According to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, laughing for 10 to 15 minutes burns between 10 and 40 calories. Now my math could be complete garbage but I estimate that I burned about 900 calories while laughing at Buddy Games. Take that Peloton!
The story, loosely based on Josh Duhamel’s circle of real-life friends, has been years in the making. Are his real-life buddy games as ruthless, bloody, and dangerous? No way. More like ping-pong and hangovers.
In the movie the men compete with challenges that include laxatives, sharp objects, and reptiles. Duhamel and Dan Bakkedahl tell The Knockturnal‘s Kinsey Schofield that while shooting one scene, Bakkedahl almost broke his leg and shut down production!
Duhamel’s fantasy Buddy Games are much more intense, dangerous, scary… and HILARIOUS. The all-star cast does not disappoint either. Olivia Munn, Dax Shepard, James Roday, Nick Swardson, and Kevin Dillon dominate the major ensemble.
Dillon tells us that nearly half of the final movie is a result of improv. Bakkedahl and Duhamel give credit to Nick Swardson for some of the movie’s funniest one liners.
Duhamel says that the main objective of Buddy Games is to celebrate male friendship, bonding, and to make people laugh. Which they executed perfectly. For instance, no matter how much they torture poor Bakkedahl, he still loves his rowdy group of friends. Bakkedahl even admits that filming the movie was as fun as it appeared and compares the experience to summer camp.
Between multiple injuries among the cast and a parking break mishap, the final product is definitely worth the wait. Dillon is already championing a sequel! Will, the ladies get involved next time around? Duhamel seems to think there’s a possibility!
Congratulations to Josh Duhamel on his directorial debut! We really enjoyed Buddy Games.
Buddy Games is available at select drive-in theaters across the country and to stream on-demand.