The Hangover with feelings. After his upcoming wedding is cancelled in tragic fashion, a former groom and a mishmash group of buddies decide to go forward with the already paid for bachelor party in Ojai, California. What attracted me to this movie was an intriguing cast of up and comers, but it turns out the cream of the crop (Jake Johnson, Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate) are really just cameos and remain off screen for much of the movie. The primary actors (Adam Pally, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch) are fine but the story doesn’t bring much to the table.
Just because a reunion movie has certain relatable interactions doesn’t automatically make it compelling. Also, the wet blanket versus party animal versus straight man scenario is getting a little played out. If you want to watch a movie about old friends reuniting loaded with future stars, you’re much better off with 2011’s 10 years starring Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Anthony Mackie, and Oscar Isaac all before they became A-list. Joshy isn’t worth your time. Grade: D