Monday, 3 October 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Rated R; 99 minutes; $39.99; Amazon

Now available to purchase on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the outrageous comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Directed by Jake Szymanski, the film stars Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, and Stephen Root.

The film centers on two hard-partying brothers, Mike (played by Adam Devine) and Dave (played by Zac Efron) Stangle, who are both told by their father (played by Stephen Root) to find "respectable" dates for their sister Jeanie's (played by Sugar Lyn Beard) wedding in Hawaii.

Since they had never dated "nice girls" before, they have no idea where to find any. So they post an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii ad on Craigslist. The ad goes viral quickly, leading the brothers to appear on n The Wendy Williams Show.

This is where best friends Tatiana (played Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (played by Anna Kendrick) comes into the picture. They see Mike and Dave on television, and the girls decided they are going to be their dates, though all they want is a free trip to Hawaii.

After a brief meeting, Mike and Dave pick Tatiana and Alice as their dates. However, once they arrive in Hawaii for the wedding, they start realize the girls are wilder than them.

Blu-ray Special Features includes:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Storyline "Pig Sequence"
  • Gag Reel
  • Funny Or Die Short
  • Bits on Bits on Bits
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Commentary by Jake Szymanski
  • Gallery

Final Thoughts: From my understanding, the movie is loosely inspired the real Mike and Dave Stangle who posted a similar ad on Craigslist looking for dates to a wedding. I saw a few advertisements for the film over the summer and it looked like it might be entertaining, so I thought I would review the Blu-ray.

Let's just say it's rated R for a reason as it has gross out, raunchy humor. Some scenes are funny, some are cringeworthy, and others are down right stupid. As for the acting goes, Adam Devine and Zac Efron both give good performances as Mike and Dave. However, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick were miscast, both giving over the top performances with absolutely no chemistry with Devine or Efron.

The picture quality and sound are topnotch on the Blu-ray. There are over 90 minutes of special features and extras.

Overall, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is an uneven comedy that I found neither good or bad. There were a few laugh out loud scenes, but sadly the storyline fumbles once Mike and Dave arrive in Hawaii.

*I received a complimentary copy from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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