Director: Jake Szymanski (2016) BBFC cert: 15
Head to Hawaii for raunchy raucous fun in this sweet natured and bad taste comedy.
Adam DeVine and Zac Efron are unerringly convincing as idiotic party loving brothers, Mike and Dave Stangler with a reputation for causing chaos at family shindigs.
To ensure their sister’s nuptials in Hawaii are a drama-free affair, their Dad demands they find a pair of ‘nice’ women as dates.
Mike and Dave think they’ve struck gold with hedge fund manager Alice and teacher Tatiana, an intelligent, charming and pretty pair. But they’re really unemployed waitresses out for a free holiday and up for a good time.
Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza are a sleazy, sweet and sexy blast and the film powers wantonly along whenever they’re on screen, stealing the film from the supposed leads.
As their facade dissolves in booze, drugs and sex, the boys must mature to ensure the wedding goes ahead.
The tone and jokes are typical of most of Efron’s recent output and yes, among the sex jokes he appears topless and sings and dances. However this is on a par with the enjoyable Bad Neighbours 2 (2016) rather than the woeful Dirty Grandpa (2016).
The former film traded on the idea feminism has allowed girls to act as badly as boys if they so choose. This follows a similar path with the girls on top as they out-party the boys at every turn.
Director: Nicholas Stoller (2016)
I strongly suspect this sequel to the successful 2014 frat boy comedy was only made so Zac Efron could be paid once again to oil his pecs and dance semi naked in front of a crowd of college girls.
Mind you, I’ve made worse career decisions myself.
However this proudly politically correct comedy is alarmingly enjoyable in its own undemanding bad taste way.
Efron returns as Teddy Sanders, now with a criminal record after event in the previous movie.
Wanting revenge on his former next door neighbours, Efron teams up with Chloe Grace Moretz who has rented his previous home to establish her own sorority.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are again the family under siege while Selena Gomez, Lisa Kudrow and Kelsey Grammer cameo.
Director: Max Joseph (2015)
Angst and ambition are mashed up in this uplifting ode to the transcendental powers of dance music.
Zac Efron gives it large, well largeish, as Cole, a real estate developer who dreams of being an international DJ.
When not clubbing Cole spends his time staring into the empty swimming pool of life.
Wes Bentley plays his mentor, a famous forty something club DJ full of alcohol and self-loathing.
He has a beautiful assistant Sophie, brought to doe-eyed life by Emily Ratajkowski.
The model rocketed to fame by appearing naked in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video.
Her dancing here is no worse and she mostly keeps her clothes on.
When Cole begins to fall for Sophie, it threatens his chance at a career-making summer gig.
It’s an unthreatening portrayal of contemporary twentysomething life.
Fans of Simon Pegg’s TV show Spaced may snigger at the manner Cole discovers his dance muse.
There’s a loose Los Angeles vibe and some trippy SFX showing the effects of drugs and music on the body.
The music is played on laptops and the script seems written by a robot.