Movie Review: Focus World Films' Search Party Review

Search Party
Director: Scot Armstrong
Writers: Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller, Scot Armstrong
Starring: Adam Pally, T.J. Miller, and Thomas Middleditch
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, drug use, graphic nudity, and sexual content
Official Socials: IMDb
Convinced that his buddy Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) is making the mistake of a lifetime by marrying Tracy (Shannon Woodward), Jason (T.J. Miller) puts a dramatic end to their wedding. When the furious bride decides to take her Baja honeymoon solo, Nardo follows her-where the lovesick groom is carjacked and left stranded, naked and penniless in a remote part of the Mexican desert. Helpless, Nardo sends out an SOS to Jason and their pal Evan (Adam Pally), an up-and-coming ad exec slated for an important business meeting the next morning. During their ridiculous attempt to rescue Nardo, the trio embarks on a series of increasingly outrageous misadventures involving con artists, drug smugglers and even the Federales.

This Friday the thirteenth, spend it laughing it up with your friends and loved ones watching Search Party (rated R).  I had the privilege of being able to see an advance screening of this movie and let me tell you – it had me laughing so hard that at one point, I was even crying! 

It starts off with three friends enjoying a good smoke in a 70’s shag van, ending the Bachelor Party relaxing and talking about anything and everything. Ultimately, the topic steers towards the wedding that was going to happen the next day and Nardo (Thomas Middleditch), the groom, says he’s excited to get married but that it basically makes him want to jump off a bridge. 

Evan and Jason (Adam Pally and T.J Miller), his best friends since the third grade, question him if he really wants to get married. The next day, while Nardo and his fiancée Tracy are exchanging vows, leave it to Jason to run in and ruin the wedding, causing Tracy to fly off to Mexico on their honeymoon alone (and taking the spare ticket with her). The next night, Jason gets a call from Nardo, who had made his way to Mexico trying to find Tracy, got mugged, left naked and stranded in the middle of nowhere. Thus begins the adventure of a lifetime where the bonds of friendship are tested and proven in what is a crazy turn of events. 

This movie will leave you wondering if you would do the same for your friends and loved ones, while laughing at the shenanigans these fellas get into. If you’re a fan of the Hangover movies, you will definitely enjoy this movie. Bonus – if you are familiar with HBO’s Silicon Valley, you will appreciate Thomas Middleditch’s venture into comedic territory – it’s a relief seeing him curse, be funny and letting loose; as for T.J Miller, who plays Erlich, he is as funny as ever. In my opinion, this movie gets a 5/5! 

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