Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – And Funny Lines, Too – Review

Courtesy 20th Century Fox

Courtesy 20th Century Fox

They also need a more imaginative script.

Zac Efron and Adam Devine star as Dave and Mike – two brothers who think they are the life of the party, but who usually end up destroying it in one way or another.

Sick and tired of the boys’ antics, Mom (Stephanie Faracy), Dad (Stephen Root), their little sister Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) and her fiancée Eric (Sam Richardson) have decided to stage an intervention.  Jeanie and Eric have planned an elaborate destination wedding in Hawaii, and they don’t want Mike and Dave to ruin it.

Given an ultimatum, Mike and Dave are forced into finding nice girls to be their dates, and the exercise has garnered a great deal of attention, especially after they appear on TV to make their appeal.  That’s when party girls Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) cook up a scheme to pretend to be those nice girls and get that free trip to Hawaii, so they can enjoy a little debauchery in paradise.

Will Mike and Dave and Tatiana and Alice be on their best behavior, or is disaster just over the horizon?

Everyone involved with Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is trying so hard to be raunchy, dirty and foulmouthed that they forget to be funny.

Writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien end up tossing in expletives at the same rate as an 8-year old who just learned the words.  Instead of developing dialogue with purpose, it feels like they are trying to fit in other words around the expletives.  It’s forced.

After a while, we get it.  This is supposed to be an R-rated movie, but superfluous use of the cursing takes away from establishing a flow and learning more about the characters, especially when what is supposed to be outrageous and shocking in the film isn’t.

Then, Cohen and O’Brien make a half-hearted, much-too-late attempt to inject a love story and some real emotion into a film too far into the potty for this to save it, no matter how hard Kendrick and Efron try to add some heart and soul to Alice and Dave.

Sadly, the poor script leaves Devine (and sometimes Efron and Plaza) screaming and yelling lines as if more volume will make them funnier.  Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is proof this tactic does not work.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is nothing more than a series of semi-outrageous behavior combined with a stream of vulgarity.

0_5waffles_sml½ Waffle (Out of 4)

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is rated R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity.