Hitting blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers is Tag, the new comedy starring Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Jeremy Renner.
Based loosely on a true story, which is hilarious and entertaining in its own right, Helms, Renner and Hamm along side Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress play childhood friends that have been playing the same game of tag for the last thirty years.
For the month of May each year, they can be tagged and made it, despite the fact that life has caused them all to drift to different cities and states. It’s through the game that they keep their friendship alive.
And this year, they have a plan to tag Jerry (Renner) who has never once been tagged since they began playing.
Filled with lots of physical comedy, and coarse humour, the movie isn’t going to change lives, nor win any awards, but it doesn’t want to, it just wants to have fun, and show grown men enjoying the innocence of a game that too many of us have outgrown.
The downside to the film is that Helms is given some emotional lifting to do near the end of the film, and I don’t think he’s up for it, he can be very funny, but he can’t make me believe the emotional arc he wants his character to go on.
Everything else in the film (mostly) works. Like I said it isn’t trying to make a social commentary, it’s just there for fun, in the manner of the slapstick comedies of yesteryear. What I truly delighted in is seeing that some real life incidents from the men who are still playing this game made it into the film, obviously made grander and funnier for a big budget comedy, but their essence is there, as shown right before the final credits.
It’s a no-brainer that proves to be fairly enjoyable, and filled with classic 90s tunes, and it’s fun to see Renner and Hamm exercise their comedic muscles.
The extras include a gag reel, as well as brief look at the men who are the inspiration of the film, and the original newspaper article.
While some of the language and visual suggestions may not be suitable for all viewers, this one will probably appeal to the young teen crowd, and may actually get them playing their own game of tag… but I wouldn’t get my hopes up knowing teenagers as I do.
Tag is available today on blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers today!