February 23, 2018

R: February 23rd, 2018 | R: 100 minutes | R: R

Max (played by Jason Bateman) and Annie (played by Rachel McAdams) are a couple who are obsessed with games. The competitive couple host game nights every week with friends. But when Max’s self-obsessed brother Brooks (played by Kyle Chandler) comes to visit, he ups the ante by hosting a murder mystery night. It is complete with fake thugs and a fake detective. And everything is going great until Brooks is kidnaped. This leaves Max and Annie stuck to solve the mystery by themselves and finally beat Brooks in a game!

Game Night is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (who previously directed “Vacation” and will be directing the upcoming “Flashpoint” film in 2020). And just like 2015’s “Vacation” this movie was a waste of time comedy. I would have rather watched Jason Bateman (who previously starred in “Zootopia” and “Bad Words”) and Rachel McAdams (who previously starred in “The Notebook” and “The Vow”) play Monopoly for an hour and forty movies than watch this film. To start, the characters are incredibly annoying and unintelligent. There were multiple times where I was not sure how the characters were so unaware of everything going on. Especially Ryan (played by Billy Magnussen), his character was supposed to be like a stereotypical blonde, but in the film he was just a complete idiot.

And the jokes in this film were unbelievably unfunny. It was a drag listening to each one. Eventually it got to the point where I had to keep tally of the times I smirked…and only two times to be exacts. But, once the film finally begins to tie up, it keeps going, and going, and going… There are about five different endings that are played for laughs that will put the audience to sleep.

Don’t be deceived by the trailers, this film is a complete mess. The characters are the only jokes in this film. It is just a lousy waste of time. Save your money for “Deadpool 2” or some other actual decent comedy rather than wasting your money on this unfunny film.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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