THE WEDDING CRASHERS….I’m about to go on vacation for a week, and in the spirit of winding down before I do here’s a quickie review of The Wedding Crashers.

First impression: This is a gut bustingly funny movie for about 45 minutes. Really. I laughed about as hard as I have in any movie for the past couple of years. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are terrific.

Second impression: Unfortunately, as in so many movies like this, the filmmakers then decide that they have to slow down the comedy and inject some supposedly genuine emotion into the love stories at the heart of the plot. There are still a few good jokes throughout the rest of the movie, but for the most part it just turns into cliched pap. I have no idea why Hollywood insists on doing this. What’s wrong with just making a flat out comedy?

So: go see it for the first 45 minutes and then use the rest of the time to take a nap. It’s a twofer!