Back in February of 2013, Menands natives and Shaker High graduates Mike and Dave Stangle sought out dates for a cousin’s upcoming wedding by heading to Craigslist.
Their ad, which included photos of a centaur — a Greek mythological character — and jokes about slimy uncles, went viral and earned the brothers appearances on “Today,” “Good Morning America” and “Anderson Cooper.” Gallery, a Simon & Schuster imprint, signed the brothers to a book deal and released “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: And a Thousand Cocktails,” later that year, and two Hollywood writers, Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, turned the brothers’ experiences into a movie with the same name minus the subtitle.
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The film, which stars Zac Efron and Adam Devine, opens today in the Capital Region and had its world premiere last Wednesday in Los Angeles. The brothers’ parents, Denise and John Stangle of Menands, joined their sons at the world premiere.
“We were very lucky enough to go with the boys to the premiere and it was very exciting,” said Denise Stangle. “They are absolutely thrilled and having a lot of fun with it. They’re very honored to have these famous actors playing them. It’s all a bit crazy.”
Dave Stangle, now 31, and younger brother Mike, 27, were living in New York City during that summer of 2013 and each continue to rent their own apartment there. Dave is director of Barkbox, a pet products company, and Mike works as a bartender.
“It’s amazing that what started out as a goofy, funny ad on Craigslist turned into this,” said Stangle, who said her sons were four grades apart at Shaker. “They never expected this to happen. They’re thrilled beyond words.”
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