Adam Devine and Zack Effron star in this unapologetically stupid movie.
If you’ve seen the previews for this movie, then you already know the entire story of the movie. Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stangle are notorious for the way that they get out of hands at family get togethers. They’ve ruined everything from birthday parties to funerals and their mom and dad (Stephen Root and Stephanie Faracy) have had enough of them “showing up stag and riling each other up”. They sit them down and order the boys to get dates for their sister, Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) wedding to Eric (Sam Richardson). The brothers decide to turn to the internet to find dates but, after a Coming to America style montage of failures garners them some viral fame, they end up on TV. That’s where they’re spotted by two recently fired, hard partying waitresses and best friends: Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick). Alice has hit a rough patch in her life, and Tatiana figures that going to Hawaii would be a good way for them to get out of their funk. Tatiana stages a car accident so that the four can meet. The guys fall for it and take the girls to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii.
Once they get to the island, the rough-around-the-edges girls start to win the favor of the Stangle family. As they do, the brothers start to realize that the girls may not be exactly who they seemed. Over the course of the trip, the two girls are at the center of all kinds of trouble. They convince Jeanie to go four wheeling instead of swimming with dolphins, which end with her getting hit in the face with a tire. Tatiana finger bangs cousin Terry (Alice Wetterlund), the Stangle’s lesbian cousin who’s always competing with Mike. Alice pays a masseuse (Kumail Nanjiani) to give Jeanie a sexual release to help with her stress. Later, she gives Jeanie some drugs and the two end up running around naked at a horse farm. Somewhere during all of this, the girls actually end up spending time with the guys. Well Alice and Dave do. Tatiana actually goes out of her way to avoid and tease Mike because she doesn’t plan on sleeping with him. Alice and Dave hit it off, and she inspires him to actually follow his passion: cartooning. That means that he’ll no longer be working with his brother at their liquor distributing business. This, on top of everything else, makes Mike feel insecure. Eventually, things build up and Mike and Dave get into a huge fight during a dinner.
Needless to say, all of these shenanigans pretty much ruin Jeanie and Eric’s wedding weekend. Realizing this, all four troublemakers have heart to hearts with each other. Dave tells Alice that he’s angry with her, but ends up forgiving her just as quickly. Mike and Tatiana bond over how dumb they are and how they’re afraid of people figuring it out. The girls talk to each other about how much they’ve messed things up. Then, the brothers patch things up. All of this results in the four of them bursting into Jeanie and Eric’s room and pooling their efforts in order to pull of the wedding.
What did I think?
This is a movie that cares about being funny and nothing else. Plot, consistency, message, etc. all go out the door in this movie. The idea is dumb, the characters are dumb, the jokes are dumb and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates completely owns it. Even if the moments when the movie is supposedly finding it’s heart, the characters never try to break from being the lovable dunces that they are. I think that works perfectly for this movie. It’s already garnering laughs by going for outrageous, unexpected or shocking “I can’t believe they said that” kinds of jokes. When it’s gone so hard to reach that goal, it’s better to not try to let thoughtfulness get in the way. This is perfectly exemplified by the way the movie ends: A completely unneeded and unwarranted song and dance routine from the four leads that ends in a fireworks show. Does every joke they go for work? Of course not but, the ones that do (like the message scene with Jeanie) are some really big and really memorable moments that are reminiscent of great modern raunchy comedies (think American Pie and later). Even though the movie isn’t intelligent, it’s still enjoyable.
The only thing that I didn’t like about this movie was Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick’s bit at the beginning. I know that Plaza is half Puerto Rican, but she isn’t often cast as playing latin characters. That wasn’t the case here either, as her character could easily be described as ethnically ambiguous. However, her trashy persona at the beginning of the movie played a little more “chola” to me and it just felt uncomfortable. I don’t know if that’s the reason their jokes didn’t feel like they landed or if it was something else. What I do know is that their introduction felt like it really slowed down the movie after the high octane introduction of Adam Devine and Zac Effron. Devine and Effron are so good together in this movie that I want to see them in a sequel. I actually thought the entire cast of this movie worked incredibly well together, but those two carry everything. I also have to give special recognition to Sugar Lyn Beard who plays a bit of the punching bag in this movie. Her physical comedy in this movie is great.
This is a movie that you can easily poke holes in and every comedy isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for rude, crude comedy that you’re not going to have to think about at all, then this is the movie for you.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
- Efron and Devine are hilarious and play off each other great
- Sugar Lyn Beard is great and her massage scene with Kumail Nanjiani is one of the most memorable moments of the movie
- Movie never takes itself seriously, allowing you to enjoy the stupid humor
- While funny with the ensemble, Plaza and Kendrick's early scenes fall flat
- Movie relies on low brow, shock humor