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Wedding Crashers

July 16, 2005

Last night Melissa and I went out to the Centro Ybor theatres to see the movie Wedding Crashers. I had wanted to see it since I first heard about it. It was an R rated comedy, which in this era of paranoia is almost unheard of. They intentionally made sure it was laced with racy scenes, almost as an homage to comedy classics like Caddyshack and Animal House.

The movie itself was hilarious, particualrly the first half, and I laughed hard. I can't remember the last time I laughed like that at a movie. Vince Vaughn (of Swingers fame) and Owen Wilson played off of each other really well, and Christopher Walken in the stiff father role was hysterical with his deadpan lines. I won't spoil the film for you, but his line about "five generations of large family breeding" was one of the funniest things I'd heard in ages. At times, particularly in the second half of the movie, it began to waver a little dangerously close toward the chick flick side, but then it was saved by, of all people, Will Ferrell. I'll admit it: I've come around on Will Ferrell. I used to really not like him. Maybe because he managed to single-handledly ruin his scenes in both The Ladies Man and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, or... well, I think that's enough reason right there. But he was funny in Old School, and in this his cameo was a riot. His SNL stuff was hit-or-miss (the "more cowbell" skit is an all-time classic, but the cheerleader stuff I could pass on and be fine).

Anyway, if you're looking for a looking for a movie where you will laugh your ass off, and that also makes a great date movie, check out Wedding Crashers.

One thing, though: the number of commercials/previews before the movie were ridiculous. I lost track of how many trailers they showed. And at $16.25 for two tickets, it wasn't like we got in gratis or anything. And the ads/previews were played LOUD. I mean we're talking eardrum-busting loud.

Before the movie, I got to show Melissa my old Ybor hangout, Market on 7th (aka Demi's Market). We had some pizza and beer there, and while it was a little strange being in there with the sun still up on a non-special event day, it was still nice.

You know what's cool about Melissa? I mean besides the fact that she's a beautiful, intelligent girl. We came back to my place after the movie, hung out, and played chess. It was actually her idea. She might get mad at me for putting this on here, I don't know. But it was fun. She spotted the nice chess set that I have on display that my parents got for me in Mexico several years ago, but which is tough to play with since the bishops are difficult to differentiate from the pawns. So we played with the cheap set I got at Wal-Mart with the checkboard (you know, the chess/checkers 2-in-1 gimmick). Drinking beer and playing chess... sounds strange, I know, but I assure you that it was a good time. It's cool when you can hang with someone and play chess of all things and still have fun.

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