I’ve been a fan of Jason Bateman for many years. From Silver Spoons to Arrested Development, his comedic timing and gift for gab have always been a joy to watch. While his television career has been successful, Jason’s contributions to the big screen have been equally excellent and with Game Night, this is no exception.
Written by Mark Perez and Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Game Night is one of the better comedies I’ve seen in quite a while.
For anyone that has played board games, you’ll appreciate the familiar scenarios and competitive interactions between each character. The assembled cast of Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Lamorne Morris and Sharon Horgan all play their roles to perfection.
Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) are a couple obsessed with gaming and as such are joined by friends for a weekly game night. While gathering for their weekly game, Max learns that his highly successful older brother is in town and intent on joining their party. Max has always been jealous of his brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) and we soon see why. Brooks spares no moment to humiliate Max which creates hilarious scenes. After an un-eventful evening, Brooks proposes hosting the next game night which he promises will be unlike anything they’ve experienced before.
At their next gathering, Brooks announces to everyone participating they will observe a crime, and the first to solve it will win the keys to his prized Corvette. Of course this is where the movie jumps into high drama filled with funny, gut-busting scenes. Joining the comedic drama is Gary (Jesse Plemons) who is a Max and Annie’s creepy next door neighbor. Resembling a chubby Matt Damon, Jesse really brings an odd charm to Gary and adds another layer to the movie.
While Game Night may feel familiar, the script is fresh and the jokes don’t feel forced which is a big deal when trying to produce a comedy. I can’t remember the last time I laughed this much at the theater. Definitely check it out, you’ll really enjoy the game!
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game… right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had… or game over.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, and Michael C. Hall
Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
Written by Mark Perez