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September 14, 2018

Game Night (2018) --- "This Is Not A Game. Seriously."

Plot Summary
Max and Annie's weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's brother Brooks 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. (1)

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     Directed by John Francis Daley (Vacation) and Jonathan Goldstein (Vacation), Game Night (2018) is a hilarious action-packed film that will leave you the edge of your seat with cringe-worthy moments and unpredictable twists. You never really know when the film ends; sometimes you think you’ve reached it and then they throw you a curveball. This is all thanks to the brilliant and original script by Mark Perez (Accepted). It’s strange to think that this is the same guy who wrote family films such as, The Country Bears (2002) and Herbie Fully Loaded (2005).

      Today, most of the adult comedies we have are dependent on vulgar sex jokes, gross nude visuals, and juvenile humor that has no rhyme or reason. However, Game Night is sort of an anti-thesis for adult comedies. The humor is nonstop. The jokes and the one-liners were structured and blended into film well so that no joke stood out for being cringe-worthy or awkward. There are a few sex jokes but their minimal and make sense with the rest of humor and story.
     The cinematography by Barry Peterson (Central Intelligence; The Spy Who Dumped Me) is great despite being a comedy. There is a nice use of animation and scale models that help relate to board games. The car chases were not amazing but they get the job done and the chase scene within the house was a great use of camera movement that made the scene look really cool. Each scene transitions nicely, even the opening and ending credit shots.
     The film is not populated with A-list actors/actresses but the cast we are given have great chemistry with each other and deliver relatable performances. Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) is consistent as the leading man and he carries his part of the film with ease. Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) is constantly underrated. She's funny and she has great chemistry with Bateman that helps carries the film. Kyle Chandler (First Man and Godzilla: King of Monsters) is versatile and does a good job of playing the arrogant and troublesome brother, who has more problems then he lets on. Jessie Plemons (The Post)is perfect as Sheriff/Cop Gary, the creepy and almost unsettling ex-game night member who proves to have more up his sleeve then he lets on. Billy Magnusson (Into the Woods and The Big Short), Sharon Hogan (Catastrophe), Kylie Bunbury (Tut) and Lamorne Morris (New Girl) help round out the cast with some fun comedic performances.

     Overall, Game Night is a hilarious and fast-paced action film that is without a doubt one of the most original comedies I have seen. The humor was perfectly blended, the visuals transition nicely, and the cast was great with their respective roles. In fact, I enjoyed this way more than Tag or Blockers (both were funny but had a large amount of vulgarity, the latter more so, than I was expecting). Whether or not you like to laugh I suggest you go see it. Of course, keep in mind that this is Rated R so I do recommend seeing this with the kids unless the “kids” are of an appropriate age. I recommend this film.

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Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7.5 of 10 star
Worth Buying:  7.5 of 10 stars

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