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Critic Reviews for Tag
Director Jeff Tomsic takes a broadly comic approach to the material that doesn't always serve it well, but the real-life story is captivating.
It's fun, it's light, [but] it has a hard time when its tries to get heavy.
Based on a true story about fortysomething manchildren still playing tag, this bro-bonding comedy is all over the place, but fueled by a terrific cast and a partytime atmosphere that might be just what you're looking for on a hot summer night.
The cast is talented and game. But the game itself is grotesque, largely because of the characters they're forced to play.
Another symptom of a long cinematic Hangover, complete with Ed Helms in the lead.
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A real life 30 year game of tag "you're it!" is the basis of this light summer comedy, that stars a pretty decent cast. You won't remember much of it afterwards, but you won't feel as if you've been gypped with half-assed, phoned-in performances miming a half-assed, phoned in script either. And it might well be rewatchable to boot. Okay stuff.
ag is based on the true story of a group of grown men who continue to play a highly competitive game of tag for 30 years. There are even real clips of the real men before the end credits, raising the hope for a potential documentary on the subject. The Hollywood version is a sprightly ensemble comedy that's not afraid to go silly or dark in its pursuit of laughs. Given the nature of its premise, there is a lot of slapstick to behold, but it was cleverly staged, routinely netting some big laughs from me. This is a definitely adults-only R-rated venture and the movie proudly wears this identity on its sleeve, finding strange and exciting comic detours that can walk a fine tonal line, like an ongoing bit about miscarriages that had me wincing as much as I was laughing. The main characters are all relatively familiar types; Ed Helms is the high-strung dweeb, Jake Johnson is a sarcastic stoner, Jon Hamm is a smarmy exec, Hannibal Buress is as laconic as his standup persona. There are a string of supporting characters (often female) that add very little, including a rekindled love triangle with Rashida Jones, a journalist who tags along on the game and adds nothing, and Isla Fisher as the grating, always-yelling, intense wife to Helms. Surprisingly, the funniest member of the movie is Jeremy Renner, an actor who heretofore had never shown much comic ability in movies. He's a formidable opponent, and every time he went into his Sherlock Holmes-styled voice over detailing the steps and mistakes of his friends, I loved it. Also, strangely, Renner's arms are actually CGI arms since he broke them days into filming. You would never be able to tell. I appreciated that Tag is directed as a comedy even during its action set pieces. It looks at action through the lens of comedy and taps into the absurdity. Overall, Tag is a fun, rambunctious comedy with some dark impulses yet it still finds room for sentiment that doesn't feel entirely out of place. 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the hearty, enjoyable R-rated comedy with Tag joining the ranks of Blockers and Game Night. Catch it while you can if the prospect of men behaving like overgrown children appeals. Nate's Grade: B
NOT IT - My Review of TAG (2 1/2 Stars) While perfectly amiable, energetically made and sometimes quite funny, TAG, the feature debut by TV veteran Jeff Tomsic and written by Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick, based on a Wall Street Journal article, only feels slightly more substantive than the game upon which it's based. You can almost hear the successful pitch made for it, "You're never gonna believe this, but there's this group of lifelong friends who drop everything one month a year to play a game of tag. You can't make this stuff up!" Sounds fun enough, but I couldn't help but asking myself throughout, "Yes, but is it a movie?" The answer? I guess, if you like your stakes really low and hyper-repetitive, then sure. Since childhood, five friends, played by Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, and Jeremy Renner, have dedicated the month of May to play this game, with Renner's character skilled and slippery enough to never have been declared "It'. As adults at a crossroads in their various lives, the men reunite, perhaps for one last time, before apathy, aching bones and other grownup concerns take over. One could make the argument that the film serves as a thinly-veiled allegory of the demise of the alpha male, except it has no veils. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT! One could easily call this a Bro Show, except the filmmakers are smart enough to feature the various women in the mens' lives, played by Leslie Bibb, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, and most winningly by Isla Fisher, who participate in the juvenile shenanigans. The point being - again low stakes here - that women can be just a bro-ey as men. The film also does a good job of mining the dynamics of male friendships, including the oddly believable fact that Renner's character being so good at the game that they never really got to know him as a person. But there's only so far one can take this on its simple premise. I enjoyed the performances, with Hamm getting to stretch his comedic muscles more than before, Johnson doing the most with his one-note stoner character, and Buress working wonders with his dry delivery. Nobody is terrible, but I would recommend BLOCKERS if you're in the mood for adults suffering from arrested development...or how about ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT? Yeah - that's a good show. After a while, the whole affair feels like a JACKASS movie, a bunch of fun action sequences strung together until the 11th hour reveal adds a little lump-in-your-throat moment to send you out of the theater thinking at least the film had a beating heart. All true. It's taut, perfectly serviceable, yet completely forgettable storytelling.
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