I’ve always taken pride in the fact that I can have a sort of sixth sense about a movie. I can watch the trailer and tell if a movie is going to be awful or excellent.
I’ve been wrong before, most notably with Mad Max: Fury Road, which I thought would be pathetic (it was incredible). I’ve also been right many, many times. I thought Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates was going to be good, but I was so wrong.
This movie is one of the most ridiculous films of the entire year. These days, comedies seem to think that the more dick jokes you make or the weirder you act, the funnier it’s going to be. Take Seth Rogen movies, for example. There is some genuine humor in there, but it’s surrounded by potty humor that needs to be flushed. As talented as these stars are, they deserve so much better.
The film centers around Mike and Dave (Adam Devine and Zac Efron), based on real people, who need to bring classy girls to their sister’s wedding. They always go to events together, and it wrecks the party. Mike and Dave put an ad on Craiglist, and they finally attract the attention of Alice and Tatiana (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza). As composed as the girls seem to act, all goes to hell because everyone is an idiot.
But hey, props for giving the sister a black fiance and not making a big deal out of it. The world does not change in leaps forward, but with quiet steps ahead. They also cast a woman who is the future spawn of Justin Bieber and Ellen Degeneres, and they play her for some awkward laughs, so maybe they weren’t trying to be progressive.
As far as the humor goes, it’s like I said above. This film is stuffed to bursting with forced references, predictable scenarios, and oddity for the sake of it. Did they just make it up as they went along? I truly got the feeling that the stars did not sign on because of the script, but for, sadly, the chance to film in Hawaii. I can’t blame them, but I’m disappointed.
To its credit, Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron do have some adorable chemistry. Their story, by some miracle, is actually something to root for. Give them a better film, and it might be a classic. The rest of the brilliant stars are just wasted.
You might laugh a couple times, as I did—or more if you think your drunk aunts are funny. This is hardly original humor, and yet… it’s kind of endearing. It’s like the films we made in middle school, but with nicer cameras. This movie is so bad, you just might enjoy it.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is in theaters now. Just see Wedding Crashers.