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Sep 14, 2016
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We all have guilty pleasures in life, each one different from the next. For some, it could be singing their lungs out to the song "Basang Basa Sa Ulan" while inside the shower. For others, it could be watching funny cat videos on YouTube or listening to a song about making Japanese Tamago on repeat.

(If you were able to resist temptation to hit the replay button, I commend you for being a stronger-willed man than myself.)

My personal guilty pleasure is eating a bag of chicharon during the ungodly hours of the morning while binge-watching shows on Netflix. Sure, I always end up hating myself in the morning and contemplating about all the other poor choices I've made in my life. But that's why they put the word guilty before pleasure, right?

Zac Efron and Adam Devine as leotard-wearing and skirt-chasing bros Mike and Dave

For some people, the movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates can be lumped with all those other guilty pleasures. Everything you really need to know about the plot of the film is conveniently already in its title. This comedy from director Jake Szymanski stars Zac Efron (the guy your girlfriend wishes you looked like) and Adam Devine (not a typo and not to be mistaken for the lead singer of Maroon 5) as Mike and Dave Stangle, two infantile brothers who place an online ad on Craigslist in hopes of finding "respectable" dates to their younger sister's wedding.

Because of their hard-partying ways, their family requires them to bring chaperones so they won't feel the need to impress girls at the wedding and ruin another celebration—which they have a habit of doing. The boys offer an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii and the chance to participate in all of the matrimonial activities of the Stangle family.

Yes, she's doing something to that apple that will not make PNP Chief Bato happy

Naturally, a lot of women (and even men) will jump at the chance for a free trip to Hawaii. After a few hits and misses, it seems like Mike and Dave finally hit the jackpot with Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza). These girls look like the perfect companions to show off to the family, but the boys soon find out that these two are actually wilder than they are.

For a free trip to the islands of Hawaii, these two down-and-out and constantly stoned waitresses are on a mission to pretend to be good girls for one weekend. They soon realize that this is actually a lot harder than it seems. Despite Mike and Dave's best efforts to ensure that their sister's wedding is free of shenanigans, trouble just seems to find these guys and hilarity ensues.

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If you thought the plot seems absurd since nobody in their right minds will go looking for wedding dates on Craigslist, you clearly still have a lot of faith in humanity. It might interest you to know that the movie is actually based on real-life. There's a real Mike and Dave Stangle who posted an ad on Craigslist that went viral. They ended up being interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show and Anderson Cooper on CNN.

Your girlfriend will watch this for Zac Efron abs,
but she'll like it for Adam Devine's goofy facial expressions

Zac and Adam as the adventurous siblings are effective as well-meaning and lovable goofs, despite looking nothing alike. Although their antics are often times crass and juvenile, they still come off as charming. Their relationship in the movie seems like a mix between that of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers and that of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers. The influence of these classic comedies on Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is evident right from the get-go with an opening montage that is reminiscent of the one in Crashers.

Aubrey and Anna (doesn't it seem like she's in everything lately?) hit it off as Tatiana and Alice. The former's trademark deadpan zingers to shoot down Mike's attempts to get into her pants and the latter's silly but cute antics steal the show. This movie shows that being raunchy in movies to get some laughs is no longer a male-exclusive enterprise.

Remember that hard-partying friend you had that your mom would warn you about hanging out with? Multiply him/her by four and these guys is what you'll get

If you've decided to watch Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates then you're probably doing it for the laughs and the gags. And on that end, the movie definitely delivers. As most comedies go, a lot of the jokes are hit or miss. But the film has a lot more hits, misses, and laugh-out-loud moments. The plot is pretty straightforward and there are a lot of instances where it seems to progress only as an excuse to setup another joke. But that's alright. People will come see this movie for laughs and that is what they'll get. The movie is rated R-18, so jokes are definitely crude and raunchy—honestly that's just the way we like it sometimes. Like a sinful bag of chicharon during the wee hours of the morning, it's okay to let loose and indulge in our guilty pleasures every once in a while.

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The movie opens on September 14 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

6.5/10. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is an enjoyable and fun-filled laugh out loud comedy that is buoyed by the comedic performances of its cast despite its thin plot.


Rey de la Cruz Jr. likes talking about films as much as he likes watching them. He runs
 www.reyview.org, a site that provides Filipino moviegoers with reviews written in a voice that is uniquely Pinoy.

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