“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” opens this week, and many critics seem to have skipped the honeymoon phase with the comedy led by Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. Indiewire‘s David Ehrlich is one of the more enthusiastic reviewers, calling the film a “relentlessly amusing mid-summer surprise” that functions as “Wedding Crashers” for millennials.
Tim Grierson is more mixed in his Screen Daily review, positing that “there’s very little that’s shocking — and not nearly enough that is funny — about this romantic comedy.” What’s more, the film “wants to have it both ways, being both appalling and touching, but the filmmakers don’t demonstrate an ability to do either well.”
Slant Magazine‘s Eric Henderson offers more praise in his review, giving the film 2.5 stars out of a possible 4 and saying it “makes any number of miraculously right moves across its 98-minute running time. And if it’s ultimately too slapdash to be the minor comedy classic it occasionally feels like it almost could’ve been, the film’s fresh looseness doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Robert Abele is certainly not RSVPing for TheWrap, and he places much of the blame on a perfunctory use of improv. “Where winging it once felt like the seasoning in an absurdist Will Ferrell/Adam McKay movie or a bittersweet Judd Apatow romantic comedy,” he argues, “now it’s the bland entrée.” As such, Abele thinks this “temper tantrum of a comedy” is “more likely to tarnish its cast’s comedy-chops goodwill than to foster a desire to see any more raunch-till-you-drop yukfests.”