If, like me, you’re into board games, you might be pretty excited about this film. A comedy based around a game night among friends? Set your expectations aside. This is game night American style, yo. Forget Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations After Dark, or Jackbox with the Family Filter firmly off. They love their Pictionary, their Charades, and, of course, their murder mysteries.
That’s the set-up for this film. The show-off brother decides to put on a murder mystery night, along with paid actors and everything, to wow his friends. But things don’t quite go according to plan when the people breaking in turn out to be taking things rather seriously.
Thinking about it now, this would actually be a pretty cool premise for a straight-bat horror. But the comedy version goes swimmingly. Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Lamorne Morris all get to show off their finely-honed comedy chops. Kyle Chandler also held his own in that respect, in a departure from his usual more serious roles, as did his fellow Friday Night Lights alumnus Jesse Plemons.
McAdams and Bateman make a good central duo, with Bateman tending to be the straight man to McAdams’ comic. Ultimately, however, the best lines probably belong to Ireland’s very Karen Hogan, star of Catastrophe over here in the UK.
There are actually a few decent twists and turns throughout the movie. This style of film can sometimes end up dragging towards the end as they try to tie it all together, but I was enjoying it solidly throughout. It was really well paced, and a few decent cameos were the icing on the cake.
It won’t exactly be comedy of the year, but nevertheless, it’s a highly enjoyable romp that does what it sets out to do.
🥄🥄🥄🥄 of five spoons.