- Release Date: July 8, 2016
- Genre: Comedy
- Director: Jake Szymanksi
- Running Time: 98 Mins
About two weeks ago I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (In Theaters Now) a film I had seen several trailers for and wanted to see prior to getting passes for a screening considering I was a fan of the four main actors and their previous work. The film features Zac Efron (Neighbors) and Adam Devine (Workaholics) as two hard-partying and unintentionally destructive brothers who are given an ultimatum after their family has had enough of their shenanigans: find good girls to bring to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii or else they can’t go and won’t be allowed to attend family events anymore. Enter Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) who are far from the “saint-like” girls the boys expected but pretend to be anyway for the sake of a free vacation to help Alice (Kendrick) get over her heartbreak.
All of the cast worked extremely well together on screen and had wonderfully authentic chemistry and comedic timing. Each of their characters offered a different type of comedy. From the apathetic and always confused Dave (Efron) and the over-zealous and physical comedy of Mike (Devine) and Tatianna (Plaza) to the heartbroken, over-sharing Alice (Kendrick) this film did a great job at keeping any of the characters from going stale.
There were only a few issues I encountered with the film. I’m not quite sure if the screening I saw was an edited version, but the first half hour of the film seemed to happen just a little too fast. If this was just the screening I attended, then pay no mind, however if it isn’t then there is a slight issue with pacing in the beginning of the film which kind of just throws you into the life of Mike and Dave with minimal set-up. Another issue I found was Tatianna’s (Plaza) accent/diction that seemed to disappear in the later parts of the movie. Especially in contrast to when she is in the bar as a server, versus when she is in Hawaii. If this was a character quirk, I couldn’t find any explanation in the film to back it up.
Overall, the film was a lot better than I had thought it was going to be—and I had gone in with high expectations already. There were many parts where I laughed out loud such as when Mike and Dave’s sister is getting a special massage thanks to Alice’s good intentions, and a particularly hilarious scene in the steam room between Tatianna and their cousin. The story, although somewhat abrupt in the beginning, was fresh and great fun to watch unfold and I’m thankful for having had the opportunity to see it.
DISCLAIMER: I attended a free advance screening of this film courtesy of the studio and GoFobo. I have not been compensated in any way to write this review, these are my own honest and authentic opinions.