Review: This ‘Search Party’ should have been abandoned

Shannon Woodward, Billy Merritt, Thomas Middleditch and Adam Pally star in "Search Party."
Shannon Woodward, Billy Merritt, Thomas Middleditch and Adam Pally star in “Search Party.”
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The dreadful bromantic comedy “Search Party” was shot in 2013, but feels a whole lot moldier. This spectacularly dumb and unfunny film will likely bore even the staunchest fans of the “Hangover” movies, of which “Search” is a kind of distant, fatally impoverished cousin.

Three goofy Los Angelenos — Jason (T.J. Miller), Evan (Adam Pally) and Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) — who’ve been best buds since third grade find themselves on a nutty collision course after impulsive screw-up Jason wrecks Nardo’s wedding to Tracy (Shannon Woodward), convinced she’s wrong for him. (She’s not.)

A heartsick Nardo follows Tracy to the Mexican resort where she’s “honeymooning” alone but is waylaid by carjackers and forced to recruit Jason and Evan to save him. A series of interminable and asinine “comic”-action sequences follow — both north and south of the border — as Jason and Evan attempt to reach the increasingly imperiled Nardo.

“Old School” writer Scot Armstrong crashes and burns in his directorial debut, based on a script he wrote with Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller. The trio trots out every down-Mexico-way cliché in the book. That is, when they’re not defaulting to bits about angry lesbians, men in tights and vomiting burros. Don’t ask.



‘Search Party’

MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, drug use, graphic nudity, and sexual content

Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes


Playing: AMC Burbank Town Center 8; also on VOD