Written By Ryan Hollen
“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” opened Friday and looks to earn around $16 million dollars for the weekend, surpassing tracking which had the film opening around $11 million. The total is a solid start for an R rated comedy that stars some of the best comedic actors in Hollywood today. The film, however, has earned mixed reviews (Currently sitting at 41% on Rotten Tomatoes) thus far with many people saying it is another bomb in the filmography of Zac Efron. With the moving being one of my most anticipated of the summer, I set out to see what all the fuss was about.
“Mike and Dave” stars Zac Efron and Adam Devine (Comedy Central’s Workaholics) who are two brothers forced to bring dates to their sister's wedding in hopes that the two don’t screw the event up like previous family gatherings. The ensemble cast also includes Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza who answer the ad posted on Craigslist by Mike and Dave. Though the two brothers are looking for “good girls they can bring home to mom and their sister”, Kendrick and Plaza’s characters are far from it. The two put on their best front to pretend to be the perfect dates but eventually, chaos ensues.
The film really benefits from the stellar cast. Though not a comedy by trade, Efron has slowly morphed into one of the funniest actors working today. He holds his own next to veteran comics such as Devine and Plaza who really steal the show. Every time the four are on camera together the chemistry shows. The film benefits from placing the four in some really awkward and hilarious set pieces. Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick prove the troupe that women can’t be funny wrong. They don’t just prove it wrong - they smash it into pieces.
The script and story are pretty generic. Viewers will obviously see the twist and turns coming but will still have fun getting there. Director Jake Szymanski (Step Brothers) really shines as the comedic set pieces are pretty over-the-top but in a good way. Remember the name Sugar Lyn Beard. She may have been the MVP playing the sister of Mike and Dave. Her sweet, charming, and adorable demeanor is a nice change of pace from the outlandish moving pieces around her. Plus, she is hella funny.
Verdict: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” is one of the best raunchy, romantic comedies to grace the cinema screen in some time.
Grade: 4.5 / 5