review by Drusilla Blakey
There are films that come along where the story is so out there it makes for a great film. The latest insane true story comes to life in the film Tag starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner with director Jeff Tomsic at the helm. Could this film actually entertain or will it be a game not worth playing?
Tag follows five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing one month every year since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. I was so worried that it was going to be over the top stupid, and it absolutely was - but in such a fun way. This movie had me laughing out loud which doesn't always happen. In fact, during this past year, several comedies come out, but they each seemed to lack a real sense of humor.
This movie is extremely playful and fun. It forces you remember your childhood because as adults we get so wrapped up in work and other 'adult' things. It's nice to see, and gets mentioned in the film, that this group of friends chose to keep this going as a way to stay connected, not just to each other but to their childhood as well. There are some great performances in this film including Jake Johnson, who many will know from the TV series "New Girl". It's really no surprise that he is very funny in this film. His character is a bit crazy and out there but he does an amazing job with physical comedy. Ed Helms continues to bring his amazing humor to the film and I enjoy him because he always combines his great comedic skills with heartfelt emotion; so good!
Another fun person to watch is the sweet Isla Fisher. She is very good and being charming and funny but this time she is a bit more out of her shell and insane! And then, who knew Jon Hamm could be so funny - maybe I have just been dismissing him. And of course, the main focal point of the film centers around hunky Jeremy Renner, who's character has never been tagged. Everyone is doing all they can to tag him and because of this wackiness ensues. It is fun, outrageous, over the top and sometimes plan silly! As I mentioned, I was worried that it was going to be too ridiculous, but I this is what made it so fun and I truly enjoyed it!
Hopefully you will gather up your group of friends and rush out to see this film. It's guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and may even inspire you to play your own game of tag.
This release not only includes the film, but also bonus content including bloopers, deleted scenes, and a featurette that takes you behind the real Tag brothers. Get in on the game with Tag available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.