Movie Review – Mike and Dave

As the title suggests, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The fraternal screw-ups Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave Stengel (Zac Efron) have a penchant for ruining family functions. Their antics usually are based on good intentions but, go horribly wrong. In trying to avoid another Christmas gone awry (R.I.P. Grandpa Stengel), Stengel patriarch Burt (Stephen Root) has new rules for the Bros, relating to sister Jeanie’s (Stephanie Beard) Hawaiian wedding. Find respectable date or else. With the ever-growing list of online dating sites available, the duo post on Craigslist and advertise on The Wendy Williams Show about their plight. Their tv appearance draws the interest of hundreds of women (and a few men). Tatianna (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) are two slackers in desperate need of a vacation from their lives of pizza bites and recreational drug use; the girls swindle their way into the Hawaiian vacation. 

Loosely based on a true story, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a paint by numbers R Rated comedy. The film tries very hard to be an edgy comedy, when it should’ve been a date movie. Luckily Plaza and Kendrick more than carry the film, which is just different enough to not be called a ‘Wedding Crashers’ knockoff. I’m not opposed to raunchy R rated comedies, but most seem to be apples not falling far from the ‘Superbad’ tree. There are a few chuckles with Mike and Dave but ultimately, it’s nothing that hasn’t been seen before. A shame, considering how well the main players work together. 

 

Verdict: C-

Rated: R @ 98 Mins

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