What a week it’s been! I’ve finally been offered a job, but I am currently waiting for my background check results to go through. On Monday I am supposed to start orientation! The wait is killing me! To celebrate, and to get some well-needed distraction, I went to the movies again this week. I chose to see Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. I can’t believe this is my third Zac Efron movie review! But he’s cool though. I love going to see him. Mike and Dave is a good 2 hours of fun if you have the time. Not the best movie, but certainly not bad.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Starring: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza

Director: Ira Rosensweig

Report Card

Photo Still From Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Story: C+

Slightly based on a true story, Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are double trouble at every family event, and are given an ultimatum before their sister Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) wedding to Eric (Sam Richardson). Jeanie wants Mike and Dave to bring “nice” girls to their affair in an effort to mellow the brothers out. The brothers post a Craigslist ad that goes viral, and garners the attention of fun-loving, uncouth Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza). They plan to scam the brothers for a free Hawaii vacation in the hopes that Alice can get her groove back after being left at the alter. Of course, chaos occurs and the film ends predictably, but there are laughs throughout. The story is simple, but it’s entertaining if you love raunchy, slap-stick humor. My main complaint though, is Zac Efron’s type-casting. I felt that his character in this film was an extension from his characters in Neighbors and Dirty Grandpa. There really isn’t much difference between the three. While I do love Zac in comedies, I want him to continue to do serious roles too.

#Aesthetics: C+

Not much going on minus all the attractive cast members and gorgeous shots of Hawaii. Also, points for the awesome aerial views of the area Jurrassic Park was filmed! I need to know if the ATV tours are a real thing!

Ear Porn: B-

Some catchy party tunes in the soundtrack. Alice loves listening to Rihanna, and I do too. I loved in the end where Mike and Dave danced to Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It”.

Representin’: B-

I like how Mike and Dave portrays an interracial relationship without it being a big deal. I was worried there would be some jokes, but none came. Except, maybe for one Black Ken joke. Eric and Jeanie’s relationship was central to the plot, so both characters got plenty of screen time. Like LGBT relationships, interracial relationships occur normally in real life too, and it was good to see a mixed family gathering. It was also a big surprise to see one of my favorite comedians in the supporting cast- Lavell Crawford (Keith). Moving on, one of my favorite characters in the film was Cousin Terry (Alice Wetterlund) a sleazy business woman with the eyes for Tatiana. She has a bitter rivalry with Mike and provides some of the funniest moments.

Girl Power: C+

Alice and Tatiana are not the best models for feminism, but they do succeed in being even worse than their male counterparts. They’re vulgar, they lie, they steal. What I do love in a lot of today’s raunchy comedies, is women being portrayed as just as bad or worse than males. Females, we are gross. We drink, we like sex, and we don’t always do the right thing. Tatiana is a highly sexual being, and that’s OK. She calls the shots with Mike. Alice and Jeanie are a bit different. Jeanie is obviously young, but there is nothing wrong with marrying early. She has her rebellious moments, but everything is resolved with a happy ending. Alice has been recovering from being abandoned on her wedding day. She spends a good while rehashing the moment, watching a video on her phone- but gets her “groove” back when she meets Dave. Is meeting a guy always the best answer no? But it’s a happy conclusion to the story.

Box Office:  TBD

It’s still a bit early, so I haven’t been able to see any results yet. Mike and Dave is predicted to have a $13 million-$14 million opening weekend.  But with big family-friendly competition against Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets, it might do OK, but not stellar.


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