Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)


Jake Szymanski directs Zac Efron, Adam Devine and Anna Kendrick in this bright and breezy update on Wedding Crashers.

5 minutes before I had low expectation, 50 minutes in I had been completely won over, then an hour later this throwaway chuckler had really, really, really outstayed its welcome. Efron and Devine have great comic chemistry together and they are constantly foot on the gas, hitting jokes whether the script has gifted them or not. The girls lack the same energy with only little sister bride Sugar Lyn Beard staying in the memory a fortnight down the line. The problem is everyone (EVVVVEEERRRYYYYYYOOONNNEEE!) is given an arc of self realisation then failed redemption then actual redemption. Like half a dozen characters worth of this shit. The jokes dry up, the goodwill shrivels… then two musical numbers and an outtakes reel!? A surprisingly fun night out seems to have moved in and is squatting in your living room. Just end. Shame as the foundation was colourful and strong.


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