Two bros go on the hunt but meet their match in two wild women who deserve a better movie.
Not nearly as subversive or exhilaratingly rude as 2005’s Wedding Crashers (already a cringe-comedy classic), this similar romp takes the earlier movie’s best joke—Isla Fisher’s secretly wild party girl—and turns it into the main course. Brociferous man-children Mike (Adam Devine, shouty) and Dave (Zac Efron, pouty) may require dates for their younger sister’s destination wedding, as their dad demands of them. But it’s Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) who steal away the brothers’ story. Frequently drunk and proudly unkempt, the female roomies home in on the gents’ all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii (an offer that goes viral) by pretending to be good girls.
That turns out to be particularly hard for them, and the film shines when it’s powered by the expert comic wattage of its second-billed stars. (Alice and Tatiana need a new title.) Raiding their own wardrobes, they discover they lack nonscandalous undergarments; Plaza, who’s long possessed the iciest stare in stand-up, leans into her character’s phony teaching career while Kendrick is finally free of her Pitch Perfect primness, dropping ecstasy with the bride.
You never quite believe these women belong with Devine and Efron’s Hollywood-generic douche bags—it feels like a failure of the script, if not the entire industry. Regardless, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates follows a sturdy trajectory toward incipient maturity (and ceremonial catastrophe). If you don’t think about it too hard, you won’t hate it.
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|Release date:||Friday July 8 2016|
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O'Brien|