Currently busy filming the Baywatch movie, Zac Efron has steadily made a name for himself inn R-rated comedies since his High School Musical days. The frat boy who refuses to grow up is a role he plays well too – and though his films might not be the most profound movies ever made, they all perform decently at the box office and make audiences laugh (the exception being Dirty Grandpa, which performed averagely at the box office but was loathed by critics).
While the Baywatch movie won’t arrive until 2017, this year is a busy one for Efron. After Dirty Grandpa, Efron has the release of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising with Seth Rogen, followed by Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The red band trailer for the movie has just dropped online and can be viewed, above.
Efron plays the titular Dave, with Adam DeVine (Workaholics) opposite as his brother, Mike. The brothers are into hardcore partying and drinking and generally trying to avoid ‘adulting’ at all costs. Mike and Dave’s sister, Jeanie, is about to get married and, with the family despairing of their behavior, their father (Stephen Root) insists they each find a respectable date for the wedding.
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). However, they end up getting outsmarted and out-partied at every turn as things go from bad to worse.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is directed by Jake Szymanski, 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, so it’s little surprise to see so much near to the knuckle humor in this trailer.
Plaza plays the sullen, moody role well after perfecting her characters skills on Parks and Rec. Kendrick is more upbeat and lively but both of their characters in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates are utterly filthy and with very little morals. It makes for a nice change of pace to see the girls behaving worse than the guys, and the guys being the ones despairing of the situation. From the looks of this trailer, Efron and DeVine seem to bounce off one another well, which hopefully will lead to some great scenes; Efron often performs that much better when he’s comfortable with his fellow actors (in Neighbors, for example).
While Mike and Dave might not set the box office alight, it should perform reasonably well regardless. There’s certainly a place for these types of comedies, which seek to shock and produce lots of moments which make viewers laugh in spite of themselves.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates will open in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox