I’m typing this up on a Saturday night, and if what I plan to see tomorrow is as good as the critics say it is, this will have been one good three-day stretch for going to the movies, and Tag may be the weakest of the batch.
And, well, see after the cut how much I liked Tag.
I really liked Tag.
Based on a true story (home video footage of the real guys playing comes in at the end of the movie, and some of their stunts made their way into the finished product), a group of men have been playing the same game of tag for 30 years. The movie opens with Hoagie (Ed Helms), looking to get the band back together for the annual game, played every year in the month of May. Hoagie has some concerns, namely that the group’s best player Jerry (Jeremy Renner) is retiring from the game after this year, there are only a couple days left to the month, and he knows exactly where Jerry will be as he’s getting married at the end of the month. That means recruiting narcissistic businessman Callahan (Jon Hamm), depressed stoner Chilli (Jake Johnson), and deadpan metacommentator Sable (a very funny Hannibal Buress) for one last attempt to tag Jerry, a feat that has never been accomplished due to Jerry’s hypercompetitive nature and gifted athleticism. With Hoagie’s wife Anna (Isla Fisher) and reporter Rebecca (Annabelle Wallis) along for the ride, can the guys finally get past Jerry’s excessive talents and general paranoia to finally tag him?
The lengths Jerry goes to to avoid being tagged, combined with the way Renner plays the character, are probably the comedic highlight of a very funny movie.
This was a great slapstick comedy. The entire cast is great with a special mention for Fisher who may be giving her most unhinged psychotic comedic performance since Wedding Crashers. Heck, the movie even mostly earns an emotional conclusion. A good adult comedy, where for once even with the men acting like children, the women are fine with it instead of being the sticks-in-the-mud that try to push their partners to grow up. Nine out of ten cases where no one seems to much mind the property damage caused by grown adults playing a children’s game.