I’ll be honest, when I first heard the concept for Tag I rolled my eyes a bit. I mean how could a movie about friends playing tag as old men actually be entertaining? Well, you know what, it is, and the fact that it’s based on a true story helps to add some level of real emotion to the rather odd sounding plot. When you couple that with the humor and over-the-top action set pieces, Tag ends up becoming a very entertaining film that will resonate with people who value life-long friendships, and the shenanigans that ensue when a group of buddies reunite after not seeing each other for extended periods of time.
Tag’s story is quite simple. It follows a group of five friends who have been playing the same game of tag for 30 years. It is indeed based on a true story, which is incorporated into the film by showing how it ended up being a front page piece in the Wall Street Journal. What makes the rather silly concept work though are a combination of factors. The story itself is made much more entertaining thanks to the cast. Ed Helms is definitely the glue that keeps the narrative together, but John Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, and Isla Fisher all have their moments. These either come through the very vulgar but witty dialogue, or through the insane action scenes that Action Factory Stunt Coordinators Eric Linden and Jayson Dumenigo cooked up for the flick.
Speaking of the action, it’s very well done and definitely adds to the embellishment of this true story for Hollywood purposes. I’m talking masterful level action moments that you’d expect to see in a $200 million action movie, and not one about playing tag, so the stunt team went hard as a mother fucker as they say. It really helps add to the over-the-top take on this heartwarming tale about friendship, as well as making it funnier than the concept may imply on the surface. Like I said this movie shouldn’t be that entertaining, but it is, and the action definitely helps make it so.
Like I mentioned earlier that action is just one part of this film’s winning formula. The comedy factor is also high, and I definitely laughed out loud more than once. There are just some great one liners, with Isla Fisher stealing more than a few scenes with her portrayal of Ed Helms’ character’s wife. Hannibal Buress also brings his brand of comedic delivery to the character Sable, so he too has a few lines that warrant big laughs thanks to his casual but poignant delivery of his character’s thoughts.
Tag may not sound like a movie that warrants a screening, but I can assure you it is thanks to its cast, the R-rated comedy, and of course its over-the-top action. I say over-the-top because the action is so insane for a movie about old guy’s playing tag, that it truly becomes one of the film’s funniest and most entertaining aspects. If you have maintained a relationship with a group of friends for a few decades and value the time you have spent with them, or look forward to each and every time you all get to meet up again, then Tag will resonate with you big time. It’s a great reminder of the importance of friends and relationships in general, so being someone that still keeps in touch with friends I met over 20 years ago, Tag’s message ultimately moved me after it was done entertaining me with its comedy and top-notch action set pieces. So yes, I recommend checking it out sooner than later.
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