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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Stars: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root, Sam Richardson, Sugar Lyn Beard, Eugene Cordero, Lavell Crawford, Stephanie Faracy, Mary Holland, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Bob Turton, Alice Wetterlund
Director: Jake Szymanski
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is
essentially lewd, crude and unexpectedly good-natured and, to its credit, it never pretends to aspire to art, only to raising low laughs from the frequently disreputable antics of carousing brothers Adam Devine and Zac Effron who, invited to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii, are told by their father to each bring a respectable date rather than indulge in their usual drunken party-wrecking antics at family gatherings.
Neither lad has a current date and so they decide to advertise in Craig’s List for suitable companions to pose as their dates and ‘win’ a free trip to Hawaii as payment.
Result – an onrush of the good, the bad and the transvestite all hoping to a free holiday – before equally conniving waitresses Anna Kendrick and her friend Aubrey Plaza ‘win’ and accompany Devine and Efron for an escalating excess of crude comic capers and splendidly silly slapstick culminate in romantic catastrophe – and, of course, the expected happy ending.
USA 2016. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox. Colour by deluxe.
94 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.
Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 3, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 2, Swearing 2.
Review date: 24 Dec 2016