2016 has not been a great year for Zach Efron movies. He started out the year with Dirty Grandpa, which was critically trashed as one of the worst movies of the year. Admittedly I didn’t think it was as bad as some, but it still wasn’t good. Than in May came the bottom of the barrel trash known as Neighbors 2 which as you may recall I thought was the absolute worst movie of the year. So it was pretty safe to assume I was not really looking forward to Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates at all, which just looked like another lame comedy from Efron.
Well turns out Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates had a secret weapon that made it one of the funniest comedies of the year. A cast of very talented and funny female actresses, who do more than carry their weight in making this a laugh riot, with more funny than silly than I could have ever expected from the premise.
The movie is about to doofus brothers (Zach Efron and Adam Devine) who are forced by their father to find nice dates to go to their sisters oh so important wedding. They are known for causing scenes and ruining many family events and their family has pretty much had enough. They come up with a clever idea to put an ad on craigslist and suddenly they are getting hundreds of responses, and which even leads to them getting on The Wendy Williams talk show.
Alice and Tatiana, two low life best friends (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) who have recently been fired from their waitress jobs because they couldn’t be bothered to show up sober, happen to see the ad on TV, which includes a free trip to Hawaii. They see this as a chance to have a much needed vacation from always being high and eating junk food on their couches.
What really makes Mike and Dave stand apart from the usual boneheaded silly comedies we are used to is, at its core, it has a heart. Sure the four main characters are all low life losers, but they actually seem like they are really nice people, who do have hearts and can show them when the time is needed. In the end they are all just looking to fall in love and be happy and the movie makes us actually care about them in a certain way.
Of course this is a comedy and believe me this movie is full of laugh out loud scenes!
The highlight for me was at a breakfast table, were a group is trying to figure out what to do for the day. It so happens that the place they are staying at is right were the filmed Jurassic Park and they are offering free ATV rides. This turns into the entire table doing impressions from the Spielberg classic and left me in stitches. A fight scene in a sauna is comedy gold and a message of epic proportions could have easily been mishandled but instead was one of the funniest moments of the year in any movie. Lets not forget a scene were Ecstasy is taken which leads to a naked Anna Kendrick (though covered by a pony) which ends up being a laugh riot.
As I mentioned before it is the ladies who steal the show.
Anna Kendrick has such excellent comedic timing but knows how to make her character likable and sweet, she is truly one of the best actresses working today and she really shines in this film. Aubrey Plaza ,an actress who usually does nothing for me, really gives a solid performance here, as a chick who knows what she wants and how to make men give it to her. Sugar Lyn Bread who plays the bride and Alice Wetterlund as their cousin who hates Mike, also help add two great female performances, making this show all about the ladies.
I wasn’t expecting what I got from Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed it. In a summer that has been over stuffed with big budget action duds, this comedy feels like a water sprinkler of refreshment. Just turn off your thinking caps, sit back and have some fun.