Comedy film gods, please let the full Tag movie live up to the trailer. We need a good laugh and comedies that actually deliver are few and far between. This one feels like it has (original) Hangover potential, and not just because it features Ed Helms in a starring role.
The trailer informs viewers multiple times that it’s based on true events, and that’s not a made-up movie gimmick. It’s actually based on “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It,” an article published in the Wall Street Journal and written by Russell Adams. The January 2013 article tells the story of ten friends who have played the game of tag for more than 20 years, dedicating the month of February each year to attempting to tag each other with the last person tagged remaining “It” until the game begins again the following year.
The film adaptation of the article stars Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner. Jeff Tomsic directed from a script by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen. Steilen and Todd Garner produced, and Hans Ritter, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadtern executive produced.
New Line Cinema is targeting a June 15, 2018 theatrical release date.
The Tag Plot: One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, Tag shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.