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'Tag': Movie Review

This movie was amazing. The comedy was amazing and sustained throughout the whole film and the few action scenes were well done. My favorite type of comedy is when you can get a group of friends together and all they can do is make fun of each other and at the end of the day still love each other. The chemistry amongst the cast is felt throughout the movie and you can feel the deep love that each other has for the other. 

Tag follows four friends (Jake Johnson, Jon Ham, Ed Helms, and Hannibal Buress) as they try to tag their friend Jerry (Jeremy Renner) sometime during his wedding. Jerry has never been tagged in the 30 years that they have been playing and he is next to impossible to get. 

They aren't alone though. They are joined by Ana (Isla Fisher), Helms's character's wife, who is just as competitive as the guys are and tries to help them in any way she can even though she is not allowed to play due to an amendment that the guys wrote that says no girls allowed. 

They are also followed around by Rebecca (Annabelle Wallis), a Wall Street Journal Reporter who was doing a profile on Jon Ham's character and is dragged along with the gang to document this legendary game of tag. 

Callahan (Jon Hamm) tries to tag Jerry (Jeremy Renner) during a sneak attack raid on him that does not go well for the gang. 

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This movie is unbelievably funny. The true test for a comedy is if there are funny parts beyond what the trailer shows us. If you thought the gags in the trailer are funny then wait until you see this movie. The laughs don't stop with this film. I was lucky enough to see this at a prescreening Tuesday night and the whole theater was laughing throughout the film. 

The attention to detail is something I found really great as well. When we are in Helms's basement there is a stack of board games on the shelf, that would be era-specific designs from when they were kids and appeared weathered as if they had been sitting there since they all went their separate ways. 

Another thing I appreciated, and this might be the film studies person in me, but there are two scenes where a boom box is used to play with diegetic and non-diegetic sound. I wish that would have been a theme throughout because the boom box was used during scenes when they attacked Jerry but they did not use it in one.

From Left to Right: Annabelle Wallis, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Ed Helms, Isla Fisher, and Hannibal Buress

A popular genre in Hollywood right now along with superhero films is the true story or docudrama genre. In a docudrama, the writers and directors can take some liberties with the source material and make changes. This preposterous story is not the completely true story of these friends. 

For starters, the reporter that originally wrote the story is a man. The movie at the end does show footage of the original friends playing the game of tag but they do take liberty with the story and made a movie around the original source material. 

There is a problem that I think fans forget about during these films: that these aren't documentaries. The filmmakers can dance around. If you view the original footage they pull of the friends playing tag, it is not as elaborate as the film portrays them to be. 

I think the movie is laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish. I think this film will not be super successful its opening weekend with Incredibles 2 opening as well and that will easily draw in crowds of all ages to go and see it. Though Tag should do better than Superfly. Though it is easy to see that this movie is Warner Brothers' adult alternative to Incredibles. It's a great movie to go see with a group of lifelong friends. You will be laughing the whole time. 

John Walker
John Walker

I'm a starting Film and TV critic. Check out my Letterboxd and TV Time accounts to see what I'm watching. Write on what ever I'm currently watching. Trying to do a review once a week.

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