Search Party

If you've already decided to hate the all-female Ghostbusters remake for totally non-sexist reasons, Search Party may be the summer comedy for you. Starting out as standard bros-before-hoes fare before ever so slightly subverting that dynamic, Scot Armstrong's film does deserve kudos for having the courtesy to put its "speak now or forever hold your peace" moment 10 minutes in rather than at the climax. The twist, such as it is, lies in the fact that groom-to-be Dave "Nardo" Narducci (Thomas Middleditch) actually wants to get married, and his overzealous friend Jason (T.J. Miller) ruins the most important day of his life.

Distraught, Nardo follows his would-be bride to the resort where their honeymoon would have been but gets carjacked along the way ("They took my Fiat!"). Jason and the slightly more put-together Evan (Adam Pally) thus have no choice but to abscond south of the border to rescue their friend in a road trip that entails all the usual detours (a late-night casino stop, a brief stint in a Mexican jail) and overdetermined characters (an 11-year-old with a fake-ID business, a kidney-harvesting beauty played by Krysten Ritter). There's something almost quaint about making yet another Hangover-esque comedy — is this really still a thing? -- which isn't to say that Search Party is without laughs. An early scene in which Jason rips a makeshift bong made from a food processor while watching Face/Off is nothing new, but hearing two drug-runners argue about Gravity ("director Alfonso Cuarón has shamed Mexico") elicits a reasonable chuckle.

Director:

  • Scot Armstrong

Cast:

  • T.J. Miller
  • Thomas Middleditch
  • Adam Pally
  • Krysten Ritter
  • Alison Brie
  • Shannon Woodward
  • Lance Reddick
  • Rosa Salazar
  • Jason Mantzoukas
  • Jon Glaser

Writers:

  • Scot Armstrong
  • Mike Gagerman
  • Andrew Waller

Producers:

  • Paul Brooks
  • Scot Armstrong
  • Ravi Nandan

Search Party is not showing in any theaters in the area.

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