What a darn cute movie. I’m enchanted to learn Tag is based off a true story of some kids who decided never to grow up. The entire theater was PACKED at the first showing, and everyone in the theater not only knew a lot about the film going into it, but were very much into the playful spirit of things, whooping it up, laughing and cheering. The audience clearly had a fantastic night at the movies.
Even during the trailers for completely unrelated movies, they howled and clapped. During the preview for horror flick The Nun, at the jump scare, one person got up and ran around pretending to be the nun/ghost/whatever, and people squealed, excited and happy. I actually wondered if the entire theater-going crowd was high (this IS California). They were that rowdy and playful. It made the viewing experience unique, and added to the fun.
The cast seemed to have having as much of a ball as the audience. Everyone gave it their all. Jeremy Renner stands out as the unstoppable, never-caught tag hero (not caught in 30 years of annual play!), but really, the entire ensemble just killed it.
I foresee a lot of old friends starting their own games of life-long tag. I want to play too. This is absolutely worth seeing. You’ll laugh and feel young again.
NOTE: Make sure to stick around through the credits for a charming and very silly version of the Tag guys singing “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by the Crash Test Dummies. What a bunch of goof balls. Loved it.
Movie Grade: A-
RunPee Meta: I gave you 3 good Peetimes, each of a decent length, where you won’t miss any of the best chase or humor scenes.
Related, on RunPee: Did you know Tag star Jeremy Renner filmed this movie with two broken arms? And yes, he broke them on set. Read what happened.