It was an off week for the major blockbuster movies so I decided to make my way into the early showings of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. While it may not be a classic comedy or an often quoted cult hit, I really enjoyed the movie. Most of all, I enjoyed the fantastic chemistry amongst the lead cast and the goofy but very simple premise the movie was built on.
Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stengle are brothers who often turn family events into wild parties that always end poorly. Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) are best friends always looking to have a good time. The premise of the film is that Mike and Dave’s sister is getting married in hawaii and their father wants the boys to bring dates to the wedding in an effort to calm down their shenanigans. Through some carefully planned lies, Alice and Tatiana pretend to be nice wholesome girls and con their way into a free trip to Hawaii.
That synopsis is all you need to worry about to have fun in the film. There is an attempt to get into a deeper history with Alice or the complexities of the soon to be bride and groom’s marriage but the movie often abandons that for fun and funny situations for the main characters to explore. All you really need to care about in this film is Adam Devine’s hilarious performance as the wacky older brother and Anna Kendricks time as the seemingly frail but often crazy bad girl. It’s no Apatow film for sure, but just riding along with these characters and experiencing one weird situation after another is fantastically entertaining.
I believe that any comedy success has about 75% to do with the cast and with this film, the cast was about 75% spot on. My only critical thing I would say is that Aubrey Plaza seemed to be along for the ride and, a lot of the time, giving a very forced performance. It may be her pairing with Kendrick that outshined her or just the character she was playing but she was the only thing that pulled me out of the movie.
Overall I loved this movie. It wasn’t perfect and probably won’t be something I want to see over and over again but it was pure summer entertainment and a great palate cleanser for the big budget franchises. The cast was superb and I laughed the entire time which, in a comedy, is the best thing you can ask for.