Many of us have traditions with our friends, but it’s likely that we do not have any customs or games that may interfere with a friend’s wedding… But this is exactly the case in Tag, where we see a group of friends get together for the month of May to play the most daring game of tag yet.
It all began at the age of nine. Best friends Hoagie (Ed Helms), Bob (Jon Hamm), Jerry (Jeremy Renner), Chilli (Jake Johnson) and Kevin (Hannibal Buress) decided to create a game of tag unlike any other. 30 years later, the game is still going strong with one of the friends, Jerry, still the undisputed reigning champion. In the game’s 30 year tradition, he is the only one among them who has never been tagged.
The crew is envious of Jerry’s constant untaggable nature and as time goes by, they want nothing more than to knock the fitness professional down a few pegs. The group’s mindsets only go more stir crazy with the rumors of Jerry’s supposed retirement from the decades long game. So, the group comes up with a plan to try to tag Jerry during his wedding ceremony. But of course, the crafty player manages to come away unscathed and their game of tag spills into a tag war of epic proportions as Jerry knows that the crew wants to take away his unbeaten streak before he has the chance to retire as champion supreme.
The best part about Tag is definitely the cast. Every single actor is great and brings something special to the movie. The standouts for me would be Hannibal Burress, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher. Buress is chill and relax in his performance as Kevin. You’re never quite sure just what he’s going to say or when, but when he does you’ll most definitely be laughing. Ever since he appeared in one of his first comedic performances in Bridesmaids, Hamm has made a great home for himself in the comedy genre and it’s no different in Tag. Hamm plays the uber competitive Bob to perfection and he’s really fun to watch. Fisher, as always, is a comedic genius. As Anna Malloy, her comedic timing and line delivery is impeccable. It was exceptionally fun to see the banter she had with her husband, Hoagie, played by Helms and with the group of friends.
Loosely based on a story from the Wall Street Journal by Russell Adams called, It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It, Tag is very much ‘what you see is what you get’. If you watched the trailers and thought you’d enjoy the movie, then it is highly likely that you will. Directed by Jeff Tomsic, Tag is genuinely a good time, especially during the first half of the film. The second half has its moments, but the concept is stretched a little thin by the movie’s latter half, with a few cringe-worthy jokes that ultimately fall flat. However, as a whole, the movie is still a fun one and it might just have you and your friends trying to come up with your own epic game of tag. Just make sure you’re not ‘it’.
Be sure to check out Tag when it hits theaters this Friday!