Search Party is an R-rated buddy comedy that definitely doesn’t try to hide its Hangover influences. The movie was originally completed back in 2014 but has received a slow, delayed release around the world, so let’s see if it was worth the wait.
The very detailed official plot synopsis is as follows:
Wedding bells threaten to break up three best friends’ long-running bromance, but they aren’t going down without a fight in Search Party, the directing debut of screenwriter Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II, Old School).
Convinced that his buddy Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) is making the mistake of a lifetime by marrying Tracy (Shannon Woodward), Jason (T.J. Miller) puts a dramatic end to their wedding. When the furious bride decides to take her Baja honeymoon solo, Nardo follows her south of the border—where the lovesick groom is carjacked and left stranded, naked and penniless in a remote part of the Mexican desert.
With no one else to call for help, Nardo sends out an SOS to Jason and their pal Evan (Adam Pally), an up-and-coming ad exec slated for an all-important business meeting the next morning. As Jason and a reluctant Evan rush to Nardo’s rescue, the trio embarks on a series of increasingly outrageous misadventures involving con artists, drug smugglers and even the Federales in this wild and wacky action comedy.
And as far as red-band trailers for R-rated movies go, this one is pretty safe for work:
Hopefully it’s just a poor trailer, but this just doesn’t do it for me. It’s one of those situations where I can see the funny – but I’m not laughing because it’s just… not. This Road Trip/Hangover mash-up (no surprise given the director) looks to be another Marmite movie – either you’ll love it or you’ll hate it – and unfortunately I’m leaning towards the latter. What do you think?
Search Party is due for release in the US on 13 May, there’s no local date as yet, but European movie-goers were able to watch it last year already. Directed by Scot Armstrong (writer of Road Trip, The Hangover Part II), it stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Adam Pally, Shannon Woodward, Alison Brie, Krysten Ritter, Jason Mantzoukas, and many more.
Last Updated: April 6, 2016