Wednesday, September 14, 2016

'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' Is a Serviceable Comedy Movie

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a comedy about party-loving brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) whose antics tend to cause trouble during family gatherings.   With their sister Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) Hawaiian wedding coming soon, their family orders them to bring respectable dates so that they will be obliged to behave during the occasion.  The brothers begins their search by placing an ad on Craigslist, which goes viral and even results to them appearing on a talk show.

Meanwhile, Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) are slacking, party-loving bestfriends who have just been fired from their waitressing job.  They see the brothers on TV and realize that the free Hawaiian vacation is exactly what they need.  They pose as well-educated, upright girls and succeed in charming the boys to choose and invite them.  However, once they arrive at Hawaii, the girls’ true colors gradually become apparent.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates isn’t a terrific comedy, but it hits more than misses with its jokes.  All of the lead stars – Efron, Devine, Kendrick, and Plaza – have proven in previous movies that they can be legitimately funny.  This movie isn’t their best work, but they still did okay here.

I really don’t have much to say about this movie.  It’s just… all right – serviceable enough to give some laughs and entertain to an extent.  Maybe if it had been more clever and heartfelt and less crude and tawdry, it could have been a great comedy.

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