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Amazing cast lifts mediocre movie

Wild-and-crazy couple corrupts boring, comfy couple. You understand it, you’ve seen it. From “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to “Meet the Fockers” (my apologies to the late Edward Albee for that impolite comparability), it’s a story that’s been advised lots.

The newest instance is “Vacation Friends,” a meh movie made higher by its phenomenal casting.

Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji play Marcus and Emily, the strait-laced pair, who’re on trip at a luxurious resort in Mexico. Marcus is about to pop the question of their suite, when he opens the door to seek out the room drenched in water from the overflowing sizzling tub of their upstairs neighbors.

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Running time: 103 minutes. Rated R (drug content material, crude sexual references, and language all through.) On Hulu.

To make amends, Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner), the loony lovebirds, invite them over for cocktails. Then issues get bizarre.

While sipping a margarita, Marcus asks, “Why does the salt not taste salty?”

“Oh!” Ron replies. “Because it’s cocaine.”

Early on, jokes like which might be a hoot, however because the movie continues, each gag stays on identical degree and thus turns into much less and fewer satisfying. Not even a breaded cheese fanatic akin to myself desires 300 mozzarella sticks.

From left: Meredith Hagner, John Cena, Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji have a wild journey in “Vacation Friends.”

Seven months after that raucous evening — and with solely fuzzy recollections of what truly occurred — Marcus and Emily are shocked when their new pals arrive uninvited at their wedding ceremony. And, oh expensive, Kyla appears about seven months pregnant. Who’s the daddy?

Playing the mom-to-be, Hagner is an actress to look at. She is hilarious as Portia on “Search Party” — which that you must binge in case you haven’t — and he or she brings that very same airhead humorousness that feels completely improvised and fully her personal. I by no means thought I’d wish to see her married to John Cena — who, let’s be actual, performs John Cena — however they make a sparky match.

Those trip friendships don’t all the time translate to actual life.

Howery, who obtained Glenn Close to bounce “Da Butt” on the Oscars, is deservedly in all places nowadays. He’s a comic book actor who you would need to be a jerk to not love. And it’s all the time good to see Orji, who performed Issa Rae’s business-brained pal on “Insecure,” get to dig into her stand-up comedy roots. More of that, please.

The gifted quartet saves the movie, however making it nice would take a rewrite.