Hot Take: Entertaining enough but it’s easy to imagine a scenario where you forget what you watched 15 minutes after walking out of the theater. It’s silly… but it’s about a group of grown men still playing tag. Shouldn’t it be?
Throwaway comedies are nothing new. I’d run down a list of them from the previous years but I’ve forgotten most of them. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. These comedies, while forgettable, can be considerably funny. They just don’t leave a lasting impression. Tag happens to be one of those throwaway comedies that works in the moment even if it’s mostly forgettable by the time the lights come up in the theater. Powered by a stranger-than-fiction true story about a group of middle aged men still playing the kid’s game of tag and a committed cast featuring strong performances from Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Renner and Isla Fisher, Tag takes plenty of swings and connects frequently at delivering laughs, even if the comedy is juvenile. It’s a movie about a kid’s game, after all. Tag works, for the most part. It’s a funny escape and shares its premise with a ridiculous true story that might not need the embellishment applied to make it compelling. Read More →