Recently I was lucky enough to receive tickets to a preview showing of a film (thanks to ShowFilmFirst), but was unlucky enough that the film was Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. While not as repulsive as the ‘comedy’ Dirty Grandpa, also starring Zac Efron and Aubrey Plaza, MADNWD is another unfunny film filled with young stars wasting their potential.
The stars in question are Efron, Plaza, Anna Kendrick and Adam Devine, four very talented individuals whose comedy skills cannot be questioned (Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Pitch Perfect etc). Their skills lift some of the otherwise unfunny jokes. Efron and Devine in particular show off great chemistry and hyperactivity that make these otherwise unremarkable and unlikeable characters bearable. Kendrick and Plaza on the other hand aren’t as lucky. Any Parks and Recreation fan will notice Plaza’s Tatiana character bears a striking resemblance to a scene where April Ludgate jokingly impersonates an annoying co-worker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FewTWONPHRU). Just under two minutes of that type of character works well as annoying comedy, but when you’re stuck with two of them for an hour and forty minutes, it starts to get really really irritating.
The jokes as a whole are the expected crude affair that lack any real wit or intelligence. They come along at a good quick pace, so if you are a fan of that type of humour it will work for you. It is worth noting that, although I barely laughed, most of the audience I was in were roaring with laughter.
Avoiding spoilers, MADNWD attempts to end with a lesson and redemption, but the problems these characters created would still surely outweigh anything they did to help, making this ending seem very forced and completely unbelievable.
Bloopers are played during the credits which show the stars having a good time in the making of this film. I’m glad they enjoyed it, because I certainly didn’t.