One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running for a no-holds-barred game of tag — risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take one another down. This time, the game coincides with the wedding of the only undefeated player. What should be an easy target soon becomes an all-out war as he knows they’re coming to get him. – Warner Brothers Pictures
Tag is a movie about adult men playing an extreme version of tag during the month of May, every year for the last 30 years. It’s an utterly ridiculous plot but what’s more ridiculous is that it is based a true story that was published in The Wall Street Journal. I tried to read the article but The Wall Street Journal wanted me to pay $9.99 a month to gain access to it and I was just not about that. So, I can’t tell you how much of it is true but based on the real-life clips at the end of the movie, it looks like a lot of it is.
Tag is the directorial debut of Jeff Tomsic and is written by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm, who are all basically playing characters they’ve played in other stuff but it doesn’t matter because their chemistry is unparalleled, it really seemed like they have been friends for 30 years. Renner was basically playing Hawkeye. Buress brought his usually dry wit. Ed Helms played a more stable Andy Bernard. Johnson was just playing a stoner version of Nick from New Girl. And finally, Jon Hamm was playing Jon Hamm, a super charming, witty guy.
The plot is basic once you boil it down but there is a lot of originality and sprinkles of emotional undertones enough to make Tag more than just a generic summer comedy. You don’t need to watch this movie if you are looking for a thought provoking story. Tag is not that but it is completely ridiculous and hilarious, the five main actors elevate this movie to higher caliber of film with their genuine and organic on-screen chemistry. Besides laughs surprisingly there is a large amount of elegantly choreographed and action pack stunt work, most of it involves Renner beating down and evading his friends but Jake Johnson does get an impressive foot chase. To amplify the action a lot of it is shot with what looks like go pros which makes the foot chases seem a lot more authentic on top of that a lot of it is done is slow motion which may seem cheesy but with the addition of RDJ Sherlock Holmes-esque inner monologue it just makes it even more humorous.
Yeah, this movie is totally and utterly ridiculous, the fact that it got made is amazing to me, not that I’m complaining. As outrageous as the whole thing seems it does get one thing 100% truthful and accurate. Tag has one most genuine depiction of male friendship I’ve ever seen on screen, the groups interactions reminded me a lot of how my friends and I are.
From a critical stand point Tag is not really a good movie. But who cares, if it made you laugh and have a good time, it’s a good movie. There’s a few plot holes and inconsistencies but it’s a movie about the game tag, are you really surprised?
Tag is a hilarious over the top movie about friendship and growing up, with almost as many quotable lines as Step Brothers. You’re going to want to see this especially with some friends. Now that I’ve seen it I’m left wondering, how many people are going to try and start games of tag with their friends?
I give Tag an 8.9 out of 10, would watch again.
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