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by Derek Deskins
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Sep 18, 2018

There are movies that, when you sit down to actually consider their merits, crumble under the weight of analysis. Movies whose plot is only paper thin, yet the other elements somehow rescue them from the doldrums. These are the movies where the skill of the casting director and the charm of the actors is enough of a distraction to keep you in a perpetual state of enjoyment. "Tag" is one of those movies.

For one month out of the year, five friends put everything on the line in the hopes to not be "it." Ever since the first grade, Hoagie, Callahan, Chilli, Sable, and Jerry, have dedicated the month of May to a massive game of tag, where costumes and bodily harm abound and there are absolutely no tag-backs. Throughout the many years of the game, one thing has remained true: Jerry has never been "it." Hoagie plans to change that.

"Tag" spends a lot of its time treading in very familiar territory: A group of friends who reside squarely in a state of arrested development, at least for one month, putting their friendship and quest for fun above everything else. Despite its familiar trappings, the cast is able to make the story feel fresh and entertaining. They all have fantastic chemistry, with Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson shining especially brightly, and they surrender themselves to the almost cartoonish nature of Jeff Tomsic's direction. While the story may have basis in reality, it becomes clear early on that the stakes and theatrics have been ramped up to ridiculous levels. Regardless of its over-the-top nature, it manages to work. However, when the film tries to be more, throwing in a third act reveal that doesn't feel wholly earned and introducing a late-in-the-game love triangle that fizzles before it even starts, it ends up tripping over itself.

The Blu-ray release of "Tag" doesn't come bearing too many gifts. It includes your special feature standbys, a set of Bloopers that are fine, and some Deleted Scenes. Of the Deleted Scenes and Bloopers the standout is Hannibal Buress, who was clearly given liberties to be as funny as he wanted in a way that only he can. I could watch a whole set of extras just with Buress riffing.

The only other feature is a brief featurette on the real life "tag brothers" that inspired the film. I would caution those that excitedly sit down to watch this featurette following the movie, as the real life guys are just normal, middle-aged dudes tagging each other in far less exceptional ways. "Tag" is a sweet movie about friendship that is often funny and thoroughly entertaining, if ultimately inconsequential and middling.

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