Starring: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza and Stephen Root
Directed by: Jake Szymanski
Running Time: 98 min
3 1/2 Frames
By: Shari K. Green
“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”, starring Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza set out to do one thing; be a comedy. The plot is as such… with little regard to anyone, Mike and Dave have gotten used to destroying everything they get around because of their careless partying. Okay… it’s possible, they have no idea they’re wrecking everything.
When their sisters’ nuptials are announced their parents point out what they’ve done in the past and they’re a little ashamed of themselves. Knowing the boys as well as they do, they tell Mike and Dave that they cannot attend the wedding unless they can grow up. Bringing dates should make them look grounded and they put an ad on-line to meet who they think will be perfect angels to make them look like they’ve grown up. They’ve just met Alice and Tatiana. Little do they know, they’ve just gotten themselves involved with the female versions of themselves.
Laugh with and at this movie, you will do. As Mike and Dave have Devine and Efron become a part of the best comedy? No. Those awards go to, for the most part, the men who have come before them.
This brings me to a point about this film that I liked in particular. What does make Mike and Dave a strong comedy is what makes it special, not completely unique, but special and that is the mouths for which the true comedy falls from; women. The women in the film Aubrey Plaza, as Tatiana, and Anna Kendrick, as Alice, are both stellar in the roles of loose women ready to partake in any situation to take a break from the problems that have befallen them all of the sudden.
Plaza is truly gifted in the art of comedy. Her role in “Dirty Grandpa” was outstanding not for what she portrayed from the printed script but what she interpreted from it, and made her own. She sets a bar for her fellow actors to meet and the films she’s in are the better for it. No doubt learning the craft from the time she spent with such comedic minds such as Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman Adam Scott and Aziz Ansari on “Parks and Recreation”, she knows what it takes to make you laugh and she’s only getting started.
Known for taking dramatic as much as comedic roles, Kendrick plays opposite Plaza. This could have been intimidating for an actor without experience but with Kendrick, this is not the cast and she shows she has the goods to go toe-to-toe with Plaza and the rest of the cast and handles herself quite well. As far as Mike and Dave go, they are playful and amusing characters but by the halfway point, Devine has given his Mike too much energy and extends his welcome on screen a few times.
However, a summer comedy hardly gets more outrageous than this. The playful escapades, as well as the troubles, are worth a trip to the theatre this weekend to see if the boys grow up or if they get worse with the new influences in their lives, so check this out at a theatre near you today.