Sometimes movies feel like they are made specifically for you. It may be the subject matter, the era, the cast, the humour or the music. Recently I put on TAG, thats right, TAG. The movie based on the true story of a group of childhood friends who have kept playing the same game of tag for one month a year for more then 20 years. This has to be a true story, cause if somebody pitched this as an original script, they would be laughed out of the room.
TAG stars, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Jeremy Renner and Isla Fisher. It made a decent 54 million on a 28 million budget and came and went form the theatres without much fanfare. June 15th openings don’t usually bode well for comedies about a group of friends pushing 45. Here’s the thing though, it is a really enjoyable movie. I mean REALLY enjoyable. I have to admit that I am the perfect person for this film, I am still close with my best friends from high school, and I have very diverse tastes in music. And that is what makes TAG so great. It has hands down one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. I almost felt like someone was playing a trick on me as every song came from my own Itunes playlist.
Obviously in a movie called TAG you have to start by using “Runnin” by The Pharcyde, but to then also use “Check the Rhime” by A Tribe Called Quest, and then into “Shake Your Rump” by the Beastie Boys? That is pure movie soundtrack heaven. You would have to be forgiven for thinking that the director’s greatest concert experience was Lollapalooza 1994. (It is definitely in my top 5 festivals for sure, if not at the top) But it doesn’t stop there, the “hits” keep coming with “Mother” by Danzig, “Lake of Fire” by Eric Bachmann, “Wave of Mutilation” by The Pixies and “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne. I can’t tell you awesome it is to hear these songs in the movie because none of them feel like an afterthought. It almost seems like the scenes were shot around the music. Whomever did clearance for this movie did a great job. And the use of “Colors” by Ice-T was perfect.
But what really got me was the friendship between the 5 players. To keep this game going for so long is admirable and to not get made when your buddy tags you in you place of work is even better. It is what we should be aiming for in life. More fun, more friends, less work and less worry. TAG may not be for everyone, but it is definitely for me. I will support it forever, even while standing outside of my local Blockbuster (if it was still around) blasting “Sound of da Police” by KRS-ONE on my boom box like some low rent Silent Bob.