Zac Efron and Adam Devine play the Stangle Brothers. They have a history of ruining family events through idiotic actions, so when their sister is about to get married, an intervention is given. Serving as an intended wake-up call for the brothers as well as a chance for the audience to get a condensed version of their antics from a "best of" video compilation, their tasked with bringing suitable girls as dates to keep them in line.
Of course, guys like these are prone to find anything but sweet, innocent girls and the narrative which follows, offers plenty of antics, some hilarious, some that fall flat, but almost all of them, crude. In its best moments, "MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES" plays like a Farrelly Bros. movie. Unfortunately, there are more than a few scenes that just feel forced and serve little purpose.
Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick aren't anything special, but the chemistry between Efron and Devine helps make the film work and it's easier to suffer through the dull parts due to them.
Built as sort of an adventure, when the boys take the girls to Hawaii, the film, both in content and visual quality, are greatly improved. It's just frustrating that the Hawaii part doesn't start sooner. While there are some very funny moments, it's unlikely to please a fair amount of adults over 40. For those under 40, "MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES" will win over plenty of fans.
FOX has provided the correct 2.39:1 aspect ratio for the MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p Blu-ray and the 2K DI has been up-converted for the 4K UltraHD disc.
So, being that a blu-ray exists separately and as part of this 4K UltraHD offer, is there an advantage to purchasing the 4K? It's a bit of a mixed bag. While detail is impressive on the blu-ray, it can be problematic in 4K because blemishes and other things stand out much more. An example is noticeable make-up standing out on the boys, wherein the blu-ray, it's not noticeable. Colors are vibrant on the blu-ray, however, the advantages of HDR on the 4K are noticeable throughout, offering incredibly brighter colors and deeper darks. The richness of color and some improvement over the blu-ray in depth, does make the 4K a better choice. As already mentioned, just for the Hawaii shots alone, this 4K offering should make Hawaii Tourism Agencies proud! For a few dollars above the blu-ray, to get both, it's easy to recommend.
The same DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix is offered on both the blu-ray and 4K. For a comedy, this mix is much more immersive than typical. Songs, carefully selected for the film, give an added oomph to scene-after-scene. Bass is prominent when needed. Dialogue tends to be focused on the center channel, but there are plenty of ambient effects, opening the environment up and giving the film a big feel. It's a fun mix!
The audio commentary offered as a supplement, is surprisingly funny as well as enlightening and recommended for fans as well as aspiring film-makers.
Additionally, the blu-ray offers plenty of extended and deleted scenes(some of which should've been left in the film because they're hilarious!)
Gag reels, Funny or Die shorts and much more are also offered as well as a Digital code for VUDU.
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES is one of those films that surprised this reviewer. While the original theatrical trailer gave the impression the film would be awful, it was refreshing to actually laugh out loud in more than a few scenes. Recommended!