Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.
What We Thought:
Game Night was a lot funnier than expected. I don’t know why I had low expectations for the movie, but I did. I guess I assumed all the funny parts were shown in the trailers, but I was pleasantly surprised there were plenty of laughs in the movie.
I think my biggest concern is that I really haven’t liked a mainstream comedy in years. I used to love comedies, but I can’t think of one in the past few years that I genuinely enjoyed. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is technically a comedy and I did find it quite humorous, but it’s not a straight up comedy, more an action comedy. I’m talking straight up comedies that you expect nothing else but laughter. I haven’t liked one of those in many, many years.
And I should have had higher expectations. I like Jason Bateman. I like Rachel McAdams. I didn’t realize it was from the guys who did Horrible Bosses and the Vacation reboot which is underrated. But I guess having low expectations helped because I wasn’t expecting much and had a good time with it.
Bateman and McAdams play a husband and wife who hold game nights for friends. This time around, Bateman’s brother, played by Kyle Chandler, shows up and changes everything. Bateman is jealous of his more successful brother and Chandler invites them over to his new place for his own version of game night. He plans a murder mystery, but with many twists and turns and it takes on a real feel. I won’t go much further into it because I don’t want to spoil any surprises and there are a few.
Bateman and McAdams are great and the rest of the cast is as well, but the scene stealer is Jesse Plemons. He plays a neighbor cop who stops getting invited to game night when his wife leaves him. Plemons is creepy and awkward and pretty much deadpans the entire movie. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him in a comedy before, but I hope to see him in more.
Game Night is a solid comedy that I can see doing pretty well. I hope people check it out because I had fun with it. If you like the cast or the guys who made the film, definitely check it out. It has some nice surprises and twists you won’t see coming. Plemons shines and it’s a fun way to kill time and escape the real world.
Cast & Crew:
- Jason Bateman
- Rachel McAdams
- Jesse Plemons
- Kyle Chandler