Married couple Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are very competitive people. In fact, their competitiveness is what resulted in their meeting, and life’s been going uphill ever since. But Max is suffering from an abnormal amount of stress in his life, and this stress can be traced all the way back to a childhood of living in his older brother Brooks’ (Kyle Chandler) shadow. So when Brooks comes into town, Max and Annie’s weekly game night is taken up a notch. Brooks enlists the help of a company who help stage a murder mystery involving one of the players. Unfortunately for them, this murder mystery is overrun by… well… an actual murder mystery.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams share great comedic chemistry, going back and forth with each other non-stop throughout. You really buy into their relationship as a couple and, oddly enough, care for their personal narratives. There’s a significant sub-plot involving their desires to have a baby and, while predictable, it’s undeniably sweet. But the entire cast is absolutely hysterical here, with, shockingly enough, Jesse Plemons stealing the show. Plemons is quickly becoming one of my favourite young actors, and he’s been on an absolute winning streak as of late with this, The Post, Black Mirror, American Made, Fargo and more. We need more movies with Jesse Plemons ominously stroking dogs.
Once we do get to the third act, things become a little convoluted. Screenwriter Mark Perez throws an abundance of twists at you all in the span of about twenty minutes, and not all of them add up. Most of them are predictable, some of them you predict then completely forget about until they actually happen, and some of them just don’t make any sense. Logic isn’t something you’ll find in Game Night, but fun certainly is. It’s a film you’re better off not over-analysing. The jokes are amazing, these actors even more so, but it all comes falling apart when you look for consistency.
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