Film: Game Night
Directed By: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Max (Bateman) and Annie’s (McAdams) weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks (Chandler) arranges a murder mystery party – complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.
While unlikely to ever be regarded as a classic side-splittingly hilarious comedy kingpin, Game Night is a refreshing and original mainstream experience, which could have been so much better had it not descended into preposterousness in its final third.
It feels like many moons since a comedy of this ilk wasn’t filled with unnecessary profanities, lewd jokes and loud-mouthed side characters, but thankfully Game Night largely avoids these comedic pitfalls and just focuses itself on telling a good story with a large collection of jokes that work on their own merits.
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