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The Story Behind the Movie 'Tag'

'Tag' is based off of a true story, but what is that true story?

The new movie Tag, coming out June 15th, is based off of a group of high schoolers who have been tagging each other for practically their whole lives. 

The movie stars Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Ed Helm, and Hannibal Buress. They are all hilarious actors. Watching them try to tag Renner's character who hasn't been tagged yet will be hilarious to see. I wonder if an actual tagger hasn't been tagged. We might just find out. 

But what is this movie really about? Who are the actual people behind the funniest group of actors?

Between classes, high school boys would tag each other, and the one being "it" would remain so in class. This went on for a long time, then they all went off to college, got married, had kids, etc. But later they came back to begin the game again! 


Ten friends started this game at a prep school in Washington and called themselves the "Tag Brothers." 

When they all got back together to begin the game again, there needed to be rules. One of the group members became a lawyer and they got together to create a set of rules. It's called— "The Tag Participation Agreement"

Some of those are

1. The game is only played in the month of February.

2. The last person tagged is "it" for the rest of the year.

3. The person who is it must say that they are "it" if asked. 

4. No "tag-backs" to the person who just tagged you.

Those are pretty obvious rules, but if you have been playing this game for a while, it's nice to have a backbone for the game. 

Actual Players

Tagging can happen whenever in the month of February! In the trailer, there is a scene where one of the characters tags another at their father's funeral. That also happened in real life. I don't know how appropriate that is, but the friends are probably all so full of humor they encouraged it! 

They are allowed to take time off! Ha! Which is kind of a funny thought. But one player has twins and a toddler and needed a break. So in that case that makes sense. And I'm sure if one were injured or something else happened to one of them, they would be understanding with one another. 


The other 11-months of the year are spent planning. They plan creative ways to execute good tags. One time, one tagger flew 800 miles to surprise another when he got a new car! 

Honestly this game sounds freakin' hilarious! If only I had awesome friends that would do this game with me! 

The 'Tag Brother's' did say that since they aren't kids anymore, they can't do a lot of the things they have done in the past. Breaking and entering used to be a thing, but now it's probably not such a good idea. 

Actual Players

Creativity is encouraged in this game! In the picture above, one of the characters dressed up as a homeless guy to tag one of mates. 

They have formed alliances, have had their wives and girlfriends participate as lookouts, and even workplace buddies help out. 

Every one of them are all different kinds of people with different careers, having children, and different life choices, but they all come together one month out of the year to have a fun time!

To me, this sounds really awesome! If you haven't spoken to your friends in a while, maybe you should catch up with them. Ten friends had come together after eight years of being separated to reunite by a silly game. Maybe it's time to reconnect with old friends or start traditions with new friends. It's never too late. Unless maybe if you are on your death bed. Being "it" would suck though, if you died. 

Check out the review I will be doing this next weekend if you are still skeptical about seeing the movie! 

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