Game night (2018)
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons
Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Written by: Mark Perez
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 40 min.
My 2 Cents:
On this trip to the movies I was joined by my friends, John, Kim and Esther.
Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are a couple of hyper-competitive gamers. When Max’s brother (the seemingly older, richer, and better looking one) shows up, Max, Annie, and their friends get involved in a new mystery themed game, and things get weirder as the night progresses.
Game night is a great comedy. Not a classic, not something you can watch again and again, year after year, but certainly worth checking out. This is a rare beast these days as Hollywood has churned out some real stinkers over the last few years. I’m looking at you, Tammy, Sex Tape, and Hot Pursuit!
At its heart is a superb plot that doesn’t rely on contrived nonsense to move the story forward. Characters are established, and actually stay in character while the story’s great premise allows them to react naturally to the craziness around them. Everything in Game Night sort of makes sense and each twist is plausible. The script is sharp and the performances are great from the entire cast. Especially Jesse Plemons as the strange neighbor/cop, Gary, and Rachel McAdams as Annie. She. Is. Hilarious. In. This!
As well as the game night shenanigans, the story makes time to develop its characters too. Max’s sibling rivalry, Annie’s and Max’s plans for parenthood, and all the b-stories get worked in a credible way and resolved nicely. Trust me folks, Game Night is a blast. Recommended.