My wife and I saw Tag a few weeks ago, and I am still remembering it and chuckling. It’s a collection of Apatow-like middle-aged chums engaged in a game they’ve been playing since they were kids, based on a true story. The gang strains between cooperation and competition to Not Be It, and they especially strive to Tag one of their friends who has never, ever been Tagged. Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Jake Johnson play enhanced versions of their more famous TV roles: the Everyman with a hint of goofiness; the arrogant, talented, charismatic sonofabitch; the indolent loser with the heart of gold. Then there’s Hannibal Buress, who perhaps due to the listless writing, doesn’t really mesh well with the rest of the group, as if he doesn’t really have a reason to be there or a reason for the other guys to play tag with him. And finally, Jeremy Renner, trades in on his The Hawkeye Locker action movie background, as the world’s greatest tag artist. Oh, and there are some girls, too. You might recognize them.
This is the movie where in real life Renner broke both arms doing a stunt, and might be why he wasn’t in Infinity War. He does so much monkeying around in this movie, I couldn’t tell if they used that footage.
As this is based on a true story of arrested development, but more the “Tennessee” kind than the Bluth family, the movie is jam packed with references to the early and mid-90s, back when the kids started playing Tag. Finally, after being too young for the Brat Pack movies and too old for the late '90s teen movies, there is a movie pandering to my generation!
Because the game is so childish, the movie has low stakes. But I find that to be refreshing every once in a while, and was certainly charmed by the premise and the cast here.