Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates
The fact that I left the theatre thinking “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is not really my cup of tea” pretty much proves I’m way too much of a prude to review this film fairly.
With a history of ruining past family gatherings (rather spectacularly) , Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave Stangle (Zac Efron) receive an ultimatum from their family – they must bring respectable dates to their sister Jeanie’s (Stephanie Beard) wedding to Eric (Sam Richardson) in Hawaii to keep them in line.
After their quest to find dates goes viral, Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), two unstable and rowdy best friends, stage a run-in with the brothers, impersonating the nice girls they’re in search of for a free trip. Chaos commences.
You’re allowed to mock me for this, but I actually went in thinking this was a chick flick. I hadn’t watched any trailers, all I knew was that Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick were in it…so it’s got to be funny in a cute way right?
Things started off well. Marc Maron had a cameo in the opening scene and my hopes soared! I’ve got to stop trusting that guy. I could even handle and laugh at how ridiculously crass and crazy Plaza and Kendrick were, watching them impersonate ‘respectable’ and intelligent individuals was genuinely entertaining – especially the way they went about meeting the brothers.
Then the four arrive in Hawaii and things very quickly go downhill (or uphill depending on your movie preferences). After a horrific accident on a family outing destroys the bride’s face, shortly followed by a bizarre sexual encounter during a massage, I realised to my horror that the movie truly was a gross-out buddy comedy.
To be fair, as far as this genre of film is concerned, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates would be up there with the best of them. I was surprised that the ladies in this film were by far the grossest characters. Zac Efron’s Dave was almost boring in comparison to Aubrey Plaza’s Tatiana and Adam Devine’s Mike was flat out annoying at times. Anna Kendrick as Alice kind of see-sawed between nice and normal to drugged up and depressive.
I don’t want to spoil anything for you, because I’m sure the shock of many of the scenes is part of the appeal – I know it forced several anxiety-induced giggles out of my mouth! I also don’t know how to accurately rate this movie. I was almost ready to walk out, but many people were exclaiming in the foyer afterwards ‘THAT WAS AMAZING!’.
Let’s just leave it at that.
Rating: R16 Sex scenes, nudity, drug use & offensive language.
If you’re expecting a star rating you obviously didn’t read the review.