Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Childhood Friends Continue A Tradition for 30 Years in the Movie ‘Tag’ (WATCH)

*Imagine if you and your childhood friends got together once a year and play your favorite game for more than 30 years?

Well a group of 10 guys from Spokane, Washington who graduated from GPrep in the early 1980s, started playing tag in their senior year. They’d tag each other in between classes and the guy who was last tagged would be “it” until the next day.

After graduation the game fizzled out as the friends got older. However, a few years later, over drinks some of the group came up with the idea to continue with the game as a way to stay connected. The only difference was that whoever was “it” would remain it for the next 11 months until the game began again for the month of February.

23 years in 2013 the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about these lifelong friends. Then producer, writer and fellow GPrep alum Mark Steilen read the story in the newspaper and realized one of the guys was his younger brother’s friend and decided to present this story about friendship to the world in movie form. And the movie“ Tag” was born.

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Hannibal Burress

“Tag” at first seems like one of those movies you would catch on the airplane, but with a great cast (Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb, Thomas Middleditch, and Lil Rel Howery) it draws you in and the hilarious writing makes you stay.

Along with the talented cast, the original 10 taggers (Mike Konesky, Chris Ammann, Joe Tombari, Bill Akers, Brian Dennehy, the Rev. Sean Raftis, Joe Caferro, Rick Bruya, Patrick Schultheis and Mark Mengert) made the premiere at the historic Regency Village Theatre in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles

“Tag” is rated R and opens nationally on June 15. Get more info here.



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