I saw ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ in the Odeon cinema in Brighton and was attracted by the cast, with the brilliant Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Zac Efron (Bad Neighbours) and Adam DeVine (Modern Family) and by the trailer which looked very funny.
I am always on the lookout for a comedy and so I gave the movie a go, particularly as I have seen many of the actors in other comedies and they seem like they could pull off a crazy story like this.
The story itself stems from the fact that a real set of brothers Mike and Dave Stangle advertised on Kreg’s list for dates for their sister’s wedding, the rest is all fiction.
At the end, you could see the character’s improvising their lines which made me think that a proportion of the comedy actually came from the actor’s themselves which probably made it easier for them to act. Aubrey Plaza’s Tatiana is a part she was made to play, the very loud slob is the perfect counterpart to Kendrick’s Alice who loves Rihanna and cannot get over the recent incident where her fiance leaves her at the altar.
The characters work together perfectly to create humour that is on the side of slapstick (sometimes crass) with more complicated humour entwined. Mike and Dave’s love for their sister Jeanie leads to another line of comedy as Alice and Tatiana accidentally ‘ruin’ each event. A parallel line of comedy is Alice and Tatiana discovering the potential flaws in the lifestyle that they had previously just gone along with.
There is also obviously a storyline, which, whilst certainly not as detailed as some films, does have some depth, covers everything from bridal fears before the wedding to the romance of Alice and Dave, and the growing partnership between Tatiana and Mike.
Overall I would recommend ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ for anyone who fancies a laugh and a comedy,
Have a wonderful week
Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox