Rated: R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: July 8, 2016 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
It may be called Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates but the girls Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) steal the film.
While the boys Dave (Zac Efron) and Mike (Adam Devine) banter in forced comic situations with some that are quite comical, the women plot and twist everyone in the script changing ideas and expected results.
Mike and Dave have a history of ruining events for the Stangle family. That is made clear through flashbacks of their antics in the past. Many of those visuals are better than the continuing story of the immediate wedding. Adam Devine who is mostly a comedian is given a static role in which he appears silly throughout and at times his stick last too long. Zac Efron who has some comedic background is more effective as he moves here from comedy to a somewhat more serious turn.
Anna Kendrick is more of a sidekick to Aubrey Plaza who is the chief architect of the plan for the girls to get a free Hawaiian trip as the dates for Mike and Dave. She is also involved in over the top comedy, at one point reaching out in an unexpected manner to secure concert tickets for her friend Alice. But her main function is to attract the two guys and capture them into asking her and Alice to be wedding guests.
At Hawaii the two who are new to the family become players and movers. Plaza's Alice quickly impresses guests with her dark expressive eyes but Kendrick's Alice truly moves the bride Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) by helping her to enjoy a sensual massage by an Asian specialist. She also helps Jeanie to experience a certain recreational drug which removes all of the bride's inhibitions. In one scene Jeanie finds herself naked with Alice who has shared the drug and only has a horse to hide behind.
This is a bold comedy, not for those who blush easily and even though Anna Kendrick has been more serious in her past rolls she fits quite well here as a young woman with a good heart who doesn't always think of the consequences of her actions. Aubrey Plaza is delightfully loose and the two guys fill in the empty space.
Mike and Dave drag things out from time to time but overall this is today's comedy at it's best.
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