"As long as humiliation comedy makes people laugh, Vince Vaughn will have no problem finding a job," writes Nancy Mills of The New York Daily News. Vaughn stars in "Wedding Crashers." He stars as a nearing 40 adolescent who shows up at weddings to which he isn't invited, in order to meet women and seduce them.
Still single at 35, Vaughn admits there may be some typecasting in these roles of men who aren't quite ready for marriage. He confessed to the London Free Press that he's a confirmed bachelor, for now at least. "I like down time by myself. That's asking a lot of a woman. I had a girlfriend who liked to include me in every decision. She'd ask me questions about color schemes and furniture. I don't like being asked questions. Instead of explaining that, I'd do mental shut-offs -- and that's real mean."
He's mainly focused on his career, looking for character-driven comedy, not just movies that are essentially funny scene after funny scene stitched together. And he's wary of typecasting, and over-exposure. Vince "knows that overexposure will kill the golden goose," film critic Leonard Maltin told Mills.
"I don't think weddings make women desperate, but I think they are more open to a guy's advances," Vaughn told Mills. "I think weddings are a good place to score."
Vaughn and sidekick Owen Wilson recognize that they could come across as pathetic in this movie. They are basically kids who refuse to grow up. They have turned wedding crashing into a sport, "complete with aliases, back stories and a long list of rules they must both abide by," writes The London Free Press. Aside from picking up girls, er women, they seek to "get lots of action and reap the benefits of free food and entertainment. As you might expect, their plans of non-committal ultimately falter when (Vaughn's character) meets the woman of his dreams, Claire Cleary (Rachel McAdams). The only problem is, he's done nothing but lie to her ever since their first meeting."
Formulaic plot, you might say. But Vaughn's charm, hopes director David Dobkin, will pull it off at the box office. This is Vaughn's first chance in the movies to "bring his full manic, crazy, fun energy to a movie. Vince is definitely the fireworks in the film." Dobkin told The New York Daily News.
Romantic comedy seems to be his niche. From "Swingers" (1996) to "Wedding Crashers," he's now filming "The Break Up," with Jennifer Aniston, about a couple who is divorcing, but is forced to share the condo they purchased together. "I love Neil Simon's 'The Odd Couple' and that's how I see Jennifer's and my characters in this movie," he says.