By: Sahar Khan
Hello, fellow humans! Welcome to another Film Lawyers review! For this review, you have me, Sahar. I’m Samar’s Scottish sister (No, Scotland and England are not the same!) and I wanted to be a part of this whole ‘The Film Lawyers” phenomenon so it was only right that I took over and wrote my own review. Zac Efron is also the love of my life, so it only seemed fair that I was able to give my opinion (obviously not biased) about Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Let’s get straight into it!
Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are young and adventurous brothers who end up taking things a little too far at family gatherings. When their sister Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) demands that they bring dates to her upcoming wedding in Hawaii, they reluctantly agree. After much thought, Mike and Dave decide to place an ad on Craigslist and lo and behold, it goes viral. After seeing Mike and Dave on TV talking about the ad going viral, Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), two party animals (Mike and Dave are not aware of this), decide to become Mike and Dave’s wedding dates so they can cash in on the all-expense paid trip to Hawaii. And yes, this is where it all goes downhill.
Okay, SO, I thought the film was enjoyable. The movie had a budget of $33 million and has managed to take around $58 million already, which is not that bad really. Clearly, other people also thought it was pretty good.
Let’s start with the Pros:
1. Adam Devine: When I first saw the trailer for the movie, I knew it would be good because it’s Adam Devine. I think he does comedy so well. I loved him in Pitch Perfect (as did Muneeb Arshid!) and as Andy in Modern Family. In my opinion, Adam Devine made the movie what it was. Aside from Zac Efron’s beautiful face, the main and, probably the only, reason that you should give this movie a chance is Adam Devine. Although, it could be said that his acting is exaggerated, his comedic timing is just that good that it works amazingly well for the movie.
2. Zac Efron: I love Zac Efron. I feel like having Zac Efron’s face in the movie just makes it that little bit better and more fun to watch. In terms of acting, Zac has been in a very similar role and delivered very similar acting in the likes of Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Dirty Grandpa. The last time I saw Zac doing a different type of role was way back in High School Musical. I think it’s safe to say that my wee Zac has been well and truly typecast.
3. The ATV scene: There is a scene in the movie where they visit the set of Jurassic Park in ATV’s. I think that scene was probably my favourite. Adam Devine was, again, fabulous in this scene. The comedy wasn’t overdone and it was actually pretty factual. Did you know that parts of Jurassic Park were shot in Hawaii? No? Well, now you know!
I think these were probably the only good parts of the movie if I’m being completely honest.
Cons (we could be here a while):
1. Anna Kendrick: I feel like they should have just used me to play Alice (Anna Kendrick) because I probably would have done a better job and I would’ve been able to stroke Zac Efron’s face. Maybe it is because I have never really liked Anna Kendrick that I didn’t enjoy her in this movie. The main thing that annoyed me was that I couldn’t figure out whether she was wearing a wig or not (she was wearing a wig apparently). Also, her acting is very blah and yet very exaggerated. Not exaggerated in the kind of way that makes it good, but rather exaggerated in a way that makes you want to slap her with her own wig. To summarise (before my hatred for Anna takes over), Anna Kendrick was not good in this movie.
2. Aubrey Plaza: She was better than Anna but still not great. The only reason I knew who she was, was because she played the exact same role in Dirty Grandpa. She has been in Criminal Minds which apparently she was very good in, so I don’t know whether it’s just that these are the only roles that she is being given so she is taking them or she’s just lost her talent. When Mike (Devine) and Dave (Efron) were on screen together, it made the movie fun to watch and they were entertaining – the opening sequence was really good. But when Tatiana (Plaza) and Alice (Kendrick) were on screen together, I was bored. (No, Zac’s face did not distract me from his acting.)(Maybe a little)
3. Unnecessary Scenes: There were many many scenes in this movie which were not needed. There were filler scenes that were put in just to try and make the audience laugh. Which they did not. There is a scene in which Mike and Dave’s sister Jeanie takes MDMA with Alice and was completely unnecessary. I kid you not, it was 10 minutes of my life that I will never get back. Putting Anna Kendrick in that scene did not help matters.
Another scene in which Jeanie (Beard) receives a massage from a naked masseuse was also not needed. Obviously the objective was to make people laugh but, in reality, I was just really grossed out. It was one of those scenes that really just make you cringe.
4. Mike and Dave’s lesbian cousin Terry: Terry (Alice Wetterlund) is Mike and Dave’s cousin who seems to have this weird rivalry with Mike (Devine). She tries to hook up with Tatiana (Plaza) – which she is successful at (by using Rihanna Tickets as a pawn) and she just puts Mike down at every opportunity that she can get. Basically, her character was not needed at all, in any way, shape or form. Biggest waste of time and money. It didn’t change the story in any way, nor did it add anything to the story. P O I N T L E S S.
I could be here all day, so I feel that I should summarise and give you my overall rating for the movie.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a light-hearted, fun and enjoyable movie. There are times where the comedy is forced, which makes some of the scenes unnecessary and annoying. Adam Devine’s acting and Zac Efron’s face make the film what it is. Anna Kendrick’s wig occasionally changes colour and Aubrey Plaza could (and should) be doing better roles than this.
I hope you guys enjoyed my review, it was obviously not as great as all the other Film Lawyers reviews, but I enjoyed writing it.
Until the next Zac Efron movie:
After much consideration, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates receives a somewhat reasonable C+ (6.5/10) from The Film Lawyers.