Five childhood friends Hogan (Ed Helms), Bob (John Hamm), Randi (Jake Johnson), Kevin (Hannibal Buress) and Jerry (Jeremy Renner) have been playing the game of Tag since they were nine years old. Every year, the month of May becomes the month of tag for them and that has managed to keep them close for the last 30 years. But there’s one catch, Jerry is the only guy who has never been tagged and every year the other four hatch out plans to tag him, only this time it’s Jerry’s wedding.
Will the four be able to tag Jerry this time? Will this ruin Jerry’s wedding and as a result their friendship?
Positive Points: –
- Tag is an energy-packed film and all its childish antics only make it more invigorating and funnier.
- The performances of the entire cast particularly Ed Helms, Leslie Bib and Isla Fisher.
- Jeff Tomsic’s direction especially in the sequences where the four try to tag Jerry.
Negative Points: –
- The film lacks an emotional depth and given the fact that it’s based on friendship, the lack of sentimental touch is upsetting.
- At times, it does promise you some maturity but never capitalises on the potential of the same.
Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –
Tag is filled with a lot of energy which is pumped in by its regular slapstick gimmicks. To one’s joy, it maintains its average energy level throughout its length making it enjoyable to watch. The credits for the same goes largely to its direction and to some extent its crafty lines. The most interesting moments of the film are when the four men attempt to tag Jerry because of the latter’s escape-analysis, follow up actions and the overall contemplation of the situation by the whole bunch of characters, making things a lot funnier by bringing out the children inside the characters effectively onto the screen. However, the film falters in its most important entity – Friendship. Though the actors share great chemistries with each other, the bonding their characters have amongst each other make no strong impact on the viewer and seems rather hollow and underdeveloped. It isn’t so that the story didn’t have any room to explore their friendship but they never come up maturely on the screen, particularly the climax which could have been a lot more moving but ends up mediocrely fine.
The usage of slow-mo in the movie has been pretty apt and the aesthetics of the same can be credited to Larry Blanford’s camera work as well as Josh Crockett’s editing. Even the score by Germaine Franco fits perfectly with the mood of the film.
Ed Helms and Isla Fisher literally rule the screen and with the help of their characters’ idiosyncratic demeanour, they keep up the humour as well as the vigour of the flick for most of the time-length.
Leslie Bibb is terrific as Jeremy Renner’s emotionally unstable girlfriend. She is irritatingly funny which evinces the justice she has done to her character as well as the story.
Jeremy Renner doesn’t have much acting to do as most of his antics are stunt-works. Given an actor of his calibre, it’s disheartening to see him being handed over such a thinly written character.
John Hamm and Jake Johnson not only do justice to their respective characters but also make the film endearing at times with their perfect chemistry.
Hannibal Buress is out and out hilarious and I love the way his character has been written which is pretty smart.
Annabelle Wallis and Rashida Jones provide able support in their brief stints.
Final Verdict: –
Tag is a light-hearted film filled with immense energy and vitality to cheer you up. Its shortcomings are not inconspicuous but they won’t subdue the guaranteed fun offered by its overall excellence. It’s a good weekend watch for an audience of any age group.