RforFilm commented :
Reviews Tag I Making friends as an adult can be hard enough, but what about keeping those friends? It’s not to say we drift all the time (even though this does happen), but when our own lives become filled with normal responsibilities like work, family, and significant others, how do we maintain that connection. Many would argue that social media has been able to fill that void. While it does give us a way to connect, it still doesn’t replace the day-to-day meet and greet. I personally try to organize a way to meet up at least once a month whether it’s a movie, a game night, or whatever.
What I love about today’s movie is that it understands that a lot of friends would do stupid stuff just for the sake of doing it…as long as it doesn’t go too far. Probably one of my favorite memories from middle school in which my buds and I spent three years creating our own theme park on the computer game Roller Coaster Tycoon. There was no reason for it, but we had fun passing it around to see if we could make the greatest…or at least craziest theme park. You could do that…or you could play tag like a group of friends does in Tag.
Right off the mat were introduced to several men. We have a doctor Hogan (played by Ed Helms), a business tycoon Bob (played by Jon Hamm), a stoner Randy (played by Jake Johnson), and a anxious hypochondriac Kevin (played by Hannibal Buress). Even since they were kids, they would spend the month of May playing the simple game of tag. On their thirtieth year of playing, a Wall Street Journal journalist Rebecca (played by Annabelle Wallis) is following them to write about it .
The guys vow to make it the year they finally tag their one friend who has never been touched, Jerry (played by Jeremy Renner). Jerry happens to be getting married that month and see this as the chance to get him when he’s vulnerable. They guys make a pack that wedding parties and the ceremony are off limits, but otherwise state that anything else goes. Much of the time is spent seeing who can tag who, trying harder to get Jerry and just having fun.
Honestly, I can say that Tag is the kind of shenanigans comedy that I really like. Where Action Park didn’t establish enough genuine fun, this is the kind of dangerous stuff that I probably would have done if my friends were to do this. This works for a lot of reasons, but let’s start off with the most important, the chemistry. All five of these stars, including Jeremy Renner, all feel like friends that have known each other for a while. They make a lot of banter and taunting, the kind that a lot of guys would have. But there does seem to be a lot of underlying heart. The fact that they get so intense with their team of tag, that abandoning it would be like a death in the family Reviews Tag I .
Something like Tag could have bombed had they not just shot five guys touching each other for an hour and a half. Instead, Tag looks like it was partially shot as an action movie. Just replace the guns and fighting with…tag. With Jeremy Renner, you know your going to get the kind of stunt work that only makes the situation funnier and why he would be so hard to touch. Comedies need to exaggerate and this knows how to do so in the right places.
While Tag does work for a while, I do unfortunately have to talk about the film’s last act. Without spoiling anything, a character reveals themselves as dying, hence why he wanted to make this game of tag intense. While I appreciate trying to add more heart, it made the overall goal too easy, as standing up for a dying person is obvious. Wouldn’t have made it more profound if it was all another trick, adding to the unpredictability of the group? I don’t know if the real life subjects were faced with a similar dilemma, but if they did, I do feel for them.
I’ll give this eight tag hands out of ten. This made for a fun watch and a great reminder that the simplest and stupidest moments of friendship are the most cherished. So tag your friends and go see this,
charlie-krausse commented :
Tag, you’re it! And thus the game has begun and the plot has been defined! For 30 years a group of best friends every May continued this time honored childhood tradition of who was it! Of course, amendments to their by-laws occur, and yes, they do have written by-laws. Pages of them. All with the same common goal, tag Jerry.
Hogan (Helms), Callahan (Hamm), Chilli (Johnson), Sable (Buress) are the childhood friends who were never able to tag the elusive Jerry (Renner). Ever. Throughout the film they go through great lengths to both tag and avoid tag from each other. Either by dumb luck or happenstance, USA Today stumbled across this game (in real life) and thus the story was born. From there, ESPN had a 30 for 30 about the group of friends. From there, it has evolved to a major motion picture.
The lengths the guys go to, to be both not tagged and to tag seem far fetched, but 1) they guys and that’s not the dumbest thing guys have done when together and 2) like every other movie based on a real life story, it shows footage of the actual game throughout the years, proving their idiotic behavior and yes, awesomeness.
An argument can be made for who is the favorite male in the movie but Isla Fisher wins that award on the female side. Foul-mouthed and clearly the most competitive, even though not part of the original team, she assists throughout the movie in her own dynamic way.
This movie makes the audience remissness about their childhood friends and stupid traditions. And everyone has them! Full of laughs and very few dull moments or plot holes, Tag will leave you wanting to be it!