Ten years after winning the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for his film The Brothers McMullen, writer/director/actor Edward Burns continues to regurgitate the same worn-out themes of love, marriage, friendship and family. With his latest film The Groomsmen, once again, Burns chooses a quaint New York City suburban neighborhood as his setting, while also managing to surround his wooden acting with a decent supporting cast. However, with a script that has more pot holes than the Long Island Expressway, The Groomsmen lacks a tremendous amount of focus, thus leaving its audience desperately in search of an exit.
With only one week left until his wedding, Paulie (Burns) is in a funk. Though they've been together for awhile, according to his friends, the only reason Paulie is marrying Sue (Brittany Murphy) is because he accidentally got her pregnant. Regardless, something is bothering Paulie and, unless he can sort out his issues in one week's time, there's a chance he may make the biggest mistake of his life.
While Sue is off placing the finishing touches on her wedding, as well as preparing their house for the arrival of a new child, Paulie spends this time hanging out with his groomsmen at the local bar, the golf course and the softball field. His lack of enthusiasm towards the future frustrates Sue and the two end up arguing (about the same exact thing) over and over throughout the film. It's this sort of redundancy that ultimately prevents The Groomsmen from rising above the surface. Instead, Burns chooses to drown his characters in repetitive dialogue until, eventually, the lights come on and you realize an hour and a half of your life has just been wasted.