I knew the outcome of this before I even saw it. The structure of the story has been used so many times before that it’s a damn cliché at this point. Man and his man friends have a set way of doing things. Man meets girl and she changes everything. Man and his friends ruin things for the man and the girl. Man loses girl and regrets his actions, because it’s always man’s fault. Man makes up with girl and his friends find love, all ends happily ever after. Riveting… This is a date movie, absolutely nothing more. See it with a date and forget it five minutes after it’s over. It has its moments of humor but not enough to consider this a good movie. I just can’t condone a movie that uses a paint-by-numbers formula and expects no one to notice. Well, I noticed.
The only real draw with this for me was Miles Teller; I find his comedic timing to be very entertaining. Despite his usual charming ways, this fell flat on its unoriginal face. Every other moment should make you roll your eyes due to its corny tendencies and believe me, there are plenty. This is a dime a dozen rom-com and it’s not worth the dime. Now, to slightly contradict what I said, I didn’t hate this completely but I just couldn’t care about anything that was happening. The funniest moments were in the red band trailer and thusly ruined. Everyone carries their weight well enough, but considering as I said that it’s all been done before, carrying it shouldn’t be that difficult in the first place.
Three best friends, Jason (Zac Efron), Mikey (Michael B. Jordan), and Daniel (Miles Teller) are together until the end. When one of them is suddenly faced with divorce, they band together and vow to stay single and “build their roster” i.e. sex with lots of women. According to all chick flicks, this one included, all men are whores; just an F.Y.I. Anyway, Jason meets a girl that is different from the rest and a real rapport begins to blossom. In the process of trying to keep his relationship with her quiet he finds out that the other two broke the vow they made and their friendship seemingly ends as well as their respective, secret relationships with the women they weren’t supposed to be seeing. I think you can guess the rest and even the in between. This is as predictable as the sun rise.
This is an okay choice if there is absolutely nothing else to see and you really want to see a movie. The characters are typical rom-com material with zero depth to them and their fates couldn’t matter less. Will they get back with their beaus? Will their friendship mend?
It doesn’t really matter. Simply put this is another January, February movie that will get lost in the pile shortly after its release. I say skip it unless nothing else interests you. I didn’t expect much and it still fell short, oh well, it was never going to be something important anyway.
Rated R For: sexual content and language throughout
Run Time: 94 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots
Directed By: Tom Gormican
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 2/ Acting: 3/ Directing: 2.5/ Visuals: 2
OVERALL: 2.5 Nerdskulls
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