The brand new comedy “Tag” makes a film outta man-children.
One of the funniest movies of the summer to date, it tells the story of 5 scruffy Peter Pans, who’ve been enjoying the similar recreation of tag for 30 years.
Sounds ridiculous, proper? Nicely, the story is (nearly) all true.
The plot is lifted from a real-life story that first appeared in the Wall Road Journal in 2013 a few group of buddies who, for one month a 12 months, shock one another in surprising locations, typically in wild costumes, to get a leg up in a foolish recreation that has no winner.
The group makes use of the tag recreation as an excuse to by no means lose contact. However in director Jeff Tomsic’s movie, that objective is in danger.
Jerry (Jeremy Renner), the solely pal who has by no means been tagged, is about to get hitched and retire from tag — successfully ending the recreation. However the different 4 are decided to catch the artful traitor earlier than time runs out. Renner amps up the motion with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”-style strikes to evade his fellow taggers.
It makes fantasy baseball seem like jury obligation.
The childish foursome is rounded out by Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson. Their particular person comedy types mesh completely and their affection feels real. Additionally, making genius cameos are acclaimed veteran actor Brian Dennehy as a pothead dad who lounges on a La-Z-Boy in sweatpants, and Nora Dunn as a flirty wino mother.
One reservation: The film drives dwelling the level that the individuals and their members of the family will actually do something to beat one another. And one trick probably goes a step too far for many audiences.
Nonetheless, that one blip doesn’t tarnish the relaxation of the movie, which is intelligent, heat and full of significantly better motion sequences than a film about tag deserves.