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Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


Mike_and_Dave_Need_Wedding_DatesFrom 20th Century Fox comes a comedy from Director Jake Szymanski that stars Zack Efron and Adam Devine. After a fallout between Mike and Dave’s parents over their unflattering family gatherings and the impending wedding of their sister Jeanie, Mike and Dave are put to the test to find reasonable wedding dates to end their relentless shenanigans. But when they encounter two up-to-no-good women themselves it takes us on a ride where respectability becomes too much for them all and may draw disaster yet again. The movie also stars Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Sugar Lyn Beard, and Sam Richardson.

If there’s one thing I’m sure about, it’s that this movie is much more tolerant then ‘Dirty Grandpa‘ (Read review here) which starred Zac Efron and Robert Dinero. We see Zac Efron return in a new comedy with co-star Adam Devine as they search to find two grounded women to go with them to Hawaii in preparation for their sister’s wedding. What follows is a combination of laughs mixed with oh they didn’t just go there moments and an ending that has been played out in so many other films that you can see it coming from a mile away. Although it wasn’t a terrible experience it also wasn’t memorable either as some of the performances were over the top with head scratchers to go along with it.

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What’s interesting by now is how Efron has been in few other comedies prior to this release and how he seems to be type-cast for these roles. His performance as Dave Stangle, who’s the brother along-side Mike Stangle, was not as distracting as some of the other characters whom we’ll get to in just a bit. Dave was more of the compassionate one of the two whereas his brother would resist to change as his parents had hoped for. By the end you were rooting for Dave then you were for Mike when he along with the girls try to mend fences for the bride to be. As far as the performance by Adam Devine, he was just a little too much for my liking as he would overreact to certain situations or would come off as a whiny brat when things don’t go his way. For the co-stars, the brother battle shall go to Dave.

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This leads us to the two females we encounter with Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick who lie their way into getting a free vacation to Hawaii with Dave and Mike. It’s been said before in ‘Dirty Grandpa‘ and now in this movie but Aubrey Plaza plays these over the top snobs who puts herself out there in demeaning or unflattering ways. She wasn’t fun to watch nor did I care for her. Her co-star in Anna Kendrick could be said the same but in a different perspective. When it comes down to it, both Tatiana and Alice were unflattering from the start. But it isn’t until you learn why Alice has fallen so low to the point of her personal hygiene and antics reflecting her sorrow that she gives herself the chance to right the wrongs from previous relationships. For the co-stars, Alice wins the battle single-handedly.

There were some funny moments in the movie that had me and other audience members laughing pretty hard. One scene in particular takes place inside of a hotel hallway between Mike and Tatiana in an ear to ear conversation. Another moment takes place inside of a day spa where the bride to be gets an unexpected surprise from a male masseuse. Finally, don’t leave once the movie ends because the end credits have gags that will leave you rolling to the exit.

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Unfortunately it’s difficult to get behind any of the characters even with Dave and Alice who ultimately lead the performances. Because both the male and female pairs are trying to play it off as decent individuals yet are totally the opposite in their own ways it was difficult to see even Mike and Dave believing Tatiana or Alice were innocent. Worse yet is the fact that both parties were acting so that they make everything seem okay when in fact their behaviors were so off the wall. How could anyone not notice the warning signs considering their personalities are almost identical.

With some character development towards the latter end of the film it doesn’t make up for the outlandish antics that ran from the start. There were moments of laughter that kept my focus but it all just didn’t seem believable for me to care for any of the characters. Not enticing nor a total letdown, you’re going to get what you’re asking for when it comes to ‘Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates‘. Let the decision be yours.

Rating: 5.8/10

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Dirty Grandpa (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


MV5BMzk0NzkyNDk2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDczOTU3NzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Jason is about to get married when his grandmother passes away. His grandfather, Dick, doesn’t take to the news so easily. But when Dick asks Jason to drive him to Florida a perverted side of his grandfather comes out and gets him into unphathomable situations. The film is directed by Dan Mazer (I Give It A Year), and stars Zach Efron and Robert De Niro.

If there was any movie Robert De Niro was in that wasn’t good, this may top the cake. ‘Dirty Grandpa‘ has to be one of the worst comedies De Niro has been in for some time. There was no sanity to any of the characters; especially that of Jason’s grandfather. Zac Efron plays the grandson of Dick Kelly and is preparing for his wedding with Meredith (Julianne Hough). While on the road Jason is taken aback by the perverted side of his grandfather and wants to live to the extreme while he still can. There being so much masterbating, drug use, alcohol, and penis references it can only make someone go crazy. And that’s where the problem lies for the movie as it’s just bombarded by so much of it.

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There are moments where the audience, including myself, laughed pretty hard; especially a scene where Jason wakes up on a beach and has an altercation with a kid and his parent. Towards the latter end of the film we get some closure between Jason and his grandfather as Dick wants live out the rest of his life by reliving his youth. Hence, all the chaos ensued leading up to the last 20 minutes of the movie. The movie was just filled with over the top characters who were more off putting than were actually funny. For instance, Aubrey Plaza plays as Lenore who is friends of Shadia (Zoey Deutch) and Tyrone (Brandon Mychal Smith). Lenore was looking to have sex with a professor as part of her high school promises. Enter Dick Kelly who is looking for a younger girl to have sex with and you have some of the wildest personalities from both of them.

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We’ve yet to mention Zac Efron who’s performance throughout this movie was a bit out of his element. He was in ‘Neighbors‘ where he was able to pull off as a fraternity president who put his fellow neighbors through hell. In ‘Dirty Grandpa‘ he played on the opposite side of the fence. This time as the victim if you want to say since things are happening to him. Again it was an odd movie for both Efron and De Niro with very little of a script to follow.

Being over-the-top for a good chunk of the movie with very little plot to it, ‘Dirty Grandpa‘ is exactly what you expect. Definitely a pass if your looking for a good comedy as here your met with good actors in Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, but a terrible script and poor direction. You may get a good laugh here or there but not enough to make it a pleasant experience.

Rating: 3/10

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