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August 18-31
VOL.14 ISSUE. 26
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Wedding Crashed

Jorge Ignacio Castillo
Published Wednesday July 6, 06:45 pm
Look everyone, it’s another shitty Zac Efron comedy

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Opens July 8
1 out of 5

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Datesis as terrible as you imagine. Thank god, finally a movie that shows women can be as debauched and contemptible as guys. The talented Anna Kendrick as a one-dimensional ditz? Yay, feminism!

Regrettably inspired by real events, the movie follows Mike and Dave Stangle (Adam Devine and Efron), co-dependent brothers who make a living selling tequila. Because of their party-animal antics, their parents force them to get dates for their younger sister’s wedding in an effort to keep them under control.

The plan backfires when Mike and Dave are tricked into taking Alice and Tatiana (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza), two hot messes pretending to be good girls. Since no one in the foursome is particularly good at pretending they’re not human catastrophes, the weekend-long event becomes a time bomb.

Mike and Daveunfolds in predictable fashion, down to the wedding crisis and the surprise discovery of true love. Without a plot, the film depends entirely on the leads’ antics. Aubrey Plaza and Adam Devine have one shtick (deadpan hottie and overconfident jerk) and stretch it to oblivion. Kendrick and Efron have little to work with, outside making googly eyes at each other.

There is a whiff of progressive storytelling that sets the film apart from other equally middling comedies. The marrying couple is of mixed race and it’s not even a plot point; the female characters are sexually liberated and don’t feel the need to apologize for it. But for every point the movie scores, relentless objectification and aggressive anti-intelligence undermines it.  

One final note: I attended a public screening of the film. People around me were laughing consistently at the painfully obvious jokes on screen. If I reviewed audiences, this one would get zero planets.

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