Blu-ray Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
By John Corrado
★★½ (out of 4)
When their parents tell them they have to bring respectable dates to their sister Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) wedding in Hawaii, party-loving brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave Stangle (Zac Efron) place an ad on Craigslist to try and find the perfect girls. Enter Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), a pair of hard-partying best friends who pass themselves off as career women to get a free vacation, a lie that can only last so long as the whole wedding starts going to hell in a hand basket.
Loosely inspired by a true story of two guys who placed an online ad looking for wedding dates, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates goes wild with this premise, delivering a raunchy and almost screwball comedy that pays its debt to Wedding Crashers. Although much of the humour is of the lowbrow variety, that’s not to say it isn’t funny, sometimes very much so. Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza all have an easy rapport together that is a lot of fun to watch, and the film is often enjoyable in a mindless sort of way, delivering enough laughs to make it worth a look.
The Blu-ray also includes commentary by director Jake Syzmansi, a gag reel, three brief Funny Or Die shorts with the cast, and over an hour of deleted and extended scenes that mainly show versions of jokes that often aren’t as funny as the ones that actually made the cut in the movie. There’s also an alternate storyline involving a roasted pig that is pretty cringe-inducing and was thankfully cut from the film, and short featurettes entitled Bits on Bits on Bits and Line-O-Rama, which are montages of improv lines that feel largely recycled from the deleted scenes.
Although there are some amusing moments with the cast buried throughout these bonus features, for the most part there is a lot of crossover content and riffing on the same material, which can make them feel repetitive to watch all at once. Still, the film itself is worth checking out.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a 20th Century Fox release. It’s 99 minutes and rated 14A.