The trailers for "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" were really funny, so when I heard that there was going to be an advanced public screening at a nearby theater, I immediately grabbed up passes. Going into the film, my biggest fear was that all of the funny parts were shown in the trailer, however this fear was not realized.
The scenario definitely provides for some hilarious moments. Some of the funnier moments are in the trailer, however these were often expanded upon further, but there are still plenty of funny moments that weren't shown too, but some of the funniest jokes from the trailer weren't even included in the final cut of the film. The chemistry between the actors truly contributes the most to the hilarity of the film. Efron and DeVine are hilarious together. DeVine is hilarious in what was his first leading role. I don't usually like Zac Efron, but he was really funny in this movie. Aubrey Plaza plays a very similar character to hers in "Dirty Grandpa", which is disappointing, but Anna Kendrick is funny in a role unlike anything that I have ever seen of her. Aside from the chemistry of the actors, the film mostly tries to be funny with raunchiness. Some of these scenes are extremely effective, however most are stretched out far too long to the point where they become tedious. Other, more subtle jokes include movie references and satirical humor, which are funny.
The plot of the film is formulaic. I knew what was going to happen from the beginning of the film, but this isn't abnormal for a mainstream comedy, so it's not that detrimental. There are a few interesting shots that showcase the landscapes of Hawaii, and I did catch one dolly-zoom, but there isn't really anything special about the production values of the film.
So overall, I enjoyed "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates". It had some really funny parts, but it also had some overly raunchy parts that missed the mark. It's a solid entry into the genre, but it doesn't add anything special.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at an advanced screening.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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