Make a date with Adam DeVine and Anna Kendrick Wednesday when they visit ASU

Take the key components of spring — elegant weddings and wild parties — mix in a group of comedy's biggest stars and a sprinkle of R-rated fun and you've got "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates."

Adam DeVine and Anna Kendrick will come to the Tempe campus on Wednesday afternoon to meet with fans and promote their new movie.

The meet-and-greet session will be from 2 to 3 p.m. outside the ASU Bookstore, and afterwards there will be a free student pre-screening of "Mike and Dave" at the Harkins Tempe Marketplace. The movie will be officially released on July 8.

In a phone interview from his car, DeVine called himself a "promotional whore" and said he's looking forward to the chance to interact with fans.

"We're going to do photo opps, bear hugs and arm wrestling competitions," he quipped. "We're going to have a contest where we spit in each others mouths. Y'know, regular stuff — like talking about how freaking pumped and jazzed I am for the movie."

His definition of "regular stuff" may be different from most, but it seems DeVine shares the common image of ASU as a party school.

He referred to ASU students as, "freaky cats cookin' in the sun" and said when he thinks of ASU he thinks of "bronzed bodies, Coors Light, academia ... Ray Ban sunglasses and neon t-shirts that say 'yolo life.'"

DeVine said his upcoming movie "Mike and Dave" appeals to that crowd, and he hopes students will support it by buying tickets when it's released over the summer.

"What are you going to do, watch another superhero movie?" DeVine asked sarcastically. "Another grown man dancing around in a cape? No! You want to watch fun things. You want to laugh with your friends, watching people around your age having fun, getting wild, getting loose — dare I say, getting loco?"

He said he was confident that students would enjoy the movie.

"If ASU is the ultimate rock 'n' roll party school that I think it is, you guys will come out in full force," he said.

According to the movie's website, "hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by the uncontrollable duo."

The film is not yet rated, but DeVine called it a "hard R-rated comedy."

Several students are already looking forward to the movie, as well as this week's meet-and-greet with the stars.

Business management freshman Joley Hamilton said she enjoys getting to meet celebrities in person because she likes getting to see the person behind the persona. She said she has prior obligations on Wednesday, but she plans to see the movie when it comes out over the summer.

"It's cool that they picked ASU, and it makes me proud to be a Sun Devil," she said. "I'm really bummed I can't make it on Wednesday."

Freshman nursing major Mea Valli-Doherty said she saw the event on Facebook and appreciates how ASU often has events that appeal to students.

"I think ASU really wants to encourage engagement with its students, and by reaching out to popular interests — movies, or public figures in the media and TV — they're able to gain a large audience," she said.

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