Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Blu-ray Review
Mike and Dave (Adam Devine and Zac Efron) are brothers who like to party excessively. After their sister get engaged and decides to have her wedding in Hawaii, the entire family insists that Mike and Dave bring dates to keep them from getting too crazy and hitting on all the guests. So the two put out an ad, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, on Craigslist and even get asked to share their request on a low level daytime talk show. This is supposedly roughly based on a true story, which I still can’t figure out why it’s worth telling. Lots of mildly amusing things happen everyday that shouldn’t be made into movies. I love watching my 2-year-old pretend to read but I can’t imagine it being a box office smash. I guess the fact that they asked for all-expense paid wedding dates in such an unusual way (kind of), prompted some attention. Although I think my brother-in-law got a wedding date through Tinder, which doesn’t sound too different. Do I smell a sequel?
Wildcards Alice and Tatiana (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) see the two on TV and scheme a plan to be the perfect chosen girls for a free trip to Hawaii. As the girls balance their fake goody image with their plan to earn their free vacation, the two guys begin to realize the girls are not quite what the seem. Crazy, outlandish hijinks ensues.
Bottom line – Is the comedy MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATE funny? No. Sure they pull out a chuckle and a grin here and there, but when comedy isn’t consistently funny or even a quarter funny, an hour and thirty-eight minutes seems to take an eternity.
The characters are inconsistent and mostly unlikable. For some reason, the ultimate adventurous party animals Mike and Dave suddenly become out of their element when going on an… adventure? While Aubrey Plaza’s character comes off mostly as a mean girl, Anna Kendrick’s character spends half her time crying over being left at the alter some time prior to the current situation – an odd choice for any comedy. The usually humorous Adam Devine spends every ounce of energy searching in vain for something funny though exhaustive physical and improvisational dialogue, while Zac Efron finds a reason to go shirtless. All of these actors are better than this.
While the actors do their best to be funny, the screenplay from Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (NEIGHBORS) doesn’t lend itself to much worth laughing at. A naked sauna fight, a weird full body massage, and an absurd ATV mishap feel like comedy scenarios from some bad sitcom. Only MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES is far more vulgar. Throw in some awkwardly cartoonish supporting characters along with a strong pour of profanity and you have the perfect concoction of what otherwise might be mistaken for an Adam Sandler movie at its worst.
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES should have written an add in search for a funny script. Nothing worked despite a talented cast who just seemed to trying way to hard in a hopeless endeavor.
Video: (1080p, 2.39:1) A great looking picture that has the colorful, tropical luxury of being set in Hawaii.
Audio: (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1) The audio is fine with clear dialogue.
Deleted Scenes (23:48): Fourteen deleted scenes. This is the beginning of lots of extra unused material. Lots of improv.
Extended Scenes (39:12): Sixteen extended scenes. More unused material of improving.
Alternate Storyline Pig Sequence (7:45): An entire storyline was cut from the film. This is more of the same type of humor surrounding a pig meant for the wedding dinner. While it does manage to give the talented Sam Richardson who plays the groom some time to shine, but still unnecessary.
Bits on Bits on Bits (6:21): A few deleted improvisation moments.
Line-O-Rama (10:02): All the unused improv takes that they didn’t use. Some are better than what was used in the film. Adam Devine is impressive.
Gag Reel (5:27): Sometimes they messed up their lines.
Funny or Die Shorts (6:40): Three joke interview segments.
Commentary by Jake Szymanski: The director gives a fairly straight forward commentary and gushes on the cast and crew. He seems genuinely excited about his work, which is nice. Periodically he gets interrupted by a production assistant, Margie, correcting what he does as an ongoing funny bit.
Gallery (3:23): Set photos