tag

DIRECTOR: jeff tomsic (feature debut)
STARRING: jeremy renner, jon hamm, ed helms, and jake johnson

 

REVIEWER: jessy kerigan - morley

★★★

One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running for a no-holds-barred game of tag - risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take one another down. This time, the game coincides with the wedding of the only undefeated player. 

Based on a true story, a small group of friends play an annual game of tag which they started 23 years ago over the month of May, in which there are no boundaries. Jerry (Jeremy Renner) hasn’t ever been tagged so on hearing that he is retiring after this season, they all band together to tag him at least once before it’s too late.

 

The film stars some pretty big comedy actors, such as Ed Helms (Hoagie) from The Hangover and The Office as well as Jake Johnson (Randy/Chili) a regular in the TV Show New Girl. Tag also stars top notch actors Jeremy Renner (Jerry) and Jon Ham (Callahan) who both perform incredibly well alongside the actresses Isla Fisher (Anna) and Annabelle Wallis (Rebecca).

 

The film follows a pretty simple plot: Hoagie gets everyone together to tag Jerry, interrupting them wherever they are; in an interview, at work, or even at home these guys have no boundaries. They find out Jerry is getting married without them and figure it’s the perfect distraction they need to get the drop on him. Jerry, however, is a tag master and it proves to be a harder task than anticipated. I don’t want to spoil too much but what sort of movie with Jeremy Renner doesn’t have some pretty epic action scenes?

 

In my opinion they took a bit of a shotgun approach to the comedy, they threw a lot of jokes and gags out there and just hoped some would land. In saying that enough did land to make it enjoyable, I’d say a little too crude at times but not excessively.

 

Although being a pretty light-hearted comedy Tag does make you reflect on the importance of keeping up with your friends into adulthood and that it’s good to have a little fun every now and then.

Tag throws a lot of jokes and gags out there hoping some would land. Although some don't quite hit the mark enough do to make it more than enjoyable. 

★★★

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