If you’re looking for a smart, witty comedy, you’ll want to give this movie a miss, for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is about as dumbed down as a funny film can get. Which may come as somewhat of a surprise considering its all-star line-up consists of Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, none of whom are enough to save this feature.
The premise is simple; brothers Mike and Dave (Devine and Efron respectively) are hard partying siblings, living the dream selling tequila. But their outlandish behaviour doesn’t fall well with their relatives as the duo are notorious for ruining family get togethers with their crazy antics. So when their sister Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) announces she’s getting married, their mum and dad (Stephanie Faracy and Stephen Root) demand Mike and Dave find sensible dates to accompany them – and keep them out of trouble.
Unsure of where to begin in finding plus ones, the brothers take out an ad on Craigslist and disguise the wedding as a luxury trip to Hawaii, all expenses paid. When the video goes viral the boys find themselves on The Wendy Williams Show, however they’re left disappointed when every girl they meet is too bad to take to the ceremony.
That is until their chance meeting with Tatiana and Alice (Plaza and Kendrick), who present themselves as the perfect dates, despite actually being crazy party animals who engineered the whole ‘chance’ encounter because they want a wild holiday.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates does stand out in the sense that it’s the women controlling and taking the men for granted, an angle not often seen on the big screen, but this gender swap is ultimately pointless with the way the girls are sexualised throughout. Loosely-adapted from a real Craigslist ad in 2013, writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien appear to have given no depth to their version at all, sticking to clichés like girls getting drunk in bikinis and sex jokes.
This movie marks filmmaker Jake Szymanski’s directorial debut so this could be a reason to let him off for this unorganised flop of a film, but you wonder how it could be so bad with such a comedic cast. The duos, Efron and Devine and Kendrick and Plaza, do have moments where they bounce off each other well, but overall the humour feels a little too forced and even the improv doesn’t feel entirely natural.
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