Purple-Hearted Wedding Crashers


The assault by veterans groups on the tacky plot line of “Wedding Crashers,” wherein the principal characters use fake Purple Hearts as babe magnets, will result in even more attention to the smash comedy hit ($80.9 million in ten days). It wasn’t enough that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were anointed on the cover of Rolling Stone as the new Belushi and Aykroyd.

Now a little controversy, to which New Line Cinema has yet to respond, will give the film some legs. Should the offended groups not have raised the issue? Of course they should have. But they should know that their public castigation keeps the comedy in the news during its vital second and third week of release.