Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Stale, raunchy buddy comedy has tons of partying, sex talk.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Underneath all the over-the-top partying and crude humor are the messages that family comes first, and loyalty is essential. Also: Honesty is the best policy, but so is forgiving yourself and others for being human. 

Positive role models & representations

Dave, Mike, Alice, and Tatiana aren't anyone's idea of conscientious or responsible, but they are loyal to their friends and family. That said, some have argued that the way Tatiana and Alice are portrayed is sexist.

Violence

A loud argument escalates into punching and scuffling. A woman purposely throws herself in front of a moving car and gets hit/knocked to the ground. An ATV trip gone awry leaves a woman bruised and bloody. One character throws his luggage at a hotel TV, destroying it. 

Sex

Lots of innuendo and frank conversation about sex/sex acts. Naked butts are seen. One couple is shown having sex. A woman takes Ecstasy and drops her clothes while high, revealing her fully naked body. A masseur strips to his birthday suit and proceeds to give an erotic massage to an unsuspecting female client, who clearly enjoys it (very racy!). A character invites another character to pleasure her so she can win free concert tickets, and it's implied that the challenge is accepted. Some skimpy outfits.

Language

Frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "goddammit," "ass," "t-ts," "d--k," and more.

Consumerism

It's hard to avoid the many featured brands/products, which include Coors, Miller Lite, Jeep, Reddit, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Apple, Sabrett, the New York Yankees, YouTube, and more. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

A character takes Ecstasy. In general, tons of partying/drinking, often to excess; one character keeps telling people she drinks too much.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a raunchy buddy comedy that isn't appropriate for younger teens, despite the fact that it stars Zac Efron (as well as Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Adam Devine). Hard partying -- i.e. drinking and drug use (particuarly Ecstasy) -- figures prominently in the plot, and three of the four leads enjoy their liquor excessively, frequently, and proudly (and even the fourth is hardly a teetotaler). There’s also some nudity, mostly from the side (i.e. no genitalia, though naked backsides are on full display, and some scenes show characters in sexual positions), as well as a "happy ending" massage, scenes of implied masturbation, and lots of frank talk about sex/sex acts. Language is strong and frequent, too, including "s--t," "f--k," "ass," and more. The movie does have themes about the importance of loyalty and family, but they're pretty buried by all the over-the-top content.

User Reviews

Parent Written byCarrie196 July 10, 2016

Entertaining movie , somewhat mature

The worst of the raunchy comedy that came up in the movie was shown in the trailers. I watched all of the trailers and clips released before seeing the movie bu...
Adult Written bym'èd yassine July 8, 2016
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2016
Teen, 16 years old Written byGarrett Pesch September 28, 2016

The Duo's are Great Together

This movie is by far the best Zac Efron movie since 'The Lucky One' ! It is so funny, the only thing is that there is a lot of nudity, although the...

What's the story?

In MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are the Stangle brothers, liquor wholesalers known for their tall tales, crazy shenanigans, and general destructiveness -- all in the pursuit of a good time, but often to detrimental ends. As a result, their parents have put them on notice: At their younger sister's upcoming wedding in Hawaii, they are to behave impeccably and arrive with dates who are "nice girls" and won't let them get out of hand. Enter Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), two recently fired waitresses (they danced on tables while drunk) who are determined to answer Mike and Dave's online call for dates. Alice is also recovering from being jilted at the altar. But the ladies aren't interested in making a good impression; they just want a free vacation, at any cost.

Is it any good?

This movie trades on the charm of its four leads but doesn't deliver on its promise. The jokes in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates are stale, the set-up sexist (supposedly mitigated by the understanding that the women are acting the way they are because they’re "empowered," but, really?), and the story an unoriginal mash-up of other, better comedies (it’s Wedding Crashers meets Neighbors meets Bridesmaids meets every other buddy comedy). So thank goodness for the stars, who are at least likable enough to elicit a few laughs -- that is, when they don't all seem to be trying too hard to make the audience laugh.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates portrays drinking and drug use. Is substance use glamorized? Are there any real-life consequences? Does the movie judge the characters who party hard? Do you?

  • What role does sex play in the movie? How does the comedic tone affect the impact of the scenes involving sex and nudity? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • How would you describe the way Alice and Tatiana are portrayed? Are they empowered or are they stereotyped?

  • How does the movie handle the ideas of love, marriage, sibling relationships, and friendship? Amidst the over-the-top humor, can you see what it's saying about all four?

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