I suspect we all loved the now classic film, The Wedding Crashers, right?
A tale of two men who haven’t quite grown up and exploit the strung-out heartstrings of young women at weddings because they haven’t quite realised how terrible they are, and thus mar their very potential we see in occasional glimpses?
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson worked together in a partnership that enhanced the comedic qualities of the other, making The Wedding Crashers a resounding success.
Well I hope that rubs off on Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, a movie that sees Zac Efron and Adam Devine team up in a story that I am decidedly calling Wedding Crashers 2.0.
Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are young, adventurous, fun-loving brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. When their sister Jeanie (Stephanie Beard) reveals her Hawaiian wedding plans, the rest of the Stangles insist that the brothers bring respectable dates. After placing an ad on Craigslist, the siblings decide to pick Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), two charming and seemingly normal women. Once they arrive on the island, however, Mike and Dave realise that their companions are ready to get wild and party.
Remember how I said in the Central Intelligence review that there’s high-brow humour and then there’s some comedies that aren’t there to revolutionise the screen, but provide a great and fun experience?
That’s Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.
It’s not fresh, but it is a new journey through classic tropes of the last 20 years of comedy. Crass, crude and pushing boundaries simply because it can, Mike & Dave had me in stitches. Kicking in the beat with an intro-sequence reminiscent of the Crashers classic ‘Shout’ opener, it hits the drum as hard as it can after. Devine and Efron are perfect foils for one another, with Efron’s nicer, creative Dave offsetting the clear insanity of Mike, who Devine has clearly studied a masterclass for.
Plaza and Kendrick perform perfectly as the mirror-images of Devine and Efron, often outclassing them with their “NO F**KS” attitude and wild antics.
With jokes influenced by pop-culture, the film even finds itself going full-blown meta by referencing the aforementioned Wedding Crashers.
Sure it’s nothing original, but it’s fun and I think we forget to have that when features simply play it safe. Because if safe is a retread over tropes as fun as the ones that Mike & Dave took, then I’ll gladly take the same road for hilarious Jurassic Park references and dick jokes.
Mike & Dave Need Weeding Dates is a "Love It Or Hate It" kind of film, where if you love it, you're treated to a hilarious time involving all sorts of crazy sh*t including hilarious Dilophasaurus jokes.