Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

Director: Jake Szymanski

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien (Screenplay)

Starring: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root, Stephanie Faracy

 

Plot: Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.

 

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Verdict: Simple Comedy

 

Story: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates starts as we meet brothers Dave (Efron) and Mike (Devine) who are full party animals but when their reputation puts them in a hard place when it comes to their sister’s wedding, the two told if they don’t bring dates to the wedding they can’t go to the wedding. On the other side of town, we meet the party animals in Alice (Kendrick) and Tatiana (Plaza) who recently lose their jobs.

Mike and Dave put an add up on craigslist looking for dates, this goes viral and they go through all the creeps, but when Tatiana and Alice learn about the ad, they go out of their way to get selected for the holiday to Hawaii for the wedding. Can the boys behave themselves for one weekend and keep the girls under control.

 

Thoughts on Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

 

Characters/PerformanceDave is the slightly more sensible of the two brothers’ but he has always followed his brother’s lead. Mike is the loud mouth brother who always finds himself talking into trouble but because of his better-looking brother his confidence remains high. Alice was once a nice girl but since she was left at the alter she has become depressed needing to turn to drink always getting both her friends together. Tatiana is the one that miss-leads Alice with her attitude believe she has the power to control any guy. These characters are a nice mix with Mike and Tatiana being the extra over the top supporting pairing. Dave you can see is a character with dreams he just needs someone to push him forward and Alice is a very confusing character because around Dave she is a broken woman but around Tatiana she is the a stoner character which seems too opposite.

Performance wise, Zac Efron is good in this role because he does end up going through a wider range of comedy through the film. Anna Kendrick does struggle with this role because she doesn’t have the look to come off as a stoner type of character, she is usually the sweet girl. Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza both give us the performance we expect from them both where the jokes do most of the work.

StoryThe story should focus more on the brothers learning they need to grow up when their own sister is getting married but we focus too much on the party animals involved in the story. we struggle to focus on any side of the story enough and the strong ending doesn’t come off strong enough once we get there.

Adventure/Comedy/RomanceThe adventure is the holiday which I all what you expect, the comedy is a mix of raunchy sex comedy which sometimes hits and other times goes too far. The romance side is loose but doesn’t click for the characters enough.

SettingsHawaii will always be a beautiful setting for the film and gives us the sun, sea for the holiday around the wedding.

Final ThoughtsThis comedy is easily in the middle of the road when it comes to the raunchy side, it goes passed Wedding Crashers but doesn’t go full Rogen.

 

Overall: Raunchy comedy that isn’t going to be for everyone.

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Seth Rogen Weekend – Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

badDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen (Screenplay)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Bryne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ike Barinholtz, Kiersey Clemons, Dave Franco, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kelsey Grammer

 

Plot: When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Terribly Written Characters

 

Story: Bad Neighbours 2 starts as we meet Mac (Rogen) & Kelly (Byrne) going to have a new baby as they are planning to sell their house and with the deal down they have 30 days before the house is official sold. We also meet Shelby (Moretz) fresh into college but want to have their own parties with drugs and they happen to find the house next to the Radner’s. We also catch up with Teddy (Efron) who has been struggling since college with his friend’s all moving onto the next stage of their lives.

Teddy arranges to mentor the sorority who want to be treated fairly in the none sexist world of college leading to a new battle between the Radner’s and the sorority, but the rules are different this time. The Radner’s team up with Teddy to battle the girls planning their own games.

Bad Neighbours 2 continues the grossed out comedy with terrible parenting and unrealistic characters happening throughout. The only character that seems real is Teddy because who is struggling to find his place in the grown up world with all his friends moving on. But this doesn’t get enough focus from the film. I found myself wondering one simple thing through this film, why doesn’t Teddy just call his cop brother from the fraternity in the first film and everything will be solved. I think the story went over heavy with the sexism side of the story and when it comes to those parents I couldn’t help but ask how they still have their children. The story is a rinse repeat of the first one with laughs that seem so out of place for a normal situation the film is just bad.

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Mac is still our stoner dad who is delighted to be having a new baby and moving into new home, but his world is about come back into the nightmare when a sorority moves in next door as they are trying to sell the house, Mac must team up with Teddy to battle the girls. Seth is his usual stoner comedy level humour.

Zac Efron: Teddy is struggling with his own life still working in retail while his other brothers have moved onto be successes. He decides to help the girls start their sorority only to find himself being seen as too old to be around them and teaming up with Mac to fight them and finding his own place in the world. Zac is the highlight of the film and the only character that comes off feeling real.

Rose Byrne: Kelly is pregnant again and now the family is looking to move she has to enter into the battle to get the house the family need. Rose doesn’t seem to get as much screen time as the other three main characters.

Chloe Grace Moretz: Shelby is the college student who wants to express herself after a bad high school experience and be strong female household away from the sexist male ones. Chloe is good for this film showing a mature performance but the character comes off very confusing.

Support Cast: Bad Neighbours 2 has the same sort of supporting characters with a few returning faces grown up but the college students feel familiar.

Director Review: Nicholas StollerNicholas gives us the same old comedy that really just doesn’t work for this story.

 

Comedy: Bad Neighbours 2 has full out grossed out humour that is way over the top.

Settings: Bad Neighbours 2 keeps most of the settings in the same locations as the first but as I find the story is so bad.
Special Effects
: Bad Neighbours 2 has a few effects needed with one looking terrible and the others working.

Suggestion: Bad Neighbours 2 is one I do think people can avoid. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Teddy character works for the post college lost person character.

Worst Part: Terrible parents happening.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Parenthood vs. sisterhood

 

Overall: Another terrible addition to the comedy genre.

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Seth Rogen Weekend – Bad Neighbours (2014)

badDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien (Screenplay)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Halston Sage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Carla Gallo

 

Plot: After they are forced to live next to a fraternity house, a couple with a newborn baby do whatever they can to take them down.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Worst Parents Ever

 

Story: Bad Neighbours starts as we follow Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) in their new house with their new born baby. As they struggle with their new lives they find out a fraternity has moved in next door run by President Teddy (Efron) and Vice-President Pete (Franco).

After Teddy and Pete invite them Mac and Kelly to party they make an agreement to communicate about noise complaints they break the promise and call the cops Mac & Kelly find themselves being targeted by the fraternity leading to battle between the family and the fraternity.

Bad Neighbours is a film that I really have mixed feelings about because deep down this has a very good story of showing four people who are reaching different stages of their lives and need to learn to change. We have the parents who wants to grow up, the frat guy who doesn’t realize what college is about and the one who does learn that you need to balance the party with the studying. Now to the things that I didn’t like, the parents are awful constantly wanting to drink, do drugs and swear on front of their baby. How would they left a fraternity move into a neighbourhood if they had no money to buy the house? Finally, I have said this before but do parties always have to have stupid amounts of drugs being used? Not looking at the deeper meaning of this film enough really makes it a hard watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Mac is the husband & father who still wants to have his party lifestyle but the fraternity moving next door makes him realize he needs to grow up and show responsibility. He tries to keep up with the young people but doesn’t have what it takes anymore. He really is a bad parent wanting to do drugs, party while leaving his baby alone. Seth gives his basic I am a stoner performance when we know he is better than that.mac

Rose Byrne: Kelly is the mother & wife who is a stay at home parent for now, she does come off as the responsible one but also misses the party lifestyle. She is happy to battle until it gets personal and dangerous but deep down she just struggling with the extra responsibility. Rose shows she has range with this role but never nails to comedy like the rest of the cast.kelly

Zac Efron: Teddy is the President of the fraternity that moves in next door to the Radner. He offers an open invitation to them to be civil but when they call the cops he leads a war against them. He had always planned this year to be his blow-out year to be remember but never looked to the future. Zac is the highlight of the film entering into a world he isn’t normally seen in and being the party animal you would expect from him.teddy

Dave Franco: Pete is the vice-president of the fraternity who is the person Teddy talks to about plans but he has been planning past college unlike Teddy. Dave is solid in the supporting role making a name for himself in comedy roles.

Support Cast: Bad Neighbours has a big supporting cast that all have their moments for laughs without being too bigger part.

Director Review: Nicholas StollerNicholas does all you need to for a raunchy comedy without being too original with anything.

 

Comedy: Bad Neighbours has a few laughs but not enough for a top comedy.

Settings: Bad Neighbours uses the idea of neighbours battling well but so does All American Rejects.

Suggestion: Bad Neighbours is one for comedy fans to try, if you like this humour you will enjoy. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Airbags.

Worst Part: Pointless amounts of drug use.

Funniest Scene: Found the Airbags.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: All American Rejects song video Gives You Hell

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $150 Million

Budget: $18 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline:  The battle for the street begins.

 

Overall: Disappointing comedy that just shows off awful parenting.

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