Starring Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root, Stephanie Faracy, Sugar Lyn Beard, Sam Richardson, Alice Wetterlund
Directed by Jake Szymanski
2016 / 98 Minutes / 20th Century Fox
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates doesn’t really bring anything new or fresh to the world of comedy. There’s isn’t really anything we haven’t seen before so it really misses out on pushing the boundaries. The movie was too safe, but then all the sudden there will be a moment that goes for it and you wonder why the hell they didn’t it go further throughout the whole movie. It was a missed opportunity to take a decent idea and make something more out of it than the usual comedies we’ve all seen lately (and a lot of them are all Zac Efron’s recent films).
I think the cast is great… however I think Aubrey Plaza’s schtick is getting a little old. Every movie (or show) I see her in, it’s the same character. I’d like to see her play someone different (then what seems to be herself). I don’t think she has a great track record of movies lately (The To-Do List, Beth), it’s time to do something new and fresh and push it. She’s really not the only one here who keeps rehashing their roles… Efron alone has given us a batch of the same old comedies – in 2016 alone! I think it’s the supporting cast here that got most of the funny lines that stuck out more for me. Sugar Lyn Beard, playing the sister has some laugh out loud moments and steals her scenes. Also Sam Richardson, whose hilarious in Veep has a really great moment near the end. Overall it’s a talented cast that should have stronger comedic material to work with instead of relying on the typical humour we’re really getting bored of.
Mike & Dave has it’s funny moments and I found it decent at times, but in the end it’s not going to be a comedic classic and it’s probably going to leave your memory shortly after. Although it will be a movie that if it’s on TV someday and there’s nothing to watch, I would sit through it. I did it’s job, just not anything special, like most of Zac’s comedies (I do enjoy him though!).