Tag

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For audiences seeking a dose of high-concept yet undemanding action comedy, Tag might be close enough to it.

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For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they've been playing since the first grade--risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry "You're It!" This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they're coming... and he's ready. Based on a true story, "Tag" shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

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Cast

Ed Helms
as Hogan "Hoagie" Malloy
Jake Johnson (XVI)
as Randy "Chilli" Cilliano
Hannibal Buress
as Kevin Sable
Jon Hamm
as Bob Callahan
Jeremy Renner
as Jerry Pierce
Annabelle Wallis
as Rebecca Crosby
Rashida Jones
as Cheryl Deakins
Isla Fisher
as Anna Malloy
Leslie Bibb
as Susan Rollins
Nora Dunn
as Linda Malloy
Steve Berg
as Lou Seibert
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Critic Reviews for Tag

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (35)

It really works out, it's a lot of fun, and stay through the credits.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Director Jeff Tomsic takes a broadly comic approach to the material that doesn't always serve it well, but the real-life story is captivating.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It's fun, it's light, [but] it has a hard time when its tries to get heavy.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Based on a true story about fortysomething manchildren still playing tag, this bro-bonding comedy is all over the place, but fueled by a terrific cast and a partytime atmosphere that might be just what you're looking for on a hot summer night.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The cast is talented and game. But the game itself is grotesque, largely because of the characters they're forced to play.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Another symptom of a long cinematic Hangover, complete with Ed Helms in the lead.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tag

½

Simply put, this is the funniest movie I've seen all year, and one of the funniest movies I've seen in a while. It's a comedy shot like an action film, and it totally works for this absurd premise. I didn't really want much from this movie going in, I just wanted some absurd antics of grown men playing tag, and I got that but I'm glad I got a little more. The plot didn't go exactly the way I was expecting, and there actually is a nice message about maintaining your friendships into adulthood. At the end of the day though, the movie's just really really funny. The sheer sense of anarchy and extreme energy is so much fun. I also have to give a shout out to a stand-out performance from Isla Fisher who is hilariously psychotic. Just a really fun movie.

Michael Malan
Michael Malan

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A real life 30 year game of tag "you're it!" is the basis of this light summer comedy, that stars a pretty decent cast. You won't remember much of it afterwards, but you won't feel as if you've been gypped with half-assed, phoned-in performances miming a half-assed, phoned in script either. And it might well be rewatchable to boot. Okay stuff.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

ag is based on the true story of a group of grown men who continue to play a highly competitive game of tag for 30 years. There are even real clips of the real men before the end credits, raising the hope for a potential documentary on the subject. The Hollywood version is a sprightly ensemble comedy that's not afraid to go silly or dark in its pursuit of laughs. Given the nature of its premise, there is a lot of slapstick to behold, but it was cleverly staged, routinely netting some big laughs from me. This is a definitely adults-only R-rated venture and the movie proudly wears this identity on its sleeve, finding strange and exciting comic detours that can walk a fine tonal line, like an ongoing bit about miscarriages that had me wincing as much as I was laughing. The main characters are all relatively familiar types; Ed Helms is the high-strung dweeb, Jake Johnson is a sarcastic stoner, Jon Hamm is a smarmy exec, Hannibal Buress is as laconic as his standup persona. There are a string of supporting characters (often female) that add very little, including a rekindled love triangle with Rashida Jones, a journalist who tags along on the game and adds nothing, and Isla Fisher as the grating, always-yelling, intense wife to Helms. Surprisingly, the funniest member of the movie is Jeremy Renner, an actor who heretofore had never shown much comic ability in movies. He's a formidable opponent, and every time he went into his Sherlock Holmes-styled voice over detailing the steps and mistakes of his friends, I loved it. Also, strangely, Renner's arms are actually CGI arms since he broke them days into filming. You would never be able to tell. I appreciated that Tag is directed as a comedy even during its action set pieces. It looks at action through the lens of comedy and taps into the absurdity. Overall, Tag is a fun, rambunctious comedy with some dark impulses yet it still finds room for sentiment that doesn't feel entirely out of place. 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the hearty, enjoyable R-rated comedy with Tag joining the ranks of Blockers and Game Night. Catch it while you can if the prospect of men behaving like overgrown children appeals. Nate's Grade: B

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

½

There are times when a true story lends itself to a film in an emotionally resonant way and other times when it's simply done in order to impress or deliver laughs to an audience. That being said, Tag is a rare film that sort of relies on all of those things and more, which sort of makes for a weird experience at the movies. I have been looking forward to this film for a while and hearing that it was based on a true story made me that much more intrigued by it. Personally, I enjoyed my experience watching this film, but upon reflection, I can see why many viewers may find it boring or wish for it to be a much funnier romp. Here's why I would recommend Tag if you can check your expectations at the door and not expect it to be a hilarious movie from start to finish. Following a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag for over thirty years, as a way of staying friends, they make it their mission to finally tag their friend Jerry, who has been the champion forever. Yes, the plot is silly and outlandish, as is the movie itself, but the fact that people are actually out there in the real world doing this, made for a much more subdued experience. At its core, this is a film about friendship and the comedic aspect of this film simply comes from whenever the writers decided to add jokes into the core premise of the movie. The emotional core is really what hooked me throughout this movie. It seems strange to say that the dramatic aspects of a movie that follows older men playing tag are the best portions of the film, but that's truly where I found myself most impacted by it. Yes, there are some very funny lines of dialogue that I'm still replaying in my head, but they are few and far between, making way for the third act, which isn't exactly the type of conclusion I was expecting. Without giving anything away (and if you don't know the way this true story ends), this film ends on a note that actually had me slightly tearing up. This truly is a movie about friendship, first and foremost. For that reason alone, I forgave the fact that it wasn't loaded with comedy. Now, that's precisely why I believe certain viewers will be turned off by this film. Most people will look at the trailers and think they're going to see a laugh riot, and like I said, there are jokes that work very well, but it's sort of a blend of both comedy and drama. If you're able to gravitate toward that throughout your viewing experience, then I can definitely say this is the movie for you. A good story always trumps good jokes in my opinion. A movie could have lame jokes, but if the core plot is holding it together, then it's not a complete flop in my opinion. Tag benefits from a very dedicated cast, with standouts being Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson. These dedicated performers made this a very believable (albeit ridiculous) movie to watch. With some clever editing choices and quite frankly some cool choices in terms of cinematography, this movie tried to be much more than it needed to be, so I absolutely have to commend it for that. This is a comedy that you shouldn't be seeing for the comedy, but you'll still be rewarded with some hilarious moments. See this film for the camaraderie of friendship and I think you'll have a good time with it, as I did. It's not a great movie by any means, but it's a solid time at the movies.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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