Film Review by Andy Box
Hard-partying brothers Mike (Devine) and Dave (Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Kendrick, Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.
The ReviewWedding Crashers meets Pitch Perfect
Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien scripts (Bad Neighbours) with Zac Efron (Charlie St Cloud) equals outrageous fun... but not necessarily for all the family.
Efron is his Tommy Hilfigeresque self as charming brother Dave who truly believes in love and anything else his brother tells him.
Mike, the older of the two is played by the talented Adam Devine who may be better known for his writing (The Intern, Pitch Perfect) and together they use digital media to search for the perfect dates for their sister’s wedding.
What could possibly wrong? Well, when the ladies in question are Anna Kendrick (Twilight) and the crazy, in your face Aubrey Plaza (Dirty Grandpa) then a destination wedding may not end up quite as planned.
The comedy is direct, rude and at times just down right dirty and although somewhat obvious it still works judging by the laughs during the screening.
The only surprising thing about this movie is that Seth Rogan and Robert De Niro are not in it.
If you are about to tie the knot then maybe an evening at the movies, having a laugh may be just what you need to take a step back and unwind. Otherwise this is a decent couples film full of humour and one liners.
Releases: 7th July 2016
Duration: 98 minutes
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Devine
Director: Jake Szymanski (Debut Feature Film)
Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza are best friends in real life. They previously starred together in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Life After Beth (2014).
T.J. Miller was offered a role in the film but turned it down to do Deadpool (2016) instead.
This film was inspired by the true story of brothers Mike and Dave Stangle who placed an ad on Craigslist seeking dates for their cousins wedding in October of 2013. In which, the Stangles described their ideal dates as "attractive ("or our aunts will judge you") but not too attractive ("or one of our uncles might grope you"), easygoing ("as we'll probably make up flattering lies about you on the spot") and preferably sisters ("but we'll take friends, or even enemies"). They also needed to own their own dresses ("because we don't have any")." Followed by, "We're both in our 20s, single, dashingly tall, Anglo-Saxon, respectfully athletic, love to party, completely house trained, relaxed, passionate, smell great, have cool hair, clean up nice, boast great tie collections, will promise to shave, love our mother, have seen Love Actually several times, controversial, provocative, short-sighted (with a big picture mentality), raw, emotional, sensitive but still bad boys."
In a 2014 skit filmed as a promo for "Neighbours", Zac Efron tells Adam DeVine that they could be brothers. In this film, they play siblings.