What You Need To Know:
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.
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.