Tag

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Year: 2018
Directed by: Jeff Tomsic
Starring: Jeremy Renner, John Hamm, Jake Johnson, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher

WRITTEN BY ELENA MORGAN

The true story of a group of friends who, for one month every year, continue playing the same game of tag they started when they were kids. But this year, Jerry (Jeremy Renner) who has never been tagged, plans to retire from the game once he’s married and this is the last chance for his friends to get him.

‘Tag’ is a lot of fun and is laugh out loud funny. The action sequences of various characters trying to tag Jerry, and other participants in the game, are all well-shot and innovative. When Jerry is the one being ambushed, everything slows down as he takes in what’s happening, then there’s a voiceover from him as he commentates on what his friends are doing and how he’s going to beat them. Everything works so well together in those sequences.

The cast are all brilliant. They all have great chemistry and you really buy into them being childhood friends, even though they are all at different stages of their lives. Hoagie (Ed Helms) is married to super competitive Anna (Isla Fisher) who must make do with helping the guys out as the rules the friends made up when they were kids state that girls are not allowed to play. Bob (Jon Hamm) is a high-flying businessman, Chilli (Jake Johnson) is divorced and almost constantly high and Sable (Hannibal Buress) is in therapy. It’s clear that this game of tag has kept them in touch over all these years as no one wants to be the person tagged by June 1st.

Some of the supporting female cast do get short-changed. Rashida Jones has little to do when she shows up mid-way through, and Annabelle Wallis’s journalist is mainly there as a stand-in for the audience, asking the right questions at the right time to help move some of the more character-driven stuff along. Ed Helms does play a very Ed Helms-esque character but it’s always great to see Jon Hamm show off his comedy skills and it’s a pleasant surprise to see how funny Jeremy Renner can be. As an actor that’s typically seen in more serious roles, it was fun to see his droll sense of humour, and that almost cackle-like laugh, on screen.

‘Tag’ is a comedic action film and it does a fine job of balancing those two aspects. There are a few jokes that edge very close to being in bad taste, it’s almost like watching a car crash happen in slow motion as other characters know that what a character is saying is not good but there’s little they can do to stop it. At least the film seems to be aware of the barriers it’s pushing, and the rest of the jokes are funny and unoffensive.

The story does lag a bit in the middle but the chemistry and jokes between these characters see you through till the next big game of tag. The thing that’s surprising about ‘Tag’ is how heartfelt it is. In the end, this film pulls you into these guys friendship and that makes this entertaining film unexpectedly sweet.

ELENA’S RATING:

4

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A 30-Year Game Continues In New Trailer For Comedy Film ‘Tag’!

Written by Megan Williams

Do you remember the games you’d play when you were a child? In the playground, there would be games of hide and seek, tic-tac-toe or tag. But, as you got older, these games were put to rest. Well, for the cast of the new comedy film ‘Tag’, that is not the case as this particular game has been going on for 30 years.

‘Tag’ stars Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Isla Fisher, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm as a group of friends who have been playing the same game of Tag since they were children. However, their friend Jerry (Renner) has never been tagged, so the friends decide to work together to end his triumph.

Unlike some films that advertise that they’re based on a true story, this one actually is: The actual story revolved around Patrick Schultheis and his nine friends who continued to play a game of Tag until they all left for college. However, eight years later at a reunion, they decided to revive the game and made up a contract called ‘Tag Participation Agreement’. The game was to be played throughout February and the last person to be ‘tagged’ on the 28th would have to carry this title for the rest of the year. On top of this, nothing was off limits: Schultheis even stated that he was ‘tagged’ at his father’s funeral; a scenario that is replicated in the trailer.

The ‘Tag’ trailer delivers slapstick humour aplenty, and it’s one of the funniest trailers I have seen in a long time, something that’s been missing recently from the comedy genre. The film also has a great cast and looks like a fun experience.

‘Tag’ is in US cinemas on 15th June and UK cinemas on the 6th July.