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- Apr 4, 2017
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I’ve rapidly become a huge fan of Jason Bateman over the last decade, and have begun to take him much more seriously than his goofy origins gave him credit for (his feature film debut was as the main character in Teen Wolf Too), and Horrible Bosses is probably the pinnacle of his comedy career (at least in my esteem). Game Night gave me tepid feelings when I watched the preview last summer, so by the time the movie came out in theaters I really wasn’t that enthused to go see it. However, I have a movie buddy that MUST watch every movie that comes into a theater, and while he was having an exceptionally bored weekend, he offered to pay for my ticket. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I agreed and ended up having a blast with the lighthearted comedy. There’s not a whole lot of depth to Game Night, but it takes a good premise, a solid cast, and just has FUN with the concept. No worries, no trying to be something its not, and just goofing around on camera.
Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are a married couple with a competitive streak a mile wide. Being rabid game aficionados (group games like board games, not video gamers), the two have garnered a whole friends list of people who love to hang out and have game nights, and everyone is in sync with each other. However, things change when Max’s charismatic brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to town and stirs things up with a game night of his own. He plans to outshine his younger brother Max (as usual) with a game night the gang is NEVER going to forget. He’s hired an outside agency to come in and stage a kidnapping, complete with faux FBI agents, kidnappers, and all the clues that the gang needs to solve the mystery.
Everything goes off exactly as planned. The kidnappers break in, rough up Chandler a bit, and leave the guests with an exciting night of adventure, right? Wrong. It seems that Chandler is not the upstanding businessman he makes himself out to be, and the kidnappers are REAL. Only thing is, Max, Annie and their friends have NO IDEA that they’re actually tying to really rescue Max’s brother, and that they’re in a lot more danger than they think they are. Wrap in a creepy next door neighbor (the guy that used to come to game night but no one wants to invite anymore), an arms dealer named “The Bulgarian” (Played by Dexter himself), a Faberge egg worth someone’s life, and a bevy of friends with various degrees of dysfunction and you have a hilarious ride that just works.
Bateman and McAdams work so well together as the ridiculously competitive couple. They both are sweet and endearing, but so woefully in over their heads during the film that you can’t help but love them. The rest of the cast is rather cliched, but also brings enough fun to the table to garner laughs. Jesse Plemons as the creepy cop neighbor that no one wants to hangout with is just spot on. He has that kind of William Shatneresque voice, mixed with just the right amount of odd to be both creepy and hilarious at the same time. Billy Magnussen as the dumb friend that everyone pities is one of the highlights, and the film even employs a couple of small cameos (Danny Huston, Michael C. Hall and Jeffrey Wright) that really steal the scenes they’re in as well. While the movie is not 100% perfect, the infectious cast and solid writing make it a highly enjoyable fluff comedy that I enjoyed watching both in theaters as well as on home video.
Rated R for language, sexual references and some violence
• Gag Reel
Game Night isn’t going to be hailed as the single greatest comedy of all time, and it isn’t going to match the pure awesome that was Horrible Bosses (Jason Bateman’s best comedic outing yet), but it is a very light and fluffy comedy that garners more laughs than I initially expected. The humor is witty and charming, and the actors have fun with the concept of a game night gone wrong. Bateman dominates the screen as he usually does, but the adorable Rachel McAdams acts as a fantastic compatriot to his sardonic wit. The Blu-ray from Warner Brothers is well done in all aspects (except for a noticeable lack of extras) and I give it a solid thumbs up as a mindless comedy that requires very little effort to enjoy. Recommended as a fun watch.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Written by: Mark Perez
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Spanish, English DVS DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 100 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: Own Game Night on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on May 22, or Own It Now on Digital!
Recommendation: Fun Watch