Cast: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Running Time: 1h 38min
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates follows the lives of Mike and Dave, a brother duo who are constantly up to mischief. As liquor salesmen, they have always fallen short of their parents’ expectations of them – especially at family gatherings, as they seem to ruin every… single… one. However, with their sisters’ wedding in Hawaii fast approaching, their mom and dad decide to intervene. This time, they will not ruin the family event. Instead, they will bring respectable dates to the wedding.
However, the brothers know they can’t take their usual choice of women – they need to find women their family will approve of. But where do you find those kind of girls? As a last resort, Mike and Dave place an advertisement on Craigslist, and their request soon goes viral.
This is where Tatiana and Alice come in. Alice has just been left at the altar, and Tatiana is a free-spirit who don’t need no man – but what they do need is a new adventure, as the pair have just been fired for being drunk on the job. Tatiana notices Mike and Dave’s advert and tries to persuade Alice to put themselves forward. However, they’re not really the respectable young women the guys are looking for… but they can be for the sake of a free trip to Hawaii.
Of course, with their powers of persuasion, a few new clothes and a haircut, Alice and Tatiana are chosen to be Mike and Dave’s wedding dates and head off on their trip to Hawaii. Unfortunately, the guys soon realize their dates aren’t what they seem – but will their sister’s wedding go by without a hitch?
Let’s be honest, if a movie has Zac Efron in it… we’ll watch it (we watched Baywatch, after all). So we were pretty excited to see Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, as the trailer depicted a hilarious rom-com with clever puns and expertly-timed action. For the most part, the trailer does the movie justice – but not completely. We give Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates three stars.
Thankfully, the story lends itself to a hilarious script – and its plot is unlike many in the world of Hollywood. One of the most important aspects of the story is that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rewards a cool, quirky party girl who’s not doing a huge amount with her life or career. Instead of forcing the party girl to change, the movie realizes that we are all who we are and that everyone else has to deal with it. So there. The moral of the story (although it’s hidden pretty deep down), is that we’ll all find our happy moment (i.e. when we get to make out with Zac Efron) eventually.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates also rewards itself for its all-star cast. Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza are a hilarious foursome with awesome chemistry. However, the actors definitely outshine the actresses in this movie. While Zac and Adam naturally connect with their characters, it seems Anna and Aubrey have to force the rebellion in there. We hate to say it, but it’s sometimes a little lame.
Nevertheless, it’s still a movie you could happily sit down and watch on a Friday evening if you’re not going out, painting the town red or mowing quad bikes into bride-to-be’s – you can just watch other people do it, instead.