MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

Directed by: – Jake Szymanski

Produced by: – Peter Chernin, Jonathan Levine, David Ready, Jenno Topping

Starring: – Zac Effron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root, Stephanie Beard, Stephanie Faracy, Sam Richardson, Alice Wetterlund, Kumail Nanjiani, Jake Johnson, Wendy Williams, Branscombe Richmond, Chloe Bridges

Runtime: – 98minutes (1hr 38mins)

 They needed hot dates. They got hot messes.

Picture this, a film featuring comedic talent in the guise of Adam DeVine of Workaholics infamy; the weird and wonderful Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation, fan favourite Anna Kendrick of the Pitch Perfect series and finally Zac Effron, a tween heart throb who has evolved into an extremely attractive man with comedic chops. This concoction is also directed by Jake Szymanski, a man who is known to have directed several segments of Saturday Night Live. He also comes armed with a script written by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’ Brien of the Bad Neighbours films. This on paper sounds like the perfect recipe for an extremely funny movie.

Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Zac Effron & Adam DeVine provide the pieces for a good comedy.

Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Zac Effron & Adam DeVine provide the pieces for a good comedy.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates follows the Stangle brothers, Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave (Zac Effron) two affable but ultimately irresponsible brothers that get ordered by their sister Jeanie (Stephanie Beard) and their parents that it is imperative that they bring respectable dates to her wedding in Hawaii in order to be kept in check given their past record of causing all sorts of mayhem in family functions.

Meet Mike & Dave

Meet Mike & Dave.

It gets crazier as they meet two girls who are crazier than them called Alicia (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) after they place an ad on Craigslist. They trick the brothers to think that they are good girls and perfect Wedding date candidates as a ploy to take them on a trip to Hawaii. After the pair makes great first impressions on the rest of the Stangle family, things begin to peel as the girls begin to reveal their true colours to the brothers and this creates an insane situation for the guys. And girls. With that established lets take a look at the positive and negatives of this flick.

PROS

  • Let’s start of with the Stangle brothers Mike and Dave who are portrayed by Adam Devine and Zac Effron respectively. I really got a kick out of their chemistry and it was genuinely believable that they are indeed brothers. Zac Effron has managed to form another good relationship with a great comedian like he did with Seth Rogen in Bad Neighbours. Even Zac gets a good few laughs and continues to show his rise as a comedian. Out of the brothers, Adam DeVine gets the most opportunity to shine especially when Mike begins to lose his sanity in the film. In those moments we get to see Adam DeVine’s signature mannerisms that made him a memorable part of workaholics as he becomes enraged and belittles himself quite often. Hopefully this performance will help Adam DeVine out.
  • Continuing on the topic of chemistry, the rapport between Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza is another highlight of this film. I think it’s even better than their male co-stars as they play off each other extremely well and cause most of the mayhem in this film. Its refreshing to see Anna Kendrick who is generally known for playing well adjusted characters, play a crazy gal who is ultimately vulnerable as a result of her ex-fiancée leaving her in the altar. Aubrey Plaza’s Tatiana is packed with Aubrey’s usual dry and confrontational wit and she gets involved in some of the film’s most audacious moments, one of which isn’t safe for work. She is also has great chemistry with Adam DeVine as both their characters are ultimately self- destructive.
  • One thing I appreciate in this film is the fact that our characters our given arcs which ultimately make them more vulnerable and relatable as a result. We can relate to Mike’s sibling rivalry with Dave and his insecurities. We can identify with Alice’s reluctance to move on from a painful moment. We can empathize with Tatiana’s struggle to accept reality and grow up and we also been in Dave’s position of career choices.
  • Having watching Bad Moms before I got to this movie, one thing I appreciate about this movie is how bold it was with its gags. Some of them aren’t safe for work and many will leave you on floor with laughter. You will definitely get a lot of laugh out loud moments with this one. Craziest one that sticks to mind is the sequence when Mike accidentally hits his sister in the face with a quad bike.
Alice and Tatiana are looking to cause mayhem.

Alice and Tatiana are looking to cause mayhem.

CONS

  • The chemistry between Zac Effron and Anna Kendrick’s characters is a little weak compared to the other half of the duo. This is a shame as the two actors are extremely good looking actors that are on the top of their game and this on paper should have worked.
  • This movie doesn’t try to shake things up with its plot, which as a result means the movie is fairly predictable and you’ll know how it ends.
  • Some jokes in my honest opinion miss the mark. Also it doesn’t keep us giggling throughout, as the movie prefers to save its laughs for the big moments. I personally think that the perfect balance arises when the movie can consistently make us giggle and make us laugh loud in major moments.

 

Hawaii provides the back drop for the mayhem

Hawaii provides the perfect  backdrop for the mayhem.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a comedy that comes packed with solid performances from the big names attached to it. It manages to be lewd and audacious as well as strangely relatable but unfortunately it is predictable and a little low on laughs during the film’s quieter moments. Despite this it ends up being an enjoyable film.

RATING: – WATCH AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE

 

 

 

Olisa Nwokedi
About The Author
- Olisa is an Aberystwyth University law graduate and Fordham University School of Law Masters graduate who was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 2016. He enjoys playing and watching rugby, writing, watching movies, playing video-games and Shark wrestling.......... that last part was fiction.