Kathy vs. T.K.s view on TAG – Rated R

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This film is just TOO MUCH FUN!”  – Kathy Kaiser, matineechat.com 

TAG – Rated R – 1 hr. 40 mins.
Director:  Jeff Tomsic

Writers:  Rob McKittrick Mark Steilen, Russell Adams 

Starring:  Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress and Jeremy Renner and Annabelle Wallis

Based on a true story…we meet a group of life-long friends who are about to embark on “The game” they make time to play every May of their lives… including Hoagie Malloy (Ed Helms), who has set his sights on starting this year’s game of TAG, as he rounds up his other  “best buds”, including Bob Callahan (Jon Hamm), Randy “Chili” Cilliano (Jake Johnson), and Kevin Sable (Hannibal Buress), to finally take out their elusive and agile bff Jerry Pierce (Jeremy Renner), who luckily has succumbed to being IT…

As our gamesters soon find however, no matter what the game plan, Jerry is still as elusive as ever, keeping them from ever being face-to-face with him, much less being close enough to TAG HIM!

When the guys find out that Jerry is about to married, they put into place a plan that is not only going to make Jerry IT, but that will reassure that none of them are caught in the crossfire of being tagged again for another year…

As their caper continues, our friends find that this TAG sequence may end up being much more difficult than they first thought, thus calling for a regroup to their plans, and to this year’s game of defensive skill…

I give TAG a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD:  As funny as this film is the whole way through, knowing going in that’s it’s a TRUE STORY makes it that much funnier.  These guys, who refuse to give up their childish ways on the big screen ~ just like in real-life ~ bring nothing but sheer joy to this two hours of mischievous madness.  And know going in too, that the perfectly selected actors for their respective roles, couldn’t have been better cast either!  You will laugh hysterically throughout every inch of this film, so you can take solace in the fact that while your laughing about all the craziness you are witnessing ~ it really did happen~ which is the only way to make this very dysfunctional yet super funny film, not seem too far-fetched, to be real. So, with all those positives, why not the PERFECT REVIEW?  Well, there are a few times throughout this film that the storyline seems to drag on a bit, and the miscasting of Renner’s wife in the film, played by Annabelle Wallis, takes away from the whole experience somewhat too.  But, all-in-all, if you were as intrigued to see this film as I was over the past few months while catching the trailer…then by all means head on out to a theater near you this weekend to enjoy this “dude flick”, because even though I am not one, I totally haven’t found myself laughing so much at a film, in quite some time…and please don’t move till the credits are over…I’m begging you…

Kathy Kaiser

This humble opinion is brought to you by T. K. Edwards

TAG  – Rated R  – 1 hr. 40 mins

Director by:  Jeff Tomsic

Cast:  Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb, Isla Fisher

A group of friends have continued to play a childhood game of tag for over 23 years.

THIS SEGMENT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, BUT I TRIED NOT TO

TAG is an absolute laugh out loud riot!!!  I had very high expectations for this film and I was not disappointed one bit.  Right from the start I was hooked. The game of tag was an absolute favorite of mine growing up and when I found out they were making a movie where adults are the ones actually playing it, I was sold.  Then I found out it was based on a really story about a group of guys who actually still play tag with each other just so they can stay close to one another. If this isn’t the best example of friendship and brotherhood, then I don’t know what is.  Speaking of brotherhood, the cast of TAG is what makes this movie great! Their chemistry on screen is amazing and you can tell they all had an absolute blast making this movie. But TAG is not only just filled with hilarious comedy, it also has some very cool & interesting camera angles that add not only to their game of tag, but the film itself.  There are also some old movie references put in just for fun, which adds to even more comedic chaos. TAG is by far the funniest movie I have seen this year and I highly suggest everyone go to the theater to see it. I want to say more but I don’t want to ruin this one for anyone. I guarantee, if you’re someone who loved playing tag when you were younger, this film will bring you back to those days and even make you want to play now (and I highly suggest that you do…go be silly, otherwise what’s the point, right?!…LMAO).  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S.

TAG has one long post credit scene and you’ll want to stick around to watch it, trust me (Mmmmm…LMAO).  Oh, and here’s a fun fact about TAG. One of the cast members (Hawkeye) broke both of his arms while filming this movie.  Not a joke! BOTH arms! The guy does tons of action films and breaks both his arms doing a stunt in a comedy about adults playing tag…LOL…awesome.  His arm is even computer generated to look normal in one of the scenes of the movie and here’s a clue as to which scene it is…DONUTS. Okay, I’m done now…tag…you’re IT!!! LOL.

Check out the NEW TRAILER for TAG – THE MOVIE – Hits theaters June 15, 2018

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TAG       

In theaters on June 15

(New Line Cinema) 

Director: Jeff Tomsic

Writers:                Screenplay by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen, screen story by Mark Steilen, based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It” by Russell Adams

Producers:  Todd Garner, Mark Steilen

Executive Producers:  Hans Ritter, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter

Cast: Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner

Comedy 

One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!”   This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready.  Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

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THE MUMMY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 50 mins

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THE MUMMY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 50 mins

Starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance 

Serving in the armed forces ~ yet searching for treasure it seems~ we meet the suave and debonair Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his sidekick in mayhem Chris Vail (Jake Johnson).

When by happenstance Morton and Vail uncover the mysterious tomb of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), archeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) has a distinct feeling she too has hit the jackpot with the exquisite find…

As they retrieve the sarcophagus ~ all hell breaks loose ~ as this mysterious Princess from the past has her own agenda it seems – Total annihilation of our world…and total control of one Nick Morton too!

With Nick under mind control, and Vail having his own mysterious issues it seems, archeologist Halsey reaches out to her counterpart for his assistance, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), to aid in corralling the Princess…

As Ahmanet’s power continues to be unleashed, and Dr. Jekyll’s own issues begin to surface, it seems that Morton and Vail better get their acts together, if they are going to save this world…and perhaps “the dark world” too…

I give THE MUMMY a rating of catch this film on DVD or NETFLIX: Yep, you just saw that rating ~ even from this Tom Cruise loving critic ~ as this MUMMY film was just nothing but “a big mess” for me. The many intertwining storylines of subjects and creatures throughout just didn’t appeal to me ~ as the way the lumped them all together, made no sense to me AT ALL! I wasn’t even enamored by this films 3D CGI, which is unusual, as the cinematography of a film usually always captures my attention. I was even hoping going in, since I loved Director Alex Kurtzman’s 2012 film PEOPLE LIKE US so much, that I could find an avenue within this film too that I would truly enjoy…but sadly, that wasn’t in the cards either. Even with all the positive attributes being discussed immediately following by my friends/fellow critics who seemed to really enjoy this film, I just wasn’t sold by their takes, or explanations of why I should feel differently than I do…leaving me to suggest that if you want a catch Cruise’s latest action-packed thriller this weekend on a big screen near you, then by all means, don’t let me stop you…but I would suggest you wait this one out ~ for many reasons in my book ~ and catch THE MUMMY on the smaller screen when it finally hits on DVD or NETFLIX!

Kathy Kaiser