Mike and Dave are inseparable and mostly irresponsible brothers who wreak havoc wherever they go. Sister Jeanie is getting married and she, mom, dad and her fiance want the two men to bring dates to the wedding so they don’t end up hitting on the single women attending. And it’s assumed they will behave themselves if dates are attached.
They agree and post an ad seeking two women desperate enough to accompany them to Hawaii. That comes in the form of Tatiana and Alice, who are party animals equal to the two brothers. But they present themselves as straight-laced and prim and proper.
You’ve seen enough of this genre to predict the outcome.
Mike and Dave need more than wedding dates. Four charismatic and talented young actors — Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza — need to find better vehicles to advance their budding careers.
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The film is done by the team that wrote the two Neighbors movies, Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien and is directed by Jake Szymanski. His career consists mostly of shooting short subjects and TV shows, and he directed a few Saturday Night Live episodes.
Plenty of drinking and drug bits combined with brief nudity and sex jokes are encased in the thin plot. For those with a humor maturity level around age 15, this will be funny stuff.
For the rest of us? Not so much.
‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’
Director: Jake Szymanski
Stars: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root, Sugar Lyn Beard
Mr. Movie rating: 1 stars
Rated R for language, mature themes and nudity. It’s playing at the Carmike 12, Regal’s Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and Queensgate 12, and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.