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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
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10.25.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Jake Szymanski

Actors:
Zac Efron
Adam Devine
Anna Kendrick

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
As the title suggests, two out-of-control brothers are forced by their parents to bring dates to their sister’s wedding in an attempt to curb their rowdy behavior. However, the two nice girls they chose to keep themselves in check may be trouble themselves.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES is an entertaining but ultimately forgettable comedy, one of those that you enjoy as you’re watching it but struggle to remember afterwards.

The major thing going for it is the great cast. Zac Efron and Adam Devine work really well off each other and both know how to play aloof without being annoying. If you’ve seen Devine in Workaholics, you pretty much know what to expect from him here. However, between this and the NEIGHBORS movies, Efron has shown quite a natural aptitude and surprising range for comedy. (It makes me a little excited to see him and The Rock together in the upcoming BAYWATCH movie.) On the other end of the gender spectrum are real life friends Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, who also make a great team and clearly relish the opportunity to sleaze it up as two very unladylike ladies. Altogether there’s a charm to the four main cast members that makes MIKE AND DAVE an easy watch.

Which is sort of a shame because with stronger material this could’ve been something special instead of something passable. There are great character moments and one-liners throughout, but much of MIKE AND DAVE relies on a tired comedy formula almost to a tee. There’s the eventual fallout between our beloved characters, the reunion, the lessons learned, etc. The film tries to sprinkle some shocking scenes or gross out gags throughout, most involving nudity, but those will only carry you so far. (Although the massage scene featuring Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani is forever seared into my brain.) And for a comedy that wants so badly to be edgy, it’s MIKE AND DAVE’s predictability that’s ultimately disappointing.

THE EXTRAS

The cover boasts “over 90 minutes” of bonus features but not all of it is good.

Commentary by director Jake Szymanski: The filmmaker sticks to the script, taking each scene as they come and giving some behind-the-scenes info on each. This is occasionally broken up by clearly-planned interruptions from the lady recording the commentary, who enjoys talking smack about the film. Not funny enough to recommend though.

Deleted Scenes (23:47): There’s quite a bit here (14 scenes in total), most of which involve character-building moments with the main four characters, but there are a couple more scenes with the supporting actors like Stephen Root and Kumail Nanjiani.

Extended Scenes (39:12): In addition to all those deleted scenes, there’s also nearly forty minutes of extended scenes, including more with Wendy Williams, Cousin Terry and the ending wedding. I’d say most of these were rightfully cut.

Alternate Storyline Pig Sequence (7:45): In addition to the hour of deleted and extended scenes there’s also an entire running subplot involving a pig roast that was apparently cut. Not sure why it was singled out here (not that funny), but you can now watch it!

Bits on Bits on Bits (6:21): Watch the actors improv and go off-script in various scenes from the movie, similar to a Line-O-Rama.

Line-O-Rama (10:02): Oh wait, there’s also a Line-O-Rama on this disc! I have no idea why this wasn’t combined with the previous extra.

Gag Reel (5:27): This is fine, but some of these you’ll also see in the closing credits, which is just lazy.

Funny or Die Shorts (6:40): Three amusing FoD shorts featuring the cast, including everyone sharing their best wedding stories and Zac Efron’s obsession with selfies.

A DVD and Digital Copy is also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

MIKE AND DAVE is pretty funny and if you like the performers, chances are you’ll enjoy it. With a stronger script it could've been something to revisit, instead of something you might watch if it comes on cable.

Extra Tidbit: The ATV scene was filmed in the same valley as JURASSIC PARK.

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