Do you ever hear about a new movie and think, “oh god why is this a movie?” and then you watch the trailer for it and you think “YOU BETTER BELIEVE I AM SEEING THIS MOVIE.” So for today’s edition of that, I present to you Tag: The Movie. It’s literally a movie about a group of friends playing a game of tag over the span of a few decades. But after you hear about it, you’re going to want to get in on the game yourself.
Based on a real story — really, this is a true story from the Wall Street Journal back in 2013 — Tag tells the tale of a group of best friends who started playing tag as kids to pass the time. And then…they never stopped playing tag. Now, they’re all grown up with jobs, families, and adult lives yet every year they come back to play an epic game of tag and do whatever they can to avoid being tagged as “it.” Because no one wants to be “it.” Being it sucks, you probably remember that far too well from your own childhood.
What really makes the movie is the all-star cast that’s been assembled for this game, which includes, but is not limited to: Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, and Annabelle Wallis. If that’s not a stacked cast guaranteed to make you laugh, I’m not sure what is.
And while yes, this movie already sounds bonkers, it’s also got a big heart: The movie’s all about friendship!
“It’s funny because I feel like it’s one of those stories you can only turn into a movie because it’s real,” Ed Helms explained to People. “If someone came to me with this premise, and was like, ‘Yeah, it’s a bunch of grownups who play tag,’ I would’ve thought, that’s really corny and dumb. But because the guys really do it, suddenly it’s really kind of sweet and I don’t know, a poignant thing…What this game represents to these adults, which is so much more than a game of tag, it’s something that’s glued their friendship together for 30 years.”
If you’re ready to get into the game yourself, Tag hits theaters on June 15th.