Sometimes we need a middle of the road comedy movie to lighten our mood. Something simple and easy to watch that gives us a couple of laughs but doesn’t stay with us afterwards. Movies like Walk of Shame, Role Models and Just Go With It come to mind, flicks that aren’t particularly “good” but do their job on an evening where you just want to switch off and not think too hard. Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates is, my friends, one of those kinds of comedy films.
Jake Szymanski (7 Days In Hell) directs and Brendan O’Brien and Andrew Jay Cohen (Bad Neighbours, Bad Neighbours 2) write, so based on the films written by those guys, you can guess the kind of humour on offer here. It is along those exact lines, and so it will likely have a wide appeal.
Zac Efron (Bad Neighbours, High School Musical) plays Dave, Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect) plays Mike, and together they are brothers who are used to “playing the field” and disappointing their parents with their wild antics. Their sister, Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) is getting married in Hawaii and she, along with her husband-to-be, Eric (Sam Richardson) and their parents, Burt (Stephen Root) and Rosie (Stephanie Faracy) tell Mike and Dave that they are only allowed to attend the wedding if they find suitable dates and keep out of trouble in the process. When Jeanie offers them pleading eyes they accept and go about posting an advert on Craigslist to find dates. Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) are, muchlike Mike and Dave, wild and crude, but when they see the ad they decide they need a vacation to Hawaii to realign their souls,, and so they trick Dave and Mike into “randomly” meeting, and it isn’t long before the two guys invite the two women. The four of them head to Hawaii and the true personalities begin to come to the surface. Wackiness ensues.
It’s not a surprising turn of events. The plot is what you expect it to be, and you can pretty much guess how the movie is going to end when it’s only just begun. This is true of so many comedy films nowadays though, smart comedy is a rare animal in the modern age, and it’s a shame. Anyway, enough about smart comedy, I was talking about this film.
The cast are pretty good here. Anna Kendrick is an actress I really enjoy, and she has done some damn fine stuff in the past. This won’t go down as something to look back on when a career retrospective is done. Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation, The To-Do List) is someone else I quite enjoy, and she plays her usual snarky and edgy character here. Efron and Devine have a good chemistry as Mike and Dave and they look like they’re having a blast.
I enjoyed parts of this movie for what it was. It was stupid, ridiculous and predictable, but I don’t think it tries to be otherwise. The cast are fine and there are laughs to be found. Sometimes the jokes fall flat and other times the movie tries to shock in ways that just aren’t shocking any more. It has all been done and said, and so it suffers from a case of “been there, done that” which many similar comedy flicks find themselves suffering from nowadays.
If you want to throw on a film that will give you a giggle or two and has a very likeable cast, then this is a fine choice, but don’t expect anything fresh or groundbreaking. It is just middle of the road.
2.75 out of 5