Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Reviews: What the Critics Say
Eleven years after “The Wedding Crashers” with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, two uninvited guests are back on the prowl, only the genders are reversed, with Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza called upon to bust up the marital bliss in “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.”
Whether the world needs another raunchy comedy about people who crash weddings — and whether “Mike and Dave” is that movie — divided critics, as shown by its 53 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The positive reviews found unexpected surprises in this film also starring Adam Devine and Zac Efron as brothers who turn to Craigslist for good-girl dates to their sister’s Hawaiian wedding, only to land two bad eggs in Kendrick and Plaza.
“‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ is uproarious and flamboyantly raunchy, utterly stupid yet also occasionally winning. You’ll laugh, but you might feel bad for doing it: Amusement is a form of approval, and do we really want to encourage such filth?” — Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
“Disconcerting as it is to see such shrewd actresses as Kendrick and Plaza play brainless skanks, they hit their marks with gusto and a little sweetness” — Kyle Smith, New York Post
Half the Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Reviews Say the Cast Couldn’t Overcome the Script
But detractors say even a cast this talented couldn’t transcend the material.
“‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ confuses repetitive raunchiness with daring humor. It hammers us over the head with the same handful of jokes in the hopes of beating us into submission. And it strains the screen appeal of a group of actors who normally are enormously likable” — Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
“The audience is sure to demand its quota of gross-out gags, gratuitous nudity, discombobulated druggie slapstick, dialogue sprinkled with over-the-top raunch, and at least one sequence in which a character we like gets seriously physically damaged. ‘Mike and Dave’ offers all of that, so no one should walk away too disappointed, but the good news is that the movie, while it rambles on a bit, also has a gently nutty spirit that is often quite winning” — Owen Glieberman, Variety