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The Groomsmen
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11.14.2006 By: Quigles
The Groomsmen order
Director:
Edward Burns

Actors:
Edward Burns
Donal Logue
Jay Mohr

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A week before he has to get married to his pregnant wife, Paulie starts getting cold feet. He, alongside his four friends, spends the week figuring out what really matters in life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE GROOMSMEN is a chick flick for dudes. Normally, anything that could be associated with the term "chick flick" would send most moviegoers running for the hills. But this one is a rare breed. It's the good type of chick flick (or, er, "guy-ish flick"?) - one with an actually compelling story, interesting characters, solid filmmaking, and great writing. The entire plot is character-driven, so naturally, the weight of the movie then falls down on the actors... and well, the actors are great. We've got Edward Burns, Donal Logue (from TV's GROUNDED FOR LIFE), Jay Mohr, John Leguizamo, Matthew Lillard, and Brittany Murphy - all of whom play important roles. Talk about an indie film filled with familiar faces.

Each character in the movie is given pretty much equal screen time. They all have their own problems, and are dealing with life in their own way. Instead of becoming a melodramatic soap opera, Burns is able to create, to put it simply, an engaging drama. One that doesn't try to force the tears out of you but pulls you in and gets you to give a shit. The movie also manages to create a sense of caring for its leads, and perfectly handles all their intertwining story arcs. It's not gonna bowl anybody over, but for what it is, it's a great little flick.
THE EXTRAS
Before I get started on the special features, I just want to point out how awful the cover art is. I'm assuming the studios wanted to convince more people to check out the film by giving it the appearance of a comedic "party flick", like the next AMERICAN PIE or something (except involving adults). It even says, "Till death do we PARTY!" under the title. Horrendous. Don't trust the cover - the movie is in fact good.

As for the actual extras, there's some good stuff, but nothing really spectacular.

Audio Commentary (with writer/director/actor Edward Burns): A very detailed and interesting commentary. Burns explains what it was like working with such a low budget, writing the story, working on the set, etc. A fun and in-depth listen.

Deleted Scenes (10:04): There are 5 scenes, all of which are actually pretty good. They add a little more development to the characters (like with Paulie and his dad), and are fun to watch. Check 'em out.

Blooper Reel (7:21): An amusing collection of mistakes and mess-ups. Pretty much what you'd expect.

Jay Mohr: The Outtakes (3:47): This is sort of a continuation from the "Blooper Reel", except focusing entirely on Jay Mohr messing around in certain takes. Funny.

Behind the Scenes (4:44): This is nothing more than a montage of behind-the-scenes footage played to the music of "Four Cheers" by The Blue Jackets (which the music video for is also included).

Also included is the film's Theatrical Trailer and a Music Video - "Four Cheers" by The Blue Jackets.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a movie about 5 long-time friends, one of whom is about to get married and have a baby. Even though their lives seem great, some of them still have many unresolved issues to contend with. Burns masterfully directs, and does a great job of making the audience actually care about what's going on. I'll be honest, I thought this movie was going to bore the hell out of me, but I was pleasantly surprised. An easy rental recommendation.
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