Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stangle are the life of the party at their family events and get a little too crazy. Their parents want them to bring dates, so they put an ad on Craigslist. They happen to meet two “nice girls” in Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza).
This movie was laughs from start to finish. The chemistry between Zac Efron and Adam Devine is impeccable. That comedic timing is there throughout and they bring it here. Every scene felt like they were going for it and it showed. They crushed it. With three comedies in 2016 for Efron (Dirty Grandpa and Neighbors 2) this is the best of the bunch. Devine should break out huge on the heels of this. He was the standout. All of his scenes stood above the rest.
Equally as great were Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. They were believable as these two girls who are down on their luck looking for a good time. Some of the most gut busting scenes are with them just playing off of each other. Aubrey Plaza seems like she just plays herself in these R rated comedies. Usually I’m not into the same schtick over and over, but hers worked really well with Anna Kendrick. Out of the two, both being really over the top and crazy chicks, Tatiana was the one keeping Alice in check. That should tell you something about how insane their bits were.
I could tell that there was a lot of improv on set, because some of the lines were just so over the top and crazy that they just killed. That says a lot about director Jake Szymanaki. He gave these four the freedom to hit a home run, and they did in every scene.
The story is a bit cliché. From the beginning you know where it’s going. In a comedy I just want to laugh and have a good time. This film did that for me. Devine, Efron, Kendrick, and Plaza are comedy stars in their own right. Fox put that melting pot together in Mike & Dave and got the comedy of the year.