The Groomsmen
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Five longtime friends enjoy a few days of celebratory carousing as they try to forget their adult responsibilities in this slice-of-life comedy drama from director/writer/actor Edward Burns. Paulie (Burns) is a working-class guy from Long Island who has learned that his longtime girlfriend (Brittany Murphy) is pregnant, and he decides he should do the right thing and marry her. Paulie has asked several of his best friends to stand with him at the wedding, and shortly before the big day, they get together at a local watering hole to give Paulie a proper send-off. Over the course of a weekend,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is the movie I believe Burns has been trying to make since The Brothers McMullen, 11 years ago."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"In a film of minor ambition, [the characters are] all worthy company."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Writer/director Ed Burns adds a droopy fourth chapter to his Irish-American working class films..."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It appears that as a filmmaker Burns is having as much difficulty maturing as his characters do."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The Groomsmen, while as corny as a Staten Island marriage proposal, rings true on many levels."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Traffics in such familiar territory as sibling rivalries, generational estrangements and broken dreams. But it slowly, sometimes too slowly, connects with the viewer."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"The problem is that Burns -- who insists on writing all his own material -- isn't a very good writer."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Secure in its indie identity and wholly entertaining, The Groomsmen deserves hordes of filmgoers seeking quality alternatives to the bigger summer pictures."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Its realistic portrayal of an almost extinct small-town dynamic between friends and family is not to be missed."
‑ Mark Bell, Film Threat
"What this is, is a typical film about nothing, which is what Burns likes to do best."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Instead of whimsy there's nastiness, and instead of promising newcomers there's a cluster of formerly hot actors gone cold."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A standard big-weekend-where- friends-gather-and- everyone-has- a-secret movie."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Ed Burns repeats himself in his familiar territory about people who are young and stupid."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"With the exception of the reliably wooden Burns, the ensemble is terrific."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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