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The Groomsmen
Directed by Edward Burns
Produced by Edward Burns
Philippe Martinez
Aaron Lubin
Margot Bridger
Written by Edward Burns
Starring Edward Burns
John Leguizamo
Matthew Lillard
Donal Logue
Jay Mohr
Brittany Murphy
Jessica Capshaw
Music by Robert Gary
Howard Drossin
P.T. Walkley
Cinematography William Rexer II
Editing by Jamie Kirkpatrick
Distributed by Bauer Martinez Entertainment
Release date(s) July 14, 2006
Running time 93 minutes
Language English

The Groomsmen is a 2006 comedy film written and directed by Edward Burns. It opened in New York and Los Angeles on July 14, 2006.

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Plot

A groom and his four groomsmen wrestle with issues such as fatherhood, homosexuality, honesty and growing up in the week leading up to his wedding.

Paulie (Burns), a self-supporting writer, is making plans for his marriage to Sue (Murphy), his girlfriend who is in her 5th month of pregnancy. In real-life, Burns' then girlfriend, supermodel Christy Turlington, was also five months pregnant when they married in June 2003. Christy inspired Burns to re-work the manuscript for this movie, which he hadn't worked on in many months.

Paulie is strongly advised by his older brother Jimbo (Logue) to not go through with the wedding. Jimbo, who runs a struggling business, is envious of Paulie, partly because his own childless marriage is unraveling.

T.C. (Leguizamo), who left the neighborhood without explanation eight years earlier, returns for the wedding. Apparently, before leaving, T.C. had stolen a Tom Seaver baseball card from Paulie's cousin Mike (Mohr). Mike still harbors such resentment over the loss that he immediately starts a fight with T.C. Later, T.C. hesitantly reveals that he abruptly left the neighborhood because he's gay and that he stole Mike's card because, even though they were best friends, he hated him for his constant gay bashing.

The neighborhood bar is owned by Dez (Lillard), who is married with two children and is the most content and functional member of the gang. He is continually trying to "get the band back together". He has even pushed his own sons into learning the guitar and is seen riding them to become better.

Jessica Capshaw has a small role in this film. Her step-father, Steven Spielberg, directed Ed in Saving Private Ryan.

Donal Logue went on to appear in Burns' film Purple Violets.

Brittany Murphy also appeared in Burns' film Sidewalks of New York.

John Mahoney, whose part was cut in this film, appeared in Burns' film She's The One.

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Box office

The film garnered mixed reviews and only managed a limited release of 26 theaters in the US. It grossed less than one million dollars foreign and domestic.

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