After a string of boisterous, and often dangerous, benders at family gatherings, brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stangle are asked by their family to bring respectable dates to their sister Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) wedding in Hawaii. Who they find, however, may prove to be even more boisterous than the Stangle brothers themselves.
As is common with most comedy films, Mike and Dave features characters who are complete idiots. Juvenile humor and gags abound as a result. And, for what it is, it is relatively funny.
The comedic timing of the leads are all helpful, even when the story stagnates and the jokes are tepid. The story is very by the numbers, taking similar narrative routes to other raunchy wedding comedies like Wedding Crashers (which the film even references). Though, one subplot involving a character being left at the alter is interesting, even if it winds up being tied up conventionally in the end.
Comedically, the film makes heavy use of montage and slow motion, to the point of eye-rolling redundancy. On the flip side, it does weasel some effectiveness out of movie references and cameos from the likes of Kumail Nanjiani.
The issue with films of this persuasion is that they always attempt at a shallow throughline of redemption that can only hope to push forward watered down character arcs and conventional denouements. In this case, the film does address the absurdity of such an attempt, then it goes ahead and makes it anyway. Mike and Dave may have the charisma and comedic talent of its cast to help it along, but it doesn’t exceed its own grasp as a crass wedding comedy.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)