could be a decent rental on a rainy day but never quite crosses the threshold into solid entertainment. Some good moments and commentary on married and single life, parents and friends. Not highly recommended, but not too bad, either.
This movie tries to make certain ideas seem totally acceptable or evento be necessary in life, which is totally untrue. I won't go into itall but the one that really seemed to be the most annoying was themovie chunking out the idea that a person HAS to be married. I don'tknow where they felt like this idea had to be incorporated into it.Absolutely 100% not true!!! And, to carry it even farther, the ideathat just because a woman is expecting a baby that it should bemandatory that the couple get married. That is even worse!! I mean,marriage in itself is a horrible mistake but to compound it with havinga baby being the chief reason for someone to get married, that is trulyHUGE on the mistake gauge. I am sure everyone has heard that "twowrongs don't make a right". Well, DUH!!! No kidding!!! I just found themovie to be very misleading as far as being compared to real life. AndI know that "it is just a movie" but it was one HORRIBLE movie in myopinion!! I did find one thing about the movie that I enjoyed but it isnot worth the agony of watching it...The Music! That can be found bysimply turning on the radio or playing a CD. Classic Rock style. :)
I like The Groomsmen because it tells you about the realities of life. The story is great for the husbands to be and the fathers to be. I like the acting of each actor and actress in the movie. I am a BIG Matthew Lillard's fan. The direction was fantastic because it take you on a journey of being a husband and being a father.
I think it's safe to say that The Groomsmen will be talked about on the same level with Clerks II. Just two major differences, in my humble opinion. 1) Edward Burns is a much better director than Kevin Smith and 2) this movie is much more consistant and mature. Alas, we have a movie that looks at growing up not so much as a leap but a realization. Where characters don't see the line between youth and manhood untill they've already crossed it.The film starts off days before Paulie's (Edward Burns) marriage to his long-time girlfriend (Brittany Murphy). They have a baby on the way, which to Paulie's big brother Jim (Donal Logue) is the reason for the nuptuals and a bad reason at that. But Jim himself walks around with a chip on his shoulders. He's Paulie's best man with his childhood friends (Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard and John Leguizamo) as his groomsmen. During these few days, they drink, fish, play baseball, and talk about the good old days. They've all made sense of their lives with the exception of Jim and Mike (Mohr), who is still in the exiting stage of adolescence, where a baseball card means more than friendship and where peeing in someone's car is a means of revenge. He even makes money off of mowing lawns.But overall, this is a romantic comedy, but much more mature than anything we've seen this year. It's on the same level as Burns' The Brothers McMullen with dialogue that isn't so much sophisticated, but has a working-man's poetry to it. The only drawback to the film is it's eagerness to dive into melodrama to make up for it's lack of wit. Most of the time, it makes for some great scenes. Burns casts this movie with characters that feel they come from the block. Inspired choices such as Logue as the brooding Jim and Heather Burns as Jim's wife allows great actors to work off each other. Just watch the scenes with the five main male leads and how you can just feel the comraderie. But especially I liked Matthew Lillard as the wise Desmond, who as a bartender, is capable to nursing your wounds and healing your soul over a beer. Burns' direction is very natural, allowing his characters to develop the scene. As an actor, he understands that it's his characters that makes these scenes and to take away from their power takes away from the film itself. He proves that flash doesn't make for great filmmaking.All in all, this isn't a perfect film, but an inspired one. I doubt many will see this film, even those looking for a good date movie (as this most certainly is). But to miss this reception would be to your loss. Good friends are hard to find.
I believe this is Edward Burns' best movie to date. While the plot lineis a little trite, the movie pulls it off with one of Burns' strengthas a film maker: his characters. The characters in this film are arevery complete and well-rounded. As a guy passing through histwenties...I was able to relate to this film a lot. I have a similargroup of guy friends that have been by my side for many years. Anyonethat is getting older and still keeps in touch with old friends willfind this movie to their liking.I also must comment on the superb acting by everyone in the cast. I wasparticularly impressed with Donal Logue. His character came across somestriking inadequacies and he nailed it down.Overall, I thought the Groomsmen was a very enjoyable film.
Brothers McMullen and She's The One are 2 of my favourite comedies so I will always check Burns's films. This is probably his fourth best after Sidewalks of New York, which means it's a good film. Because the other 3 are brilliant. Great cast of funny characters with the typical Burns' scribed relationship problems. See it.
Excellent writing and acting more than compensate for any failure to create a nitty-gritty reality. Emotional truth, which this film has in abundance, is what really matters to me. The one moment that doesn't ring true for this Bronx girl, is that a City Islander would shlep down to the Staten Island ferry to propose. He has enough boats right where he lives, but maybe no backdrop as majestic as the Manhattan skyline to satisfy the film maker.
this movie has great acting from Ed Burns, Jay Mohr, John Leguizamo & Matthew Lillard. What a cast. I don't know how this movie didn't get a wider release. Only 25 votes on Yahoo and its been out 2 weeks. People r missin out!
This review is from: The Groomsmen (DVD) I Just reviewed LOOKING FOR KITTY, Ed Burns' other neglected 2006 release. This is the finer film (That one is OK, too), a very plausible slice-of-life looking at a group of mid-thirties guys looking at their lives when one, Burns, is getting married (to Brittany Murphy, who has prominence on the cover, and is important, but secondary to the male leads). It's well-tread territory, but Burns has an excellent supporting cast (John Leguiziamo, Jay Mohr, Donnell Logue and Matthew Lillard, who gives his best performance to date) and doesn't force things; there are several well-played scenes where the actors get to do their thing. The state of theatrical film release in 06 is such that this crowd-pleaser barely got out of New York and L.A., which is a shame; in a summer of overheated overpriced Hollywood flicks it was a nice change of pace. Of course, the dvd box has that "REAL GENIUS/ MODERN LOVE what where they thinking?" photoshop quality -- Burns is never seen wearing that ridiculous shirt at any time in the movie (it looks like its 1985 and he's going to the Flock of Seagulls concert or something), nor does he ever carry her on his shoulders like that. The theatrical poster showed the five guys in a bar having a drink, and that should've stayed the cover, as it didn't mislead the viewer. The film is a comedy, but it's not a WEDDING CRASHERS comedy, definitely more of a meeting of BIG CHILL or RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN with THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Take a look.
Where do you start with this mess? The best stuff - TC. The scenebetween Matt Lillard and Ed Burns in which he tells him how his lifehas changed since having kids. As a father, this is the truth. JessicaCapshaw is such a beauty. I actually felt bad for Jay Mohr that henever got to reconcile with her, but how could you blame her. Mohr'scharacter is horrible, and what a waste of a comedic talent, too. (Inthe DVD, there is a section called "Jay Mohr's takes", which you wouldexpect to be funny, but is anything but. The worst stuff -Unfortunately the rest. The soundtrack is like a bad sampling of 80'smusic - Loverboy, Billy Squier, Greg Kihn. And who said Leguzamo (sp)can sing? How could the other band members put up with is irritablevocals, or were they dubbed? I know that Ed Burns likes to use localtalent and that's fine, but get some who can act.
This film of male bonding and anxiety over relationships and marriageis familiar territory for writer/director Ed Burns. No, not justfamiliar territory - it's all he does! But, at the same time, Burnsgives us characters who think and speak freely of plot conventions, andare also fun characters. These characters are somewhere between theguys you'd like to hang out with, and those annoying jackass friendsyou avoid like the plague.The film isn't much of a departure from "Brothers McMullen," "She's TheOne," or even "Sidewalks of New York". But this movie is funnier andmore touching than those 3 previous efforts.I suppose Burns wanted to stick with the Long Island male bonding stufftill he got it right. Well, he got this one right. Time for him to moveon and venture into new territory.(one complaint: too many crane shots. Burns overuses the crane shotwhich only takes away from the effect or point of a crane shot)
This movie contained an excellent cast. Matt Lilliard, Edward Burns,Brittany Murphy and more made this movie an excellent movie to watchand enjoy. Its a classic in the way that it portrays a group of goodfriends from high school grow up and come together for their friendswedding. It gives viewers all the emotions that makes a great movie. Iwould recommend you see it and if you like it pass it on to friends. Matthew Lilliard has always been a great fun actor, as you might haveseen some of his past films. Hes in the movie Without a Paddle. In thisand that he played a great character. This movie shows real lifesituations that are somewhat in most everybody's life.
The GroomsmenGroomsmen seem like a ridiculous wedding custom, but if your bride everfails to show, there's a good chance you can convince one of them totake your bromance to that next level.Unfortunately for the groom in this comedy, his groomsmen might beabsent as well.With a week to go before his wedding to Sue (Brittany Murphy), Paulie(Edward Burns) is advised by his brother/best man, Jimbo (Donal Logue),not to go through with it.Meanwhile, his groomsmen Mike (Jay Mohr) and T.C. (John Leguizamo)attempt to resolve an old dispute over a missing baseball card. Dez(Matthew Lillard), on the other hand, wallows in the group's glorydays.More a dramatic dissertation on the difficulties of adulthood than alaugh-out-loud comedy, nonetheless, The Groomsmen is an honestportrayal of friendship.By the way, it's not a romantic gesture to have your fiancÃ©e'sex-boyfriends as your groomsmen. (Yellow Light)
DO not waste the time to watch this horrible film.. What a waste of 2hours. Between the swearing and lack of plot. This film should beburned. 2 thumbs down. I can't tell you want a waste of time this moviewas. Since there is a minimum of 10 lines, I could keep repeating overand over again on how terrible this movie was, but intstead I would notwant to put you through having to read this over and over again. Theplot was garbage. The acting was terrible. The ONLY funny part is whenthe guy pee's in Top's Car..and that was lame. Simple child humor andit wasn't even laughable. Do yourself a favor and don't watch thisfilm...instead, go for a walk, watch water boil, change all thebatteries in your fire alarms, sweep out the garage, clean out thefireplace ( I mean scrub it shiny clean, so you could eat off of it),walk the dog, learn how to yo-yo, or just sit and meditate for 2 hours.All of the above would be better than watching this worthless film. Boobad film, bad film. go away
I was lucky enough to be in New York to see this film premier at the2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was introduced by Jane Rosenthaland Ed Burns.It is the story of two brothers (Burns/Logue) and their three friends(Leguizamo/Mohr/Lillard) dealing with their lives and relationshipsleading up to the marriage of Burns and Brittany Murphy. It is a funnyand honest look at the relationship between men and women and therelationship between close male friends.The film covers topics such as, but not limited to, fertility,sexuality, dysfunctional relationships, immaturity and personal growth.A fantastic all star cast lead the audience on an emotional, funny andthoroughly entertaining ride that, in my opinion, all males, 25 yearsand older, will associate/identify with. Especially those of us who aremarried, getting married or approaching fatherhood.I would have to agree with Matthew Lillard that this is one of Ed Burnsbest films. It is certainly the best film that I have seen Lillard andMohr involved in. Jay Mohr's performance in particular is hystericalplaying the role of Burns/Logue's immature 'Cousin Mike'.During Q&A after the film Ed Burns stated that the inspiration for thefilm, apart from the people and stories from his own life, were thefilms 'Diner' and 'I Vitelloni'.The film is scheduled for release in New York and L.A in July 2006.
Let us sincerely hope, that the rest of the world will not conclude,that the five brothers/friends of the Groomsmen are representative forthe average American adult. I cannot believe they are. These five don'tknow how to cope with anything. 35 and only then come out of thecloset? Solving infertility by picking up a whore? Come on. TheGroomsmen basically is a soap. We see an endless chain of relationalproblems. As soon as one is solved - or just disappeared - the next onepops up. Thr idea is to hold our attention. As far as I am concerned:it doesn't. To give the soap a male touch there is a lot ofstereotypical "f*** **u". As even Burns got bored of it, he adds thewell known gesture with a certain finger in one scene. Acting isdecent, there are less than a handful nice jokes, plot is absent,characters are quite uninteresting. Of course end good, all good. Allin all a quite forgettable movie. If you want to know how it is to be amale 35, watch Kramer vs Kramer instead.Note the talented John Leguizamo. In The Alibi his talents were muchbetter used.
I thought this looked funny. It was compared to Wedding Crashers. I never laughed. I kept watching this and when it ended I felt like I had wasted about 1 1/2 hours. I wanted to throw the movie away, but then was thankful that I rented it, not paid for it. Save your money. "Friends with Money" offered more laughs that this movie.
Fresh from the Seattle International Film Festival -- The Groomsmen is a poignant look at relationships and forgiveness; truefriendship, spousal, sibling, parent-child, and ex's. It provides agreat blend of comedy and drama to not be too heavy, yet stay trulythought provoking. At times the character development scenes were a bitlong, but forgivable overall. The cast is amazing, you easily forgettheir previously roles and see them only as the lifelong friends thatthey portray in this movie. The soundtrack is an excellent trip back tothe rock of the 80's with the likes of Loverboy and Eddie Money. Iwould recommend this movie to women and men alike. It has something foreverybody! Thank you, Matt, for visiting us in Seattle!