'Wedding Ringer' is a winner

January 16, 2015 8:07 AM

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"The Wedding Ringer" is "Wedding Crashers Redux," a "Hangover Lite" that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart's persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps "Ringer" work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy.

Like "Crashers," it's built on a killer conceit. It's about a guy who hires himself out as a rent-a-best man. Jimmy Callahan (Hart) rescues grooms who have failed to create and hang onto long-term friendships. In our overworked and digitally-isolated culture,who has time for a "posse," "my boys," or...

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