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Inspired by a Wall Street Journal story, this fast-moving comedy stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress, and Jake Johnson as middle-aged men who’ve been playing the same game of tag, confined to the month of May, since they were nine years old. This premise gives the stars’ stunt doubles plenty to do, and the slapstick gains a lightly satirical edge from the casting of action badass Renner (The Bourne Legacy) as the only member of the group who’s never been tagged. Unlike the stunt doubles, the women in the cast don’t have much to do except to inject some estrogen into this tale of overgrown boys; Isla Fisher brings her usual ginger to a one-note role as the Helms character’s hypercompetitive spouse, but Rashida Jones’s part, as a former high school honey once courted by two of the men, consists mainly of a few sexy dresses. Director Jeff Tomsic takes a broadly comic approach to the material that doesn’t always serve it well, but the real-life story is captivating, at once poignant and ridiculous.