Tag surrounds a group of guys played by Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, and Jeremy Renner who have played the same game of tag for 30 years. Jeremy Renner’s character is the one person who has never been tagged and wants to retire because he’s getting married, so it is up to the rest of the guys to finally tag Jeremy Renner.
The cast here is pretty great and they work very well together. I thought it was really cool how far the guys are willing to go to tag Jeremy Renner and how he always out-ninjas them. However, I thought the film started out weak and it took about 20 minutes or so for the film to suck me into the story.
As said before, the chemistry between the cast is the highlight of the film, the comedy itself is good, but I wouldn’t say there’s much laugh out loud funniness. Jeremy Renner shined in his role and brought some Hawkeye to this character. Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress are the other standouts to me. Isla Fisher and Rashida Jones also star in the film, but neither have much to do, and the side plot with Rashida Jones’ character was really not needed.
The fact that it was based on a true story was sweet, and I was skeptical about whether or not you can make a whole movie about playing tag, the shtick did get a little old, but it came pretty close to delivering. They also tried to make the third act more serious with one of its characters, but this came out completely out of left field, and didn’t really work for me because, though it may have been a true thing, it wasn’t consistent with the tone of the film.
But overall, Tag is a fun film. It doesn’t do anything new or standout as a comedy film, but it’s a good watch if you just want to turn off your brain. I give it a B-