TAG

"Game On!"

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Summary:

TAG is a raucous comedy filled with slapstick humor about five adult friends who every May play an elaborate, no-holds-barred game of tag that they’ve been playing since first grade. Inspired by a true story about the bonds of lifelong friendship, TAG has tons of really funny slapstick humor, but the story is laced with frequent, excessive R-rated foul language, some strong lewd content, and marijuana references.

Review:

TAG is a raucous comedy filled with slapstick humor about five adult friends, who every May play an elaborate, no-holds-barred game of tag that they’ve been playing since first grade. Inspired by a true story about the bonds of lifelong friendship, TAG has tons of really funny slapstick humor, but the story is laced with frequent, excessive R-rated foul language, some strong lewd content and marijuana references.

The story begins with the unofficial leader of the group, a veterinarian named Hogan, who surprises insurance executive, Bob, by posing as a janitor. Hogan interrupts Bob while Bob’s doing an important interview with Rebecca, a female reporter from the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Hogan has an ulterior motive besides tagging his friend Bob. He thinks they and two other friends, Sable and Chilli, finally have a chance to tag the fifth member of their childhood group, a fitness company owner named Jerry. Having never been tagged by the other guys, Jerry still lives in their hometown of Spokane, Washington, and is getting married there at the end of May. Hogan figures that all the events associated with Jerry’s wedding will give them plenty of chances to finally tag Jerry and make him “It.”

However, not only is Jerry the fastest runner, he’s also like a super-clever James Bond type with all sorts of fancy martial arts moves.

Let the game begin!

TAG is inspired by a real WALL STREET JOURNAL article about a group of men in Spokane who are still engaged in a 30-year-old game of tag every February. It has lots of funny slapstick comedy, crazy spying maneuvers and fun twists as Hogan, Bob, Sable, and Chilli try to catch Jerry unawares. Each time, however, Jerry manages to give them the slip, often by outsmarting them or employing a series of amazing martial arts moves. In fact, Jeremy Renner, who plays Jerry in the movie, broke both his arms doing one of the movie’s crazy stunts.

TAG’s motto is the adage by English playwright George Bernard Shaw, who said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” However, TAG is about more than just trying to stay young. It’s also about getting together with your friends. The plot problem in the movie is that Jerry is so intent on not getting tagged by his friends that he’s the one guy who’s grown apart from the other guys.

Despite the good things in its favor, TAG has excessive objectionable content. It’s rated R and contains frequent R-rated foul language throughout the story. There are also some lewd moments and references, including a brief flashback scene where one of the guys interrupts Sable when he’s losing his virginity to his high school girlfriend in a car. Finally, one of the four guys, Chilli, is addicted to smoking marijuana. So, TAG contains multiple marijuana references.

Content:

(B, Ab, Pa, LLL, VV, SS, N, A, DD, MM):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light moral worldview promotes the importance of friendship, but the main characters exhibit some immoral behavior;

Foul Language:
At least 96 obscenities (including many “f” words), eight strong profanities, and 15 light profanities;

Violence:
Lots of strong and light slapstick violence includes some martial arts kicks, groin kicks, grown men wrestle, pratfalls, man punched in stomach and punched in the buttocks, martial arts moves, breaking glass, tackling, men caught in traps while they search a wooded area off a golf course, man in golf cart throws golf balls and clubs at men in another golf cart chasing him, man grabs a piece of cloth to grab another man and pull him backwards, man throws office chair against glass wall but it bounces back and knocks him down, ;

Sex:
Briefly depicted fornication in car (woman is wearing bra, and there’s no other nudity), some crude insults and references, and man pretends he’s going to start committing self-abuse in another man’s childhood bedroom;

Nudity:
Brief upper male nudity and woman in bra in brief sex scene;

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol use;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Brief tobacco smoking and some marijuana references and smoking; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Some significant instances of lying, people break into man’s house, several cases of spying, and [SPOILER] woman pretends to be on the verge of having a miscarriage.

In Brief:

TAG is a raucous comedy about five adult friends who every May play an elaborate, no-holds-barred game of tag that they’ve been playing since first grade. Hogan, the unofficial leader of the group, learns that Jerry, the one guy in the group who’s never been tagged, will be getting married at the end of May. Hogan figures that the wedding and all the wedding events will be the perfect opportunity to finally tag Jerry. However, Jerry runs a fitness company. He’s not only the fastest runner, he’s also like a super-clever James Bond type with all sorts of fancy martial arts moves.

TAG is inspired by a real WALL STREET JOURNAL article about a group of men who are still engaged in a 30-year-old game of tag every February. It has lots of funny slapstick comedy, crazy spying maneuvers, and fun twists. The movie also presents a heartwarming lesson about the importance of friendship. However, despite the good things in its favor, TAG has excessive objectionable content. There’s frequent R-rated foul language, some lewd content, and marijuana references making fun of getting high.