Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: What Were You Expecting?
We live here on Earth, where it’s hard to escape seeing a trailer a movie before you see it. Even if you haven’t seen a trailer, I’m going to presume that you don’t live in a hermetically sealed bubble and that you know something about a flick before sitting down to watch a movie. That being said, I am stunned at how low the audience score is for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and I’m confused about the critic’s score given the movie’s construction.
This movie tells no lies. Right from the start, it’s clear this is a wacky comedy. That’s what it promises, that’s what it delivers throughout. I didn’t feel the tone waved around, the story is easy enough to follow and generally makes sense. I’ll even give Mike and Dave bonus points for acknowledging that Wedding Crashers exists AND for Mike and Dave being a much better movie.
Yeah, I said it. I know everybody liked that movie. I did not.
At the end of the day, Mike and Dave is a comedy and it made me laugh while not punishing me with a plot I couldn’t follow, so that’s good enough for me. But an average score of 4.8 out of 10 from critics? No, no, Nanette. This movie is a solid 6.5-7. It’s not the best comedy ever, but it’s worthy of your time.
As for audiences… what were you expecting? Surely you saw a trailer before purchasing a ticket. 3.3 out of 5 isn’t completely out of line, but I expected this to be at least a 4 from audiences. But no… and I can’t imagine what audience that paid to see this in the theater (I did not, I saw it at home) were expecting and what they wanted that this movie didn’t deliver. Clearly, something, but I can’t imagine what.
So yes, if you want to watch a wacky R rated comedy, I would recommend Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. It’s not a game changer, it’s probably not going to be on a 10 BEST COMEDIES OF THE DECADE list, but it’s solid entertainment.