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Issue: Autumn 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) movie review

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Movie poster, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's (Sugar Lyn Beard) Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.

This film is a wonderfully enjoyable, unashamed comedy. The audience laughed without malice, or snickering, but in whole-hearted pleasure. Don't be put off by the idea that this might be another sophomoric slapstick gross-out-fest. This is a grownup comedy for grownup audiences, and seriously fun.

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Adam DeVine, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (c) 2016 Fox

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates opens with the brothers' idea of how they create fabulous fun times at family gatherings. But the truth is that it's all good fun until someone blows up Dad's RV. So when their sister is to be married in a destination wedding in Hawaii, the family insist that Mike and Dave bring responsible girls to the wedding. Because that's going to keep them in check, or at least stop them from hitting on all the women at the events.

So where do two fun-loving beer-selling brothers look for nice girls? Craigslist of course. A free trip to Hawaii?

Enter Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) two fun-loving girls who are willing to appear classy-as-fuck to catch the eyes of the brothers and have a much-needed vacation. First step. Steal some clothes.

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Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Adam DeVine in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (c) 2016 Fox

Enough setup. This is not a film to be dissected to find it's meaning. It is what it sets out to be, a comedy. The laughs come often. The actors, including Stephen Root as the father and Stephanie Faracy as the mother, play their roles well. They obey the Buster Keaton rule that the comedian should not find the situation amusing.

Congratulations go to Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien for an enjoyable script.

Absolutely go to this film for a good cleansing laugh.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 07 July 2016
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Just the facts:

Title: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Written by: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien (scr)
Directed by: Jake Szymanski
Running time: mins

The Players: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Branscombe Richmond, Aubrey Plaza, Adam DeVine, Stephen Root, Chloe Bridges Aubrey Plaza, Adam DeVine, Chloe Bridges, Stephen Root, Branscombe Richmond,

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