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Soundtrack review: Mike and Dave need wedding dates (Jeff Cardoni – 2016)

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“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” is a 2016 American romantic adventure comedy film directed by Jake Szymanski and written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The film stars Zac Efron and Adam DeVine as the title characters, who put out an ad for dates to their sister’s wedding. Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo. The score was written by Jeff Cardoni.
If you have been reading my reviews you know that unless it’s written by Theodore Shapiro, a silly comedy score is not easy for me to digest and write about. I don’t do well with musical monkeying around and although I can understand its merits and the context of movies like these, enjoying the score is a different story.
“Mike and Dave need wedding dates” is no different. The fun and simple guitar motifs, the electronic inserts and the smooth jazzy percussion that marks the playful moments are all here to give a light feel to everything. Sure I smile at various times during this score and sure I like the fast pace because I can associate it with heist movies but that’s about all I can take from the composition. Every cue sounds like a motif that should be part of something bigger but it stops abruptly. The music feels improvised and this is surely great in context but as a standalone listen the electric guitar moments are nice but similar. Some of the cues feel like jingles.
To the composer’s merit he surprises me very pleasantly with “ATV adventure” which comes from a whole other musical place. This one brings children’s adventure nostalgia, this one I really like.
If you do enjoy sunny comedic scores you will have a better time than me with this one. I can’t say more than nice when I refer to it and I think it needs the on screen silliness to complete it. Also if you are in the mood for fun heist / spy type vibes that don’t go very deep you will find something here to enjoy.

Cue rating: 67 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 1 / 26
Album excellence: 4%
Highlights:
ATV Adventures

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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