One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
What We Thought:
Tag has a lot of laughs and feels like a throwback comedy. It’s one of the better comedies we’ve seen in years and has a good cast.
On paper the idea of making a movie out of a game of tag sounds absurd, but it’s based on a true story about a group of friends who every year in May get together and play the game. Their story even made the Wall Street Journal. Adding in that human element is why the movie works. Each friend and side character has their own story and serves a purpose for the most part. I’ll get into the one character that really doesn’t do much later in the review.
Even though I thought it was funny and had a lot of relatable characters, I do think the kids younger than Generation X won’t like it/get it. The people I talked to who liked it were 35+ just like the characters. Each character had their own life separate from their childhood friends and each were in different stages as well. Ed Helms’ character was married and settled. Jake Johnson was divorced and smoked a lot of weed. Jon Hamm was a successful business man. Hannibal Buress was seeing a shrink for some issues and Jeremy Renner was getting married. He’s also never been “it” and they planned on tagging him during the wedding. Being of a certain age helps you relate to the characters, their friendship, the music they listen to and their relationships. A younger crowd just doesn’t have that life experience yet.
I think that’s what I liked most about the film, not only does it feel like a throwback comedy but it makes you feel similar emotions about your own life. Are you settled and happy? Are you divorced and miserable? Do you long for the better times of the 1980’s and 1990’s? Can you listen to Ozzy Osbourne one minute then Ice-T’s Colors the next? If you have answers for these questions, you can relate to this movie.
The only character that ultimately doesn’t work is that of Annabelle Wallis. She’s a reporter interviewing Jon Hamm’s character who is introduced to the tag game and thinks it’s the bigger story. She follows Hamm and Helms to pick up Buress and Johnson and goes to Renner’s wedding. You remember at times that she’s a journalist writing down this story, but she becomes so involved in the game that at times you do forget she’s a journalist writing this story. I’m curious to know if initial drafts of the script had her playing a bigger role or if she was a love interest at one point.
If you watch the trailer for Tag (below) and think it looks dumb, the film isn’t for you. If you watch it and laugh, you’ll laugh at the movie. It’s a dumb comedy, but it’s ok to be a dumb comedy. We’ve become so PC that we’ve forgotten how to laugh at dumb things in life. I liked it a lot and can see myself watching it again. It has a good cast, relatable characters and a great soundtrack. Man I miss childhood.
Cast & Crew:
- Ed Helms
- Jake Johnson
- Annabelle Wallis
- Hannibal Buress
- Isla Fisher
- Rashida Jones
- Leslie Bibb
- Jon Hamm
- Jeremy Renner
Recommended If You Like:
- Game Night
- Old School Comedies