Movie Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

As we know, if it’s a comedy then just about anything goes. Just like our feature for today — Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates! So prepare yourselves for some laughs and well, some scenes and languages that are only suited for mature audiences.

Hmm… This is the loose side of comedies; since it’s just to make you laugh, one should not take things seriously — whether provocative scenes or languages. T’is why it’s not necessarily for adults but for ‘mature’ viewers. Those who are responsible and self-controlled.

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Zac Efron (Dave), Anna Kendrick (Alice), Aubrey Plaza (Tatiana), and Adam Devine (Mike)

The Synopsis. 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.

Adam Devine (Mike) is just cool in slapstick comedy yet more than his skills in making faces and changing voices, it’s his ‘timing’ that makes the scene a perfect take. Zac Efron (Dave) here, obviously is the milder personality that any exaggeration on his part kinda ruins the scene. Anna Kendrick (Alice), well, she’s now become more type-casted into free-spirited roles — which suits her facial expressions well. Just wondered if she could ‘successfully’ bridge herself into more meaty characters in the future.

The star of the film though is Aubrey Plaza (Tatiana). She’s just a natural in playing bad that’s trying to be good. Hmm…

Anyway, while this is a comedy, some of the scenes were unneeded; otherwise, they were ‘eye-openers’ to all, or at least a reinforcement of values. So, let’s just briefly go through lessons and appreciate life.

Some things in life could be dangerous, know which one
Some things in life could be dangerous, know which one

DRUGS. The use of ‘ecstacy’ exists in the real world. As we heard, know.. and now saw in the movie, it makes one lose control. So, even for the fun of it — don’t try it. Life is more enjoyable when you know exactly what you’re doing and getting into. T’is why the film is really, again, for ‘matured’ viewers only.

PROVOCATIVE SCENES. Here are some. One would be the full shot on Sugar Lyn Beard’s (Jeanie) nakedness. While ‘mature’ audiences could take it as art, ‘care-free’ people could have their imaginations at a high. At the very least, the shot should have just been half-body. Okay, still topless but not long — it’s only to show the effect of drugs.

Two. The jerking of Tatiana on Terry (Dave and Mike’s cousin) while in the spa or shower was also unnecessary. See, movie-goers could still find something else to laugh at even without it, so..

Three. The ‘naked’ massaging — both Jeanie and the masseur. Could this happen, or is this prevalent in real life? Okay, there was no ‘penetration’ but basically massaging — yet it’s still not good; especially for one who is committed.

As for languages, there’s a lot of it. The use of d*ck was just all over. Even the ‘moaning’ while being massaged and things like that. Sometimes, or many times ‘talking dirty’ brings out the animal in humans, so don’t let your guard down.

Nature has its way of finding a suitable partner -- don't force it
Nature has its way of finding a suitable partner — so, don’t force it

BE YOURSELF. Pretending is tough especially if you’re looking for a partner, or even a job. You’d eventually be found out as you would not be able to keep up with every detail. Better be what you really are and a suitable partner, and job would find you.

Though sometimes it’s pressure from society that directs people astray, try not to be one of them — either one. But be sincerely helpful, considerate and upright. And we’ll have a better world towards the next generation.

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