This is a R-rated 2016 American comedy that I doubt was screened in cinemas here. The plot is quite silly and none of the actors endearing.
Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are brothers who need dates for their sister’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) Hawaiian wedding. They place an online ad but only ‘unsuitable’ girls respond to it. Instead, two friends Tatiana ( Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) who were recently dismissed from their jobs as waitresses in a bar end up going to Hawaii with them. What happens at the wedding is simply embarrassing, if it’s not considered a disaster.
I find the attempt at humour offensive, tasteless and even crude. I don’t understand why an extensive use of foul language is supposed to be funny. In fact, it makes the characters here appear rather ignorant, useless and dumb. The brothers’ and the girls’ antics are too wild and weird to be believable. Instead of being clever, I find them extremely annoying.
The relatively respectable effort of the background crew – in cinematography, editing, music, vocal training, choreography, set decoration, title design and animal training – are largely wasted. Hawaii is such a beautiful place, and a better script would do it justice. Most of the music (for example Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender, traditional Polynesian songs like Queen Lilihokalani’s Aloha Oe and many more) could have been used to greater effect. Even the awesome fireworks display from China is wasted here.
It’s puzzling why Anna Kendrick, and even Zac Efron, agreed to do this movie. I’ve watched them in other movies before and their acting chops are definitely better than what is seen in this movie. I can’t comment on the other actors because I’ve never even heard of them before, so even though I find Beard’s voice gratingly irritating, I have no idea if it is supposed to portray the character she plays.