Game Night

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"This is not a game."
  • R
  • 2018
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.9  (254,426)
  • 66

Game Night is a 2018 comedy-mystery film directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The movie follows a group of friends, Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams), who regularly host game nights with other couples. However, their routine game night takes a turn when Max’s brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), introduces a realistic murder mystery game. As the game progresses, the participants quickly realize that the stakes are much higher than they thought, and they get entangled in a real-life crime world.

The movie opens with a flashback of a young Max, who loves games but is always overshadowed by his older brother, Brooks, displaying his superior intellect and his prodigious ability to win almost any game he plays. The scene then jumps to the present, where Max has moved on from his childhood rivalry with Brooks and is married to Annie, who shares his love for games.

Max and Annie, who have been trying to conceive a child for a while, are now feeling down about their attempts, and hosting game nights with their friends is one way of forgetting about their problems. The night begins with the arrival of the other couples, Ryan (Billy Magnussen) and Sarah (Sharon Horgan), and Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), the couples with whom they regularly organize game nights.

Brooks unexpectedly shows up and offers to host a murder mystery game at his mansion for the following game night. Brooks's game includes fake thugs and fake FBI agents, but when he is kidnapped at the beginning of the game, the friends realize that this is not part of the game. The group sets out to solve the mystery, with each step leading to more danger and excitement.

As the night progresses, the lines between the game and reality become blurry, and the characters find themselves in increasingly bizarre and dangerous situations. As the group tries to solve the mystery, it becomes evident that they are in over their heads and that the stakes are higher than they thought. The situation becomes even more complicated when they discover that Brooks has been involved in some shady business and is being chased by dangerous criminals.

The film relies on the chemistry between the actors, who all deliver great performances, with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams leading the way. Their comedic timing is perfect, and their banter is amusing, making them an enjoyable pair to watch. Kyle Chandler, who typically plays serious roles, is impressive as the mysterious and shady Brooks. The supporting cast, particularly Billy Magnussen as the dimwitted Ryan, is equally delightful.

Game Night is a fast-paced, enjoyable movie that manages to maintain a sense of mystery and suspense while incorporating humor at just the right moments. It pays homage to classic mystery movies without becoming too heavy-handed or self-important. At the heart of the movie is a story about the dynamics of friendship, loyalty, and love, and how games can bring people together and provide an escape from reality.

One of the best things about the film is its unpredictable and entertaining plot. The script is full of surprises and twists that keep the audience engaged and guessing until the end. The humor in the film is also a standout, with witty dialogue and clever puns, making it enjoyable for both comedy and mystery fans.

In conclusion, Game Night is a hilarious and thrilling ride that keeps you guessing until the very end. It is one of those movies that you can watch over and over again and never get tired of. The chemistry between the actors is phenomenal, and the storyline is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The movie is a must-watch for anyone who loves a good mystery with a healthy dose of humor.

Game Night is a 2018 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 66.

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    1 hr 40 min
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    6.9  (254,426)
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