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Tag

Tag
Starring:
Jake Johnson, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Isla Fisher


Rated: R for language throughout, crude sexual content, drug use and brief nudity.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: June 15, 2018 Released by: New Line Cinema

A divisive lark or guilty pleasure depending on your proclivities derives its pleasure from a group of men who've played the titular game for over three decades every May since they were kids. Those in its favor may find a kind of unique brotherhood in an opportunistic approach to relationships.

Tag has its Spokane, Washington ten buddies in the end credits to show how fun they like being "it." The "it" here is Jeremy Renner's really fit now sober fella who's about to be married and his time is up in what some may find to be a cross between Wedding Crashers and The Hangover.

A Wall Street Journal story about the Spokane bros is the antecedent with the U.K.'s Annabelle Wallis as the reporter in on the fun after originally lined up to chronicle diabetes.

Prototypical characters have Jake Johnson in stoner mode, Ed Helms normal 'Hoagie' eyeing a maintenance position, Hannibal Buress in goofy, nerdy mode. Not to mention Jon Hamm as the debonair insurance executive and Isla Fisher seemingly like the girly lady once attached to Vince Vaughn in an aforementioned film co-starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

It's pretty clear the cast is often having a blast engulfed into inappropriate, bawdy situations with pervasive supercilious verve. Buress gets plenty of laughs and Renner displays plenty of athleticism and martial arts (even with CGI) suffering a couple of fractures during the shoot. Hamm is more strait-laced and isn't really as charismatic when reminded of last year's Baby Driver.

The filmmakers ratchet up the energy level near the conclusion ensuring that Tag won't fizzle out. Yet, how being "it" unfolds with miscarriages and waterboarding doesn't make an unusual premise captivating in its warped sense of outrageous fun. Perhaps a documentary on the spirited endeavors of the Spokane Ten might not be such a bad idea given the mandatory, self-absorbed wishes here.

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