Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates
Directed by: Jake Szymanski
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Actors I Care About: Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron
Other Important Actors: Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Alice Wetterlund
Expectation: 2.5/5 – fun but kinda dumb
Rating: 4/5 – fun, funny, and a silly summer movie
Disclaimer: I saw a free screening through Alamo Drafthouse‘s Victory Rewards Program
If you’re looking for a movie about the deep philosophical musings of future geniuses, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for a movie that’s full of frat-boy joke, raunchy jokes, and a flippant attitude for the summer, here it is!
Semi-based on the real-life shenanigans of the Stangle brothers, Mike & Dave is basically a lesser Wedding Crashers without the annoyance of Will Ferrell appearances (I’m not a fan). I wasn’t expecting grand scenes of, well anything, but there were many moments when I had to stop eating/drinking since I value my life and didn’t want to choke to death. It’s a lot of tongue-in-cheek and raunchy jokes, sometimes bordering on “too much” but taking it for what it is, they all work. From the obscenity of a sauna encounter to the absurdity of that massage, from the doubt that comes with make-up coverage to the “I could understand that” mentality of what a person would do for Rihanna tickets, Mike & Dave run the gamut of hilarity.
Like many movies of the genre, the majority of moviegoers won’t be buying a ticket for acting chops, but that’s not to say there aren’t any to be seen. Zac Efron plays a somewhat more responsible brother – the one that maybe wants to be better but can’t seem to let go of the bro-mode life. Sure, he’s pretty to look at, and shows some perfect abs a time or two, but I also appreciated his ability to slow down in the more serious scenes with Anna Kendrick. I’m not a huge fan of Adam Devine in that I find him to be a younger, lesser Will Ferrell type of actor – that is, I find they try to hard, go too big, and end up being cringe-worthy. But that’s me. Both Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza were fun to watch. Both characters had personal emotional problems which eked out into their crazy antics in a way that was believable.
But the scene(s)-stealer is flat out Alice Wetterlund as cousin Terry, a sassy no-holds-barred lesbian who knows all the right people. I waited for her to appear on the screen again. I loved every moment she had a line. Basically, I loved her. Period.
Look, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates won’t win any awards. It won’t be nominated for the big ones (though they can probably hold out for an MTV Movie Award if those are still in existence). To be honest, you probably won’t remember what happened in this movie a couple of months after you’ve seen it. But for now? It’s a fun, pervy summer flick that will go great with a beer and some chips & salsa. Or a wedding cake because everything is better with cake.
Go see the movie, if only to see the wonders of Jurassic Park and to find out why I named this blog what I did. You may just thank me. Or hate me. The verdict is still out.Submitted in: 2016, The Red Carpet |