FIRST LOOK MOVIES: "Mike & Dave's" Dates Steal Hilarity, Raunch from Brothers

Updated 1 year ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
FIRST LOOK MOVIES: "Mike & Dave's" Dates Steal Hilarity, Raunch from Brothers

Let's ruin a wedding. The theme seems to have strong appeal. Just recall  "Wedding Crashers," "Bridesmaids" or "The Hangover."

However, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" reverses the cycle of single women needing a date for a formal event. Partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron ) attempt to heed their parents and sister Jeanie's ( Sugar Lyn Beard) request that they attend her Hawaiian nuptials with dates, rather than stage. The reason: Bring nice girls to keep the partying single dudes in check so they do not mutilate another family celebration.

Based in concept on a true story (the brothers did place an ad on Craigslist asking for two nice girls to join them for a Hawaiian wedding), the viral response brings a collection of insane ladies auditioning for the trip. Eventually, two wild women masquerade as a school teacher and Wall Street broker (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza).

Their "nice" description ends after opting not to share their resort hotel rooms with the dudes.

Alice (Kendrick) and Tatiana (Plaza) have  substance abuse guzzling habits, manic energy, an attraction to porn  and hard edge risk taking in common. Poor Alice. She endured (and still has the video on her smartphone) a traumatizing "I do not" groom rejection on her own wedding day.

Kendrick and Plaza steal the film from the two brothers. They have a continuous sense of hilarious spontaneity which sucks the other cast members into their endless kind gestures gone crazy. The two women maintain deadpan "who us" styles, which keep them in control of the agenda which veers from rehearsal traditions.

Efron and Devine , who play wholesale liquor businessmen, absorb the 'blame' stridently for their poor choice of 'nice girls.'

My female critic counterpart described this as a "so crazy wow" beating out her previous comedic favorite , "Sisters." We both agree too --- Kendrick and Plaza dominate this hilarious and forgivingly raunchy flick (the bushing scenes fit the circumstances). Many of those exiting an advance showing had smiles on their faces repeating or relating to portions from the film.

Me, I'm thinking "Dates" misses by a couple more slick ( sick?) scenes joining truly memorable, screwball comedies. Tom Hanks "Bachelor Party" and Julia Roberts "Runaway Bride" remain at the top of my dysfunctional family celebrations gone haywire.

 

Described as from a "true" story  that claim appears limited to the ad. The Hawaiian ATV stunts, massage mania, and the close proximity to stables likely came from the screenwriters.

Here's the ad. Would you answer it:

 

“We’re both in our 20s, single, dashingly tall, Anglo-Saxon, respectfully athletic, love to party, completely house trained, relaxed, passionate, smell great, have cool hair, clean up nice, boast great tie collections, will promise to shave, love our mother, have seen Love Actually several times, controversial, provocative, short-sighted (with a big picture mentality), raw, emotional, sensitive but still bad boys.”

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