Home Reviews Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Adam Devine and Zac Efron star in 20th Century Fox's MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

There are few things worse than a comedy that isn’t funny. This is not to say that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is completely void of humor, but overall its single-dimensional characters and clunky plot leave you with nothing to hold on to after the film is over.

Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are brothers who also work together as liquor salesmen. After the opening credits montage of their successful partying moments, we next see them trying to con a bar owner into buying the liquor they are selling. Their ruse is stupid, which the bartender points out before their bit finishes, but they are charming enough to eventually make the sale. This encompasses both the characters and the general plot of the film: these guys are really dumb, but they get by on their good looks and the kindness of strangers. While this tends to work on the other characters within the film, their sympathetic good fortune does not extend to the audience.

Mike and Dave’s parents stage an intervention over their partying. It seems that while they remember all of the good fun that comes out of their wild ways, their parents are often the ones picking up all of the pieces. With their sister’s Jeanie (Sugar Lyn) impending Hawaiian wedding their parents insist that the brothers bring “nice girls” as their dates to control their wild behavior. Not knowing how to behave properly, Mike and Dave post an ad for “nice girls” on Craigslist.

Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) get wind of the boys’ scheme after it goes viral and commit themselves to winning those dates. They are unemployed, hard-drinking, Rihanna devoted, cocktail waitresses, and most certainly not “nice girls.” Just like the boys fooled the bartender, Alice and Tatiana trick the boys into thinking they are more innocent than they truly are and get invited to Hawaii.

After getting to the island, the foursome stumbles from one supposed to be funny scene to the next. These are generally forgettable comedy bits ranging from a bad drug trip to an overtly sexual spa massage. The only one that really brought some laughs was the ATV tour through the valley where Jurassic Park was filmed. The picturesque scenery and terror in the boys’ eyes while watching the women jump their vehicles through the air was a bright spot in the generally dull film.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is not terribly executed, and all of the performances are adequate, rather it suffers from a complete lack of passion and originality. We’ve seen this film and met these characters so many times before that the filmmakers never seem to fully invest in their own film. We are merely presented with these stereotypes and never given a reason to care about them.

The one redeeming quality of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is the fact that their underestimation of women consistently leads to trouble for Mike and Dave. Their first major mistake is to even assume that there are “nice girls” out there in the world, and their demeaning assumption makes them deserve all of the pain they having coming for them. Unfortunately the film barely notices this fact, but the audience can connect the dots easily on their own.

The plot doesn’t really make sense, and the characters are forgettable. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates could be a mildly entertaining way to burn 106 minutes, but I’d be surprised if it is the best option for your time.

Rating: R

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast:
Zac Efron
Anna Kendrick
Adam Devine
Aubrey Plaza
Stephen Root

Film Length: 106 minutes

Release Date: July 8, 2016

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

  • Score - 4.5/10
    4.5/10
4.5/10
  • Image from Warner Bros. Pictures' DUNKIRK

    Review: Dunkirk

    Before watching Dunkirk, you have to know that you’re not about to see the usual film abou…
  • Joey King stars in Broad Green Pictures' WISH UPON

    Review: Wish Upon

    Joey King looks to be an up and coming young actress who has found herself in a few differ…
  • Andy Serkis stars in 20th Century Fox's WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

    Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

    With War for the Planet of the Apes, people will be looking for something that will end th…
  • Tom Holland stars in Sony's SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

    Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

    After the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man crashed as hard as a movie that size could cras…
  • Steve Carell stars in Universal Pictures' DESPICABLE ME 3

    Review: Despicable Me 3

    Seeing how popular Despicable Me and its sequel and spinoff have been, it was certain that…
  • An Seo Hyun stars in Netflix's OKJA

    Review: Okja

    In continuing there move into providing their own exclusive entertainment to the masses, N…
Load More Related Articles
  • Matthew McConnaughey and Edgar Ramirez star in The Weinstein Company's GOLD

    Review: Gold

    Gold is one of those films that is fun to watch, but never quite settles into its own stri…
  • Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

    Whimsy can be a tough thing to intentionally pull off. Films who try to add a dose of whim…
  • Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley star in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE

    Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

    Revisiting older series long after their heyday is a risk. The beloved characters may not …
  • Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill star in Walt Disney's THE BFG

    Review: The BFG

    Capturing the magic of Roald Dahl is a tall order. While Matilda, The Witches, and Willy W…
  • Review: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Leading into the long summer of super serious blockbusters, it is nice to have a spot of s…
  • Mia Wasikowska stars in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

    Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

    While Alice Through the Looking Glass is not as terrible or insufferable as Tim Burton’s f…
Load More By Deirdre Crimmins
  • Image from Warner Bros. Pictures' DUNKIRK

    Review: Dunkirk

    Before watching Dunkirk, you have to know that you’re not about to see the usual film abou…
  • Joey King stars in Broad Green Pictures' WISH UPON

    Review: Wish Upon

    Joey King looks to be an up and coming young actress who has found herself in a few differ…
  • Andy Serkis stars in 20th Century Fox's WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

    Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

    With War for the Planet of the Apes, people will be looking for something that will end th…
  • Tom Holland stars in Sony's SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

    Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

    After the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man crashed as hard as a movie that size could cras…
  • Steve Carell stars in Universal Pictures' DESPICABLE ME 3

    Review: Despicable Me 3

    Seeing how popular Despicable Me and its sequel and spinoff have been, it was certain that…
  • An Seo Hyun stars in Netflix's OKJA

    Review: Okja

    In continuing there move into providing their own exclusive entertainment to the masses, N…
Load More In Reviews
Comments are closed.

Check Also

Review: Gold

Gold is one of those films that is fun to watch, but never quite settles into its own stri…