Five friends have been playing the same game of Tag for 30 years,
but now one of them wants to retire without ever having been "it."
Directed by Jeff Tomsic
Written by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen
Starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Renner, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb,
Rashida Jones, Steve Berg
Based on the article by Russell Adams
Tag is an uproarious comedy that didn't get nearly the amount of attention it deserved when it came out last year. It's such a simple but genius premise that is actually based on the true story of a group of lifelong friends who played an elaborate game of Tag during the entire month of May for 30 years. That's dedication and true friendship, or maybe just absolute lunacy. Regardless, the film is hilarious due to the perfect chemistry between Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, and Jeremy Renner.
The five actors mentioned above play five friends who go very, very, very far when it comes to Tag. However, Jerry (Renner) is about to get married and wants to retire from the game, despite never having been tagged. Realizing they're running out of time to do it, Hoagie (Helms) leads his old friends in one final effort to tag Jerry. What follows is some hilarious situations and a surprising amount of genuine laughs. I don't know what people didn't like about it. I was laughing almost the entire time, and the overall message is sincere. You don't stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing.
Tag is a great comedy that deserves a second look. The cast is perfect, the concept is even funnier if you know that it's true, and the finished product is absolutely stellar. It really made me want to look up some of my old friends and try to organize a game of Tag. It's the ultimate childhood game with no real point to it, but we loved it anyway. And that's what this film is. A love letter to our childhoods.