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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 8 July 2016 (USA)
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Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zac Efron ... Dave Stangle
Adam Devine ... Mike Stangle
Anna Kendrick ... Alice
Aubrey Plaza ... Tatiana
Stephen Root ... Burt
Stephanie Faracy ... Rosie
Sugar Lyn Beard ... Jeanie Stangle
Sam Richardson ... Eric
Alice Wetterlund ... Cousin Terry
Lavell Crawford ... Keith
Mary Holland ... Becky
Kumail Nanjiani ... Keanu
Jake Johnson ... Ronnie
Marc Maron ... Randy
Erik Griffin ... Driver
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Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo. Written by 20th Century Fox

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The girls may be fake but the wedding just got real. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Chinese | Japanese

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,628,170, 10 July 2016

Gross USA:

$46,009,673

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,068,246
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Star Adam Devine also voices a character in the same 2016 year's Ice Age: Collision Course (2016). Both pictures are from the same 20th Century Fox film studio. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie when Anna Kendrick is lying on the white bench, in one shot you can see her bare feet, then in the very next shot she wears pink flipflops, and in the last shot her feet are bare again.Also, when she tackles Zac Efron on the picnic bench, her bare foot can be seen. In the next shot, she is wearing pink flipflops. See more »

Quotes

Tatiana: Suck my clit, fuckers!
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Bloopers and alternate takes are shown during the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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5/10
10 August 2016 | by James_De_BelloSee all my reviews

They think they have just made them all better parties, but to their parents and to admittedly, reality, brothers Mike (Zac Efron) and Dave (Adam Devine) have only ruined all of the family events they've participated in for their wild party style. So when its Jaine's (Sugar Lyn Beard) turn to get married the family is taking no risks: Mike and Dave are to bring wedding dates to the wedding in order to be kept at bay. That's when Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) put on the façade of being nice and ordinary girls to score a free weekend in Hawaii after discovering an advert from the two brothers. Yet when the chaotic spirits of both pairs start to explode, an apparently normal weekend turns into a ludicrous series of events.

"Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" has good and charismatic leads, with natural comedic timing and an appropriately funny cast built around them with a script that has some effortlessly funny gags working. Yet, a fair amount of laughs are not enough to surmount the film's lack of heart, which often transpires into both annoying and unmotivated sequences and humor which is close to being mean spirited.

What severely lacks from the film is a fresh and interesting comedic voice. As much as you feel the director's passion, I couldn't help but feel very cold about the style and visual choices the film makes. It is directed with almost no life, it doesn't feel alive and breathing, the shot choice is for the majority so basic it made my head ache at some point. There aren't any passages in the film where you feel inspired filmmaking and character or story being given a chance to flow. The editing is very mechanical and brings the film into feeling more like a series of gags, which might be occasionally good, but lack any kind of drive given the very predictable and clichéd script.

Still, there's no denying the talent almost everybody has for comedy and even when handed what for most is very average material they manage to elevate it and thanks to what is sure to be a lot of improvisation they make the scenes that work, work really well and transcend what are otherwise deeply problematic character development elements. Efron's career has lately been all about these R-rated comedies and I have to admit I am one who really enjoys his effort in these: he is a great screen presence and always brings a palpable irony to the scenes. Adam Devine at this point is an enigma for me, I have no idea where he'll go in the future, that is because he has some really borderline annoying stuff here, but I don't know if it's thanks to him or the gag in itself I was never brought to a breaking point. I enjoyed probably all of his beats and he had many different ones to bring alive, succeeding in all of that variety.

What is frustrating about the movie is how standard it feels and how much everything around it is striving to be better, but what we end up is this basic studio comedy that goes through every single beat we except and leaves the audience with little passion at all. The premise is right, the talent behind cast well, the script is trying to go to fresh places occasionally, but there is an incredible aura of average all around that simply flattens the film to the point of annoyance. Not to mention the ridiculous quantity of screeching women all over the place that had me almost covering my ears.

"Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" is a film that delivers some good and at times great laughs thus succeeding a laugh prompter, yet a comedy film it lacks any depth of character or story to make it live any further than its closing credits unfortunately.


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