Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates is the adult comedy of the summer. After their fair share of memorable family events, Mike and Dave’s (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) family sit down to break the news to the boys that they cannot live the reckless bachelor life and must bring respectable dates to their sister’s wedding. After no luck from their viral Craigslist ad, Mike and Dave meet Alice and Tatiana (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza), two girls who did not answer their ad but seem like the respectable girls the boys need. Once the boys arrive at their sister’s destination wedding in Hawaii, dates in tow, the girls’ true personalities come out. And as hard as it is to believe, this story is based on true events; although, the exact amount of exaggeration is not clear.imgres-59
The movie seems to take the idea of the insensitive millennial to the next level. Mike and Dave (and Alice and Tatiana for that matter) live their lives without really caring about the consequences. Dave even makes a comment about following his passion while “mom pays my rent.” It is this never wanting or having to grow up mentality that fuels the comedy in this film. But there are some redeeming values, the importance of family, especially the protective older brothers cliché, and the idea of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons are continually present. Yes, most of the things the characters do throughout the film are hilariously immature, but most of the time, they are doing them for what they think is the right reason. imgres copy
This was another big name cast, but this time they were not as impressive. If you look at each character individually, they are exactly what you expect from headliners Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Aubrey Plaza, and Anna Kendrick. The interaction between these characters was lacking a bit. Of course, the characters had their moments of funny interactions, but there was not a consistent cohesion between the characters. The actors did not seem to take much effort in getting into character. It seemed as if there was less acting and more improvising and just trying to have fun, which is fine and to be expected in this type of comedy film.
This movie is definitely aimed at the 18-35 crowd, and this is one movie that is rated R that does not border the PG-13 line. The sexual content, language, and drug usage is not a minor part of the movie (If you have watched the trailer, you know, she is not just eating an apple). If you want to see this movie and you are a parent of younger children, I highly suggest seeing it in theaters or making sure the kids are out of the house if you wait to watch it on DVD. This is, without a doubt, a gross-out comedy. It is absolutely hilarious for what it is, but this one is for grown-up eyes and ears only.
Overall, it is a funny movie, but I don’t think this one deserves an A. I will give it a B-. Yes, I was dying of laughter most of the time, but there were other scenes that were a little over the top in addition to the lacking acting and story. While the film was shot in beautiful Hawaii, I was aware the entire time that I was sitting in a theater and not fully absorbed by the story or sold on the characters.  This is that movie that you go to with your friends for a night out.  Being in my 20s, I would probably would have seen this at some point, but this is not a movie I am dying to add to my DVD collection. Seeing this once was enough for me.
Mary Elizabeth

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