June 15, 2018 at 10:15 am #1202566218
This topic is for discussion about the movie Tag, a film released today about five friends who have been playing the world’s longest and most extreme game of tag ever, and appears to be gaining a cult following.
Feel free to discuss below!
NOTE: I know I previously created a topic related to this movie, but I started a new topic for two reasons.
1) This topic is for people who have actually seen the movie to give their opinions on it. It wouldn’t make sense to have that discussion on the first topic, because the first topic was on the trailer, not the film itself.
2) The title of the first topic doesn’t have the title of the movie in it, just the premise of the film. Since I can’t change the title of a topic once I post it, I would have to create a new topic in order to make it easier for other users to know what I’m talking about.
So for the record. Please reply and give any thoughts. But do it only if you have actually seen the movie.
Also, please don’t comment on the first topic if you decide to find it. It’s outdated. Let it die.June 15, 2018 at 11:20 am #1202566272
My take on the film.
- The film does a better-than-expected job at taking a ridiculous premise and turning it into a feature-length film. Although some critics have attacked the film for being R-rated when it’s literally about a game played by children, I actually consider that a strength, not a weakness. Going the R-rated route actually creates a lot more room for plot development, because anything can happen at that point. And believe me when I say that you will be shocked at the extremes that these characters go to at this point.
- Many of the gags are so out there that one should wonder if director Jeff Tomsic consulted with Seth MacFarlane on how to have gags that would normally appear in an episode of Family Guy work in a live-action film as opposed to in a cartoon. By the way, if you’re not a fan of that type of humor, do not watch this movie.
- Isla Fisher. This is her best performance in a comedy since Wedding Crashers. Actually, I lied. This is her best performance in a comedy, period. If the Golden Globes had its Supporting Actor/Actress categories divided into Comedy and Drama categories (like they do with the Lead Actor/Actress categories), Fisher would be a lock for a nomination right now. Her character is so psychotic and zealous when it comes to playing “tag” that you can probably make an entire “losing his/her shit” video like this one or this one or this one, just from this film alone.
- The film actually has a plot. It’s not the best-written plot, but it’s a plot that has the characters do more than just play tag for 100 minutes. When they’re not playing tag, they’re doing other stupid thing such as smoking pot, spying on each other while having sex, breaking into each other’s houses, etc. Oh, and there’s some drama at some points as well.
- Man, do I wish this was a cartoon instead of live-action. The more I think about just how similar this kind of comedy is to that of Family Guy, the more I wonder, “what could’ve been?” But on the bright side, at least that means I now know a live-action Family Guy movie can work.
- The comedy can be a bit mean-spirited at times.
- Again, we have a plot, but it’s not the best-written plot. There are some problems. Such as: Um… any particular reason it’s mentioned that Ed Helms and Isla Fisher have a “first child” but that “first child” is never shown? Also, Jake Johnson’s character is soooo stereotypical when it comes to being a pothead. I don’t mind being stereotypical as long as it’s not outright offensive, and as long as the stereotype actually contributes to the plot (which does not happen in this case). Furthermore, what the hell is Rashida Jones doing in this movie? She makes virtually no contribution to the plot whatsoever, other than stir up drama between Jon Hamm and Jake Johnson that for the most part goes nowhere.
- The first 90 minutes were great. The last 10 minutes were abysmal. Whoever thinks it would be a good idea have this movie end (not spoiling it here) with a resolution as forced and sentimental as what I saw in the theater should not be allowed to work in Hollywood. As a person who has written screenplays for (un-produced) feature-length comedies, whoever wrote that ending should know that you should never, ever insert last-minute hardcore drama that late into a comedy film. This kind of stuff should be introduced no later than the early part of the third act. Anything later than that could cause serious damage to, if not outright ruin the film. Did this ending ruin the film for me? No, but only because the film ends on a high note, and the drama seems to be ignored by the main characters quickly enough for me to wonder if the drama itself was meant to be a joke. But if it is a joke, it stands out as the only joke in the film that falls flat. And it falls flat hard. Ah, well. At least the random musical number by Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, and Jake Johnson during the credits cheered me up. Oops!
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