Game Night

2018-03-01 17:17

What it's about:

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie’s (Rachel McAdams) weekly couples’ game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, 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? 

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 either the most fun they’ve ever had, or game over.

What the critics thought:

Delivers all the undemanding laughs you could wish, and has such a plot of such baroque intricacy that it even manages a few genuine shocks. - Helen O'Hara , Daily Telegraph (UK)

With its clever, whip-smart script and enthusiastic ensemble cast firing on all cylinders, crime comedy filmmakers Jonathan Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein score big with Game Night. - Amy West, Empire Magazine

Game Night is canny enough to go full-throttle with the absurd and not bother trying to do much with its meager dramatic and/or sentimental elements. - James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The back and forth between McAdams and Bateman is what makes Game Night sing (which is not to slight Horgan's dry wit or Magnussen's elegant idiocy or Morris' magnificent Denzel Washington impression). - Sam Adams, Slate

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