Comedies, for me, are a tough thing to review. Not everyone like the same type of humor or jokes and what can come off as low-brow comedy can often be gold to the right audience. There is a reason Will Ferrell can stay in business, a lot of people hate his over-the-top childish humor but a lot of others love it. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates falls under that same type of Ferrell-esque humor for me. While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, critically the movie bombed. That being said, if you’re wanting to see a movie that isn’t too plot-heavy and just goes for the simple laughs and crazy humor, this is the movie for you. It delivers the laughs and even some solid heart-felt moments. And above all, it has solidified Zac Efron as a solid comedic actor. He’s just a funny guy, and this is not something I would have seen post High School Musical. He was funny in both Neighbors films and he was pretty hilarious in this movie.
Mike and Dave Stangle are young, adventurous, fun-loving brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. When their sister Jeanie reveals her Hawaiian wedding plans, the rest of the clan insists that they both bring respectable dates. After placing an ad on Craigslist, the siblings decide to pick Tatiana and Alice, two charming and seemingly normal waitresses. Once they arrive on the island, however, Mike and Dave realize that their companions are ready to get wild and party hard.
This is probably going to be one of my shorter reviews, not because the movie was bad, but because at the end of the day, all you really want to know is, ‘was the movie good?’ and the answer to that very important question is, ‘yes’ at least it was to me. So if that’s all you’re looking for, go! Scram!!! But seriously, is there a world where we actually buy the fact that Zac Efron and Adam Devine could be brothers? But that’s where this film works, Efron plays such a charmingly dumb person that the answer to that question is also a ‘yes’. They’re on-screen chemistry works to bring this movie from stupid comedy to delightful and endearing.
What makes this movie work is that both main characters are relatable to a lot of people today. They’re the screw-ups of the family despite the fact that they try their best. Both of the Stangle brothers push each other to often take things too far and they enable mediocrity within each other. But beneath that, they are older brothers with a fierce loyalty to their sister and will do anything to make her happy. Even if that does mean scouring the internet for ‘nice’ and ‘kind’ girls to bring to her wedding to keep themselves grounded and calm throughout the affair. You feel bad for them when things don’t go their way and shit gets ruined and, despite the movie often getting laughs from dumb jokes, you actually have an emotional connection with not only the Stangle brothers, but their two dates who have similar character flaws of their own.
The ridiculous humor and antics of the main cast will make you laugh, however, throughout the entire runtime of the film (hopefully). Much of what happens is a bit over-the-top but not so far removed from reality that it is eye-roll worthy. It is sort of like if The Wedding Crashers had a younger brother who was aspiring to be like him but wasn’t quite there yet. That’s far from an insult, that movie was friggin’ gold, and this movie certainly has its moments, but it fall shy of that level. But if you want some laughs, decent character development and zany situations, this is your film!