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In a slew of comedy films this year, there have been that had potential, which just ended up being enjoyable like ‘Central Intelligence’, then there have been comedies that just missed the mark like ‘Ride Along 2’ and ‘The Boss’. Can ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ surpass 2016’s comedy curse?
‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’… is essentially… Mike and Dave needing wedding dates for their sister’s wedding… What you expect? A full paragraph summary? Well, I’m just teasing, that’s just the barebones of this film’s plot. The two party animal brothers are just a force for chaos, so they need to bring women to the wedding for the two of them that would put them in check, and that’s where bad girls Alice and Tatiana come in as they try to put on the good girl act so they can get a free trip to Hawaii.
‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ does a lot of things right for a comedy.
1. Zac Efron and Adam DeVine have great chemistry and great comedic timing as two brothers needing dates for their sister’s wedding.
2. Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza have great chemistry and great comedic timing… Wait, have I already said that. I get this sudden feeling of deju-vu right now.
3. Most times, the jokes hit it out of the park… for at least the first two thirds of this movie, but I’ll get into that a bit later in the review.
4. Also, somehow surprisingly, the film is a little bit charming among its four lead actors.
However, there are problems that prevents this comedy from being enjoyable, to being like a comedy classic. The jokes can go very far that becomes awkward and not funny at all, mainly the latter half of this film that’s in there just for the sake of being raunchy, without going into the complications of this scene near the conclusion of the film. It’s like, remember this scene that happened? No? We’re just going to ignore it? Okay then!
‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ has good comedic acting with most jokes hitting your funny bones, however there at times where it is awkward and just doesn’t work as a comedy. However, if you just want to laugh, then you’ll have a good time with it.
I was having a good time up until the film’s shaky third act. It had potential for greatness, but just ended up being an enjoyable time. Still, it is the best comedy film so far this year.
Next stop, ‘Ghostbusters’.