Respective problems trouble family and friends (Jay Mohr, Donal Logue) as they gather to celebrate the impending wedding of the groom (Edward Burns).
" The Groomsmen may be low-cal Cassavetes or Secrets and Lies for mooks, but Burns knows his turf. The marvel is that after seven films he's still finding fresh grass. "
" As time goes by, the supposedly everyday middleclass lifestyles effortlessly enjoyed by his regular Joes begin to seem suspiciously like the province of the idle rich. "
" You have to suffer through a lot of down time in The Groomsmen to get to the good stuff. "
" The problem is that Burns -- who insists on writing all his own material -- isn't a very good writer. "
" The revelations aren't all that surprising and the build-up isn't all that interesting. At least not as interesting as watching Lillard, of all people, persuasively playing the most evolved and serene of this clique. "
" The Groomsmen captures a single, specific moment, when responsibilities await but adulthood is still unwelcome. If their predicament strikes a chord, you may want to join Burns' boys for their final hurrah. "
" The Groomsmen, set in suburban New York, is a more serioso gloss on [common] guy themes. "
" Traffics in such familiar territory as sibling rivalries, generational estrangements and broken dreams. But it slowly, sometimes too slowly, connects with the viewer. "
" The movie snaps sharply to life every now and then, and its unfashionable decency really gets to you. "
" In a film of minor ambition, [the characters are] all worthy company. "
" Burns remains an enigma: After six features, it's still impossible to tell if he's a filmmaker with something to say or merely one of the longest-running novelty acts in modern movies. "
" This is the movie I believe Burns has been trying to make since The Brothers McMullen, 11 years ago. "
" Edward Burns paints a scathing portrait of raucous high school buddies clutching at their rock n roll glory days as they push 35. "
" Instead of whimsy there's nastiness, and instead of promising newcomers there's a cluster of formerly hot actors gone cold. "
" Edward Burns' best riff yet on guys trying to sort out their feelings about women. "
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