Since graduating from his High School Musical Days, Zac Efron has been earning his living playing the frat-boy in comedies. Just this year alone he’s starred in Dirty Grandpa opposite Robert DeNiro; later in 2016, Efron will appear in Neighbors 2 with Seth Rogen, followed by another raunchy comedy in the form of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
The latter has just dropped its first trailer, in which Efron stars as the titular Dave, opposite Adam DeVine (Workaholics) as his brother, Mike. With the family despairing of their hardcore partying ways, their father (Stephen Root) insists they find two ‘nice girls’ as dates for their sister’s wedding in Hawaii.
After placing an online ad, and making an appearance on Wendy Williams’ chat show, the brothers believe they have found the perfect girls in Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation) and Alice (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 2, Into the Woods), but they end up getting outsmarted and out-partied at every turn – and soon realize they’ve landed much more than they’d bargained for. Check out the trailer for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates above, then have a look at the film’s poster, below.
Jake Szymanski directs Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, probably best known for his work on TV with shows such as Saturday Night Live, and Funny or Die. The script comes from Neighbors scribes Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Given Szymanski’s work with Funny or Die, and Cohen and O’Brien’s Neighbors history, it’s no wonder that Mike and Dave is rooted in visual comedy and also delivers plenty of near to the knuckle humor.
There seems to be one major difference with Mike and Dave and other comedies of the same nature, and that is that this time it’s the girls causing most of the trouble as opposed to the loutish guys who won’t grow up. Plaza and Kendrick are both gifted comedy performers, so it’ll be great to see them paired together on screen. Let’s just hope that the Efron and DeVine pairing is equally as strong, and that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates manages to sustain its humor throughout. Neighbors was an enjoyable comedy, with some clever moments; hopefully Mike and Dave will follow a similar pattern.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates opens in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016
Source: 20th Century Fox