So, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is based off of a true story (seriously, I'm not kidding) about two boys who crash and devour weddings like I devour apples. Well, they are alcohol salesman. Not really someone you'd want to give a summer job at the shoe store, or any job at the mall, to. They're the two teens who will make out with the people their age invited, they'll make up games with the trampoline and will wahoo the wedding almost certainly. This time, the wedding is for their sister Jeanie, which is a wedding they can NOT screw up. How important is this? Their father calls them infants. He tells them that the only way they can come to the wedding which is in Hawaii, they have to take dates. They start up a petition of sorts to find a girl and a few dozen whores and bores later, they come across best friends Tatiana and Alice. Tatiana is a school teacher and Alice organizes, well, organizes for a, um, organizing company. Will they still stay out of trouble, or are these girls the added steroid with some hidden ingredient?
When I found out Hawaii was the destination, I had to get my night gown helmet ready, because the last movie I saw with that as the setting was Aloha, and the soundtrack it chose even in the opening sequence seemed almost composed strategically to put me to sleep. The first few minutes were of hilarious clips of some of Mike and Dave's wedding disasters that is able to do more than make everyone swallow shots. The movie is smarter than that. The movie is also smart enough to not make Tatiana and Alice the same person yet give the same kind of mischief.
I also related to Mike and Dave mostly because of childhood nightmares. There have been times as a little kid where I accidentally screwed up something important, or accidentally bullied someone or embarrassed myself, but thankfully it never gets quite too sappy. There's a clip with a building completely destroyed, sort of their fault but it was never their intention...
Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza are very pleasing as the lead girls, pretty much playing the same characters they'd play in other roles except completely drunk, and they acknowledge that there are times when accidents are their fault. I was very grateful when the movie acknowledged this as well. And all around, this movie is just plain fun. There's not much more I can bring to the table other than that, except the best part is when Mike and Dave accidentally broadcast some hilarious and cup-crashing confessions and my least favourite part was an ATV scene where Tatiana ignores Mike's desires and a stunt where it seems the hill isn't that steep. But I was exhausted from raunch comedies after the notorious How to be Single and the disgusting Fifty Shades of Black, and this movie brought back the laughs and messages I've been waiting for.
Basically, who can't like a movie that acknowledges Raphael the turtle is cool but crude, sprouting the lyrics from the first and beloved cartoon, or a movie that makes someone take an online test in order to be allowed to pronounce a couple husband and wife, or a movie that actually builds up a load of shit problems and the kids put themselves in charge as adults to fix the whole thing head-on rather than just roll around in shame, making up and kissing, while waiting for the credits to be over? The movie isn't poetry; it just tries to be a fun time, and it fits the bill.