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TAG Trailer: Grown Men & A 30-Year Game of Tag

Jon Hamm and Ed Helms try to win a game of tag before Jeremy Renner retires without a loss.

The first trailer for this Warner Bros. summer comedy is released with a witty introduction by leading men Renner, Helms, and Hamm. The movie also stars Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Annabelle Wallis, and Leslie Bibb.

For 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, the New Line Cinema comedy “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

"This is our gangbang," says Anna (Fisher) when comparing their weird group activities to other supposedly less weird pastimes. These old pals have been bonding and building friendship with this annual game of tag, no matter how far it takes them to travel. Growing older into family lives, friends tend to grow apart as well. The game thus serves the purpose of uniting these ex-classmates every summer, their obligation to attend weddings and funerals. Apparently, Jerry (Renner) has been unbeatable in the game, and he decides to retire from it after his wedding. The rest couldn't let it go easily.

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The trailer shows enough to get comedy fans excited. When "Synchronize your watch" is replied by a series of excuses that ends with "Time is a construct," the potential for good humor is clear. TAG is directed by Jeff Tomsic (Broad City), and writers Mark Steilen (Mozart in the Jungle) and Rob Mckittrick (Waiting) pen the script, which is based on a 2013 article on The Wall Street Journal. This true-life story is similar to the movie's premise, with a group 10 friends continuing their game of tag for decades after their school years.

Knowing this ridiculous idea actually happened would be an enjoyable plus when we see the movie. Besides the cast of comic talents, the concept is refreshing. It may surprise us this summer like Game Night did recently.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Warner Bros. Pictures