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Tag (2018)

R | | Comedy | 15 June 2018 (USA)
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A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Director:

Jeff Tomsic

Writers:

Rob McKittrick (screenplay by), Mark Steilen (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Helms ... Hogan 'Hoagie' Malloy
Lil Rel Howery ... Reggie
Jon Hamm ... Bob Callahan
Annabelle Wallis ... Rebecca Crosby
Jake Johnson ... Randy 'Chilli' Cilliano
Isla Fisher ... Anna Malloy
Hannibal Buress ... Kevin Sable
Nora Dunn ... Linda Malloy
Steve Berg ... Lou Seibert
Jeremy Renner ... Jerry Pierce
Leslie Bibb ... Susan Rollins
Rashida Jones ... Cheryl Deakins
Indiana Sifuentes ... Mexican Jerry
Trayce Malachi ... Young Boy in Mall
Jock McKissic ... Security Guard at Mall
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Storyline

Childhood friends Jerry (Jeremy Renner), Callahan (Jon Hamm), Randy (Jake Johnson), Sable (Hannibal Buress) and Hoagie (Ed Helms) have been competing in the same game of tag for 30 years. When Jerry gets married, he attempts to retire from the intense annual game without ever being "it," causing the other four to band together and go to extreme lengths to finally tag him. Directed by Jeff Tomsic. Inspired by the Wall Street Journal article "It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It."

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on a True Story. We're Not Kidding.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual content, drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tag Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,947,396, 17 June 2018

Gross USA:

$54,730,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,130,625
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Jeff Tomsic's first full length feature film. See more »

Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as a goof: before the men run out of the hospital room, Jerry's wife is seen to step to the side of the doorway inside the room so she would not be visible in the next shot from the hallway as the men come out. See more »

Quotes

Sable: What's the difference between Episcopalian and Lutheran?
Randy: Episcopalians don't eat fish.
Sable: That's... pescatarian, that's... not a religion.
Randy: They're all fanatics, I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

Right before the credits, videos of the real men who inspired the film are shown playing the game. See more »

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References Predator (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Back in the Day (Remix)
Written by Stefan Gordy, Ahmad Lewis, Gip Noble (as Gip Noble, Jr.), Cecil D. Womack (as Cecil Womack) and Linda M. Womack (as Linda Womack)
Performed by Ahmad Lewis
Courtesy of Giant Records/Warner Bros. Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of "Love T.K.O."
Performed by Teddy Pendergrass
Courtesy of P.I.R./Legacy Recordings
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
Catch me if you can
11 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Loved the idea, based on a true story, the advertising was interesting and the cast is a talented one (Jeremy Renner, Isla Fisher and John Hamm particularly have shown themselves to be more than capable in a lot of things). 'Tag' had the potential right off the bat to be a fun and intriguing film, regardless of its mixed critical reception.

'Tag' turned out to be just that, fun and intriguing with some over-the-top excitement and a few tender moments. It is far from perfect and it is not great or one of those unforgettable films of the ages films, with content that is not going to be for all tastes, but it did make me smile and laugh and a lot of effort went into it. Neither one of the best films of the year or the worst, instead it's somewhere in the middle which is not too bad a position to be in.

It looks good, slick, stylish and sometimes clever, never incoherent. The music appeals on the ear and is hardly ill fitting. The direction shows an ease with the material and allows the cast and their chemistry to shine. Much of 'Tag' goes at a lively pace and the cast are stellar mostly, Jeremy Renner and Isla Fisher being particularly good.

A good deal of the film is very funny and often hilarious. Am actually not always a fan of lowbrow comedy, am more a sophisticated, witty and subtle (and also dark and screwball) sort of person myself, but there are times where it's done well thanks to the wit, the sharp timing and the comic timing of the cast and 'Tag' is one of those examples. A few touching tender moments too and it makes the game of tag interesting and exciting.

However, 'Tag' is not perfect. The flimsiness of the story does show in moments of slack pacing in some extraneous scenes (namely the dramatic ones). The film sometimes goes overboard on the sentimentality, the tacked on (or that's how it felt) ending, as well as the over-the-topness.

While most of the cast are fine, Leslie Bibb's overacting does get too much quite badly that it gets tiresome. Didn't see the need for Jake Johnson's character when nothing is done with him, merely an example of a just there stereotype. Do agree that some of the content is distasteful, am not surprised actually at the offense the miscarriage jokes/parts have garnered (can be known to find things found controversial blown out of proportion in film, not this time with it being one of the worst things one can go through).

Summing up, an uneven film but an enjoyable one. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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