Now Showing: Tag

Tag is directed by Jeff Tomsic and stars: Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) as Jerry, Ed Helms (The Hangover) as Hogan, Jake Johnson (The Mummy) as Chilli, Jon Hamm (Baby Driver) as Bob, Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy) as Rebecca, Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Anna, and Hannibal Buress (Neighbors) as Kevin Sable.

The movie is about a group of friends who have continued to play a game of tag even in their adult lives throughout the month of May. The friends say throughout the game that while they are running away from each-other trying not to get tagged, it really is an effort to keep the group together instead of losing each-other as friends. The twist is that Jerry has never been tagged, and on his wedding day the friends see an opportunity to finally tag Jerry. It seems like a really over the top idea, but oddly enough it really is based on a true story. It should also be noted that this is a fairly raunchy comedy movie, so it’s not suggested for children.

The greatest thing about the film is that the story is something that is actually relatable for most people. Often when people graduate high school they lose their close friends.  This isn’t the case with this group of friends. Every May they come together and have another season of Tag. The last person to be tagged in the month has the shame of losing the game. It was an oddly moving story. These people continued being friends, and the bond between them works well on screen. A lot of people watching Tag will wish that they had such a bond with friends it may inspire people to seek out old friends.

The movie has some truly great performances. Everyone in the movie plays a very different character, but you can see how they enjoyed being around each-other. Interestingly each of the friends are doing something completely different. One is a wealthy company leader, while one of them really doesn’t do anything. They all come from different economic backgrounds and different lives, but come together for tag like there was never an issue with that in the first place.

Most comedies at some point usually turn into a drama. While Tag remains  funny there well done emotional moments. These characters have flaws, and while they are usually worked into a joke, they are also dealt with very seriously. The group cares about each-other. One of them has an addiction problem, and they worry about that.

2018 is shaping up to be a truly great year for comedies. Recently comedies have struggled to remain funny, but this year already has at least two that are really good.

Tag is a good movie to watch and is worth buying if you want a good laugh or at the very least worth a rental and seeing in theaters.

It gets an 8/10.


David Gifford is a college student, a sales rep for The Mountain Echo and a gaming and movie enthusiast. Check out his podcast: Reasonably Reel.