Vince Vaughn is a comedic genius. There is nothing like the unabashed, unapologetic middle aged man that doesn’t know that he’s being amusing. The pair of Vaughn and Wilson are unmatched. When Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) hit a rough spot, they make do and remake themselves at Google. You read right. Google, the Mecca of technology and progress. These two neither understand nor comprehend either of these things, but as the feel good tale unfolds you’ll realize that it’s the old fashioned things that have brought us this far.
Of course technology has made it a thousand times easier to share moments with your friends, but if you don’t make time to make those friends, and to positively reinforce their importance to your life, those moments are meaningless, with or without Instagram. So in a lot of ways, Vaughn’s story, directed and written by the six foot comedic juggernaut is a social commentary for the generations. It’s uncanny the way he reinforces positive messages alongside racy, sometimes uncomfortable humor and witty charm. There is a balance here that makes the whole film easy to watch. The laughs aren’t forced, and the awkwardness is refreshing. Each of the characters on Team Lyle is eccentric, funny and interesting. The cool kid is handsome, dashing and cold, the token Asian a home schooled wreck, and their fearless leader a self conscious genius.
This cast of young actors alongside Wilson and Vaughn is quite a treat, due to the uncertainty of their range and willingness to say and do crazy things in their roles. It’s electrifying. They don’t shy away from the challenge of being funny without trying too hard, and even when they go too hard that’s funny too. The story really is well written, and superbly executed from start to finish, with cameos from comic veterans such as Will Farrell and John Goodman. I take back everything I thought this film would be, and ask you to take a chance on it. You just might enjoy this wacky search for meaning amidst mayhem and friendship amidst failure.