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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Spoiler Free Review

Updated on August 1, 2016

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a 2016 film starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, and Aubrey Plaza. It earned a hard R rating for nudity and language. With a run time of 1hour and 38 minutes, it is not a very long film. The comedy is directed by Jake Szymanski in his second film.

Plot

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is about two brothers that party a little too much who post an ad online to get wedding dates that are respectable to show off to their family. They then encounter the “perfect” dates who turn out to be a little wilder than they originally seemed. The two couples end up making a bit of a mess at the destination wedding of Mike and Dave’s sister.

Review

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a very respectable comedy that is on par with the likes of Step Brothers (also holding a similar premise with the main characters being brothers) and 21 Jump Street. It contains the rather common trope of two male leads driving the story with their nonsense and shenanigans. This film does well in the interactions just as the two latter. The two male leads, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine, have great chemistry and act almost exactly as you would expect brothers to act. They put on a convincing performance where they argue and feed off each other’s excitement. The two female leads, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza, put on pretty convincing performances as well. Both couples act in a way that is fitting for young college age adults. The story has a predictable outline, but the actual events of brothers trying to behave, then failing, then becoming estranged, then getting back together, is executed rather well. The film has some scenes where the setting is just so beautiful, because they are in Hawaii, that the actual action taking place becomes ironic. When negative events occur, but the beauty of the landscape is taking over the scene, irony shows. The actors feed off each other so well and the improv of comedy shines bright. The major flaws due lie in the films predictability and the humor may be to low-brow for some audience members. There is some crude humor, but it is very fitting for the story at hand.

Final Thoughts

The film is definitely an enjoyable comedy that left many members of the audience wanting more. There is crude humor that may offend some people while having other rolling in their seats, so it is not for everyone. It is worth a watch though.

Grade: B

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