Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
review by Bobby Blakey
R rated comedies have made a great comeback over the last couple of years bringing some really great entries to the genre, but with the good is the bad. The latest Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates teams up a great cast including Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, and Stephen Root, but does it pack in the over the top laughs or will it be a wedding that should have never been planned?
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates follows hard-partying brothers Mike and Dave who place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo. The trailers for this film were pretty hit and miss, but thankfully it managed to deliver more laughs than just what they showed in the trailers. Efron and Devine are great together bringing the perfect brotherly chemistry to their partnership and come together as almost like one person all while still having their own separate personalities. While the movie is in theory theirs to lead both Kendrick and Plaza rack up just as much of the screen time and perfect pair as the boys. Both duos offer up their own hilarious moments between them as well as come together to bring even more. All the cast do a great job, but it’s these four that really bring it all together and all seem to be having a great time. Sure there is a pretty clichéd theme here as you know where the overall story is going to ultimately go, but they make sure to spray this film with a variety of laugh out loud gags and over the top humor to keep you entertained. Surprisingly there are a couple of the jokes from the trailers not here and replaced with some even better ones which is pretty rare these days. The set-up of the story is kind of silly so you have to buy into the nonsense but at the same time with all the internet stars out there it might not be as farfetched as you think.
In the end this film isn’t breaking down any new comedy walls, but it does manage to offer up a hilarious fun time with just amount of heart to please. If you are fans of any involved or still on the fence about them then check it out as you get to see sides to some of the cast you haven’t seen before and it works great. If you are not a fan of the raunchier comedies then this one just might not be for you.