Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review
The Wedding Crashers for the 21st century*, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates may not be the most intelligent of comedies out there, but it’s pretty damn comedy when push comes to shove and bouquet comes to throwing.
When their little sister gets engaged, her two high-energy brothers receive an ultimatum: bring nice-girl wedding dates or don’t come at all, given that when left to their own devices they have the tendency to ruin parties in extravagant fashion. So, the two guys (Zac Efron and Adam Devine) recruit a pair of upstanding, beautiful women (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) to join them in Hawaii, completely unaware that they are anything but nice girls.
Zac Effron, while not quite as good as he was in Neighbors 2 earlier this year, proves once again that he is a comedic talent to be reckoned with. Devine is even better, and more importantly, the two have great chemistry with one another. They play off each other extremely well and make the most of their scenes together, escalating the humor at every opportunity.
Kendrick and Plaza are also solid in their respective roles, though neither are given the chance to be as outrageous as the guys. Nonetheless, they make for a funny team.
It’s a shame that director Jake Szymanski and writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien don’t entirely follow through on the premise they’ve constructed; Mike and Dave follows a pretty predictable path, with the chaos-causing girls not being quite as awful as you might expect, their intentions merely misguided, leading to a fairly uplifting and generic finale. It would have been refreshing to see the film take a different turn, one where everyone doesn’t end up as friends (or more).
Still, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a consistently funny film with a decent concept, outrageous and edgy humor, and a talented cast. It’s not as polished or sharp as some other R-rated comedies—you may not want to walk it down the aisle—but it’s worth a few steamy dates, at least.
*I realize The Wedding Crashers was released in 2005, but it seems so long ago. I mean, Vince Vaughn was still a thing back then.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.