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In 2013 The Wall Street Journal published an article about a group of school friends who have managed to maintain contact with one another for decades by playing a game of tag every year in the merry month of May.

Tag review

Tag review
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'Tag is let down by a heavy-footed screenplay and unfocused direction.'

In 2013 The Wall Street Journal published an article about a group of school friends who have managed to maintain contact with one another for decades by playing a game of tag every year in the merry month of May.

This true-life story forms the basis for Jeff Tomsic’s debut – Hoagie (Ed Helms) assembles friends Bob (Jon Hamm), Chilli (Jake Johnson) and Sable (Hannibal Buress) to continue their ritual game, deciding to make the never-been-tagged Jerry (Jeremy Renner) as the prime target.

The scene seems set for a riotous and touching exploration of male friendship. What we get instead is a film that falls short of its vibrant premise and the comedic potential of its game cast.

This is a real shame as its key players, particularly Hamm’s arrogant businessman and Johnson’s down-on-his-luck slacker, share a crackling chemistry whose barbed asides and incessant bickering give us a glimpse of the deeply funny film this could have been.

Rather than focus on this friendship and the childish extremes to which the characters resort to one-up each other, Tomsic and screenwriters Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen lumber the story with pointless subplots - Bob and Chilli’s romantic rivalry over Rashida Jones’ old flame has little impact on proceedings - and a predictable last act reveal so dramatic in nature it feels like it belongs in a different , much darker film.

Despite its spirited cast and the occasional strong visual gag Tag is let down by a heavy-footed screenplay and unfocused direction.