To my surprise, Tag follows a trend of good comedy we’ve been fortunate to experience in 2018. Joining other adult comedies, such as Game Night and Blockers, Tag celebrates friendship in adulthood and reinforces the idea that, no matter what happens or how much time has passed, you can rely on the people closest to you.
Based on real events, this film follows a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag since they were kids. Now older, married or getting married, with jobs, and living in different parts of the country, they come together every May to heat things up and reconnect. However, one friend has never been tagged and it’s supposedly going to be his last year playing the game.
Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, and Jon Hamm make up four of the five friends in this movie, playing Hoagie, Chilli, Sable, and Callahan respectively. The friend who has yet to be tagged, Jerry, is played by Jeremy Renner. Together, these five men create a funny, fast-paced caper as they go back-and-forth between each other to not be it.
Throughout the game, these friends learn new things about themselves and open up some new conversations and vulnerabilities with each other. As perplexing, and childish, a tradition this is, it has kept them together and connected in spite of any obstacles or misunderstandings they’ve faced throughout their adult lives.
It’s a fun movie not to be taken too seriously and makes for a good night for any adult who wants to get away.