Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is one of those movies that has some funny elements but there are two elements that shine and two that are just okay. Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza need their own movie together as these characters. They are funny and charming and deserve a film that is fresher than this one. The two that everyone is paying their money to see, Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick are serviceable but did not do much for me. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is another addition to the raunchy romantic comedies that I thought we were done with. Apparently, not.
The film stars Efron and Devine as Dave and Mike Stangle. Inseparable and real hellraisers, they turn every family gathering into a nightmare. When their sister, Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) is engaged to be married in Hawaii, their father, Burt (Stephen Root) forces the young men to bring dates. The idea being that the dates are going to keep these two in line. They put adds on the internet to interview their dates and the ones the select are even bigger pains than Mike and Dave. Enter Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza), two bubble heads that would love a free trip to Hawaii on somebody else’s dime.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates has a good sense of humor about these characters. Most of them are not nice people, but they have something that I found amusing to watch. Tatiana and Mike were clearly more interesting to me than anything else on screen. Each character was different but their qualities made me laugh and kept me interested. Dave and Alice were fine together but their relationship was pretty standard fare, which was my problem with this film. Everything is pretty standard. There is not much that you won’t see coming. The fights, the drama and the final makeup and of course the wedding. It all unfolds in fairly predictable fashion, which was disappointing especially the final act in which the film is on autopilot.
Director Jake Szymanski has mostly directed sitcom comedies on television and film shorts, so he knows what is funny and there are some big laughs in this film, I will grant it that. Scriptwriters Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien have written a halfway funny screenplay, too. But they lose faith in the material in the final act of this film and it does not work. It simply runs out of laughs and steam. But somehow Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza still maintain their magic throughout the film and keep Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates afloat. I would love to see these two have their own film. With the right script and director, it would be comic gold. “Mike and Dave” film is the kind of film National Lampoon would come up with and it has its moments of genuine comedy. But it comes up a bit short, because the filmmakers lost faith not only in their material but the audience. However, this is not a total waste of time, but not all of the time is well spent, either. This film is vulgar so parents be warned this is not for the little ones.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – **1/2 out of 5
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Rated R for vulgar language, nudity, sexual content, comic violence, drug use and brief gore
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Run Time is 98 minutes
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is now available on DVD, On Demand and subscription services.