Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is another loud, crude American comedy that only covers the bare minimum but little else.
2016 is the year of the Zac Efron comedy; it's only July and we've had three of these things already! While Bad Neighbours 2 was pretty decent, Dirty Grandpa was apparently an insult to cinema - thankfully, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rates nearer the former. Don't get me wrong, it's by no means great, but it's not totally unwatchable either.
The two pairs meet, hit it off and there we have it; a premise for comedic hilarity, presumably. I don't know what it is about 90% of comedies nowadays but they just don't do it for me; Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is no different. Despite the hip, young cast and a premise that, in the right hands, would be comedic dynamite, the film never seems to achieve more than the bare minimum.
The performances are solid, if not great. The two gals sell it with Efron occasionally working in a decent quip or two. It's DeVine who drags everyone down with a loud, shouty performance that gets old really, really fast.
The real standouts are Beard as Jeanie, the squeaky-voiced sister, and Kumail Nanjiani as a masseuse at the holiday resort. You've already seen this hilarious scene in the trailer, but seeing it play out and reach its fantastic climax (pun intended) is greater still.
The third act begins to spin its wheels, which isn't a good sign for a comedy that barely tips over 90 minutes. I'm not going to say this movie is a complete waste of time because it isn't, but neither is it anything special to write home about. You'll likely see it at some point, chuckle at some points and roll your eyes at others before forgetting the whole experience entirely.
The Verdict: 5/10
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates has its moments, but they're too few and far between to offer anything other than a disinterested shrug. Kendrick, Plaza and occasionally Efron make this film at least watchable.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is in cinemas across Australia now.