Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Review
Mike and Dave Needs Wedding Dates will not redefine the comedy genre, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the ride. This comedy is entertaining, brash, and a good movie to kick back and relax too (if you enjoyed the trailer).
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates at its soul is just another raunchy comedy set at a wedding; the trailer tells you what the story is going to be, but that is not the reason you are going to see this movie. You are going to see Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates because of the actors/actresses performing and the crazy situations they will find themselves in. But you have been burned before, did you see all of the best scenes in the trailer or is there more than the eye can see?
As you know from the trailer (and movie title), Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stangle are brothers who have a history of mischief. The movie begins with their parents essentially performing an intervention before their sister, Jeanie’s wedding. If Mike and Dave are allowed to go to Jeanie’s wedding, they are required to go with a date so that their mischief can be managed. They, like anyone of us would do, decide to post their situation to Craigslist and look for potential suitors. The Craigslist ad goes viral, and after a scene of weeding through the worst candidates, Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) plot to get a free trip to Hawaii from Mike and Dave. As you could imagine, they get that trip to Hawaii and keep up their nice girl act up for long enough, but eventually these girls can’t keep their own mischief out of sight any longer and chaos ensues.
The story for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates kicks off very fast. Seriously, they spend no time at all cutting to the chase. Before you know it, the characters are at the wedding in Hawaii and that is where the fun really happens. The story is very simple and it doesn’t attempt to try to fool you to think otherwise. So let me reiterate this again, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is not going to blow you away with the story. The trailer tells you exactly what is going to happen and shares some fun moments from the movie, but there is so much more where that comes from. Because while the story is predictable, it is the individual lines of the script that will keep you entertained. I am willing to take a bet that the best lines in this movie were completely improvised, the number of off-the-cuff remarks simply cannot be planned out ahead of time. These off-the-cuff remarks were very reminiscent to Seth Rogen movies like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express. But these lines weren’t just sprinkled in to serve a shocking moment, overall most off-the-cuff lines did further the character development as well. For example, towards the beginning you quickly see from Adam Devine and Zac Efron improvising with each other that they really care for their sister and will do anything to make her happy.
Adam Devine did not disappoint in this movie and I’m quite sure his writing expertise from Workaholics leaked into this script. For better or worse, Adam Devine’s Mike Stangle feels very reminiscent to his Workaholics character, Adam DeMamp. Personally, for better because I love Workaholics and if you did too, you will love his performance. But if you don’t like Workaholics, well… I’m not quite sure what attracted you to Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates in the first place. If you fall into the latter category, this movie will drag on because Adam seems to have a halo effect on the other characters. Every character has the Adam Devine signature, off-the-cuff improvised WTF moment.
The chemistry between Adam Devine and Zac Efron is entertaining but more importantly genuine. These characters have tons of fun with each other and it is clear Adam and Zac as people did as well. They played off each other very well as you saw in the trailer, but will see as the movie goes on. But at no point did I believe I was watching Dave or Mike Stangle on screen, the actors beneath the roles were obvious (especially given their past work), but in this movie I think that can be forgiven. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates isn’t attempting to redefine the genre, it’s just a movie to turn your brain off to and enjoy.
Lastly on performance, I have to mention the chemistry between Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza is extremely genuine as well. The cast must have had a massive retreat to get to know each other, because it really feels like they have known each other for years and are just having fun on set. Beyond that though, I don’t have much more to say about these two. They were very entertaining to watch, but Adam and Zac kind of stole the show from them.
In summary, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a fun movie to see this summer. It doesn’t get too complicated, you feel like you are watching old friends, and if you are of the right crowd the script is down-right hilarious. Honestly, go watch the trailer for this movie, it spoils very little and if you enjoy it, there is so much more where that came from.