JASON BATEMAN AND RACHEL MCADAMS are in it to win it in a wickedly funny comedy
WHIPPING TOGETHER LAUGHS and thrills in ample measure, this immensely entertaining action comedy stars Jason Bateman and Rachel Mcadams as Max and Annie, a suburban married couple whose weekly game night with their competitive pals gets alarmingly out of hand after Max’s annoyingly cool older brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) becomes involved.
On the evenings when Max and Annie get together with their chums, including fellow married couple Kevin and Michelle (Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunbury), and enthusiastic dimwit Ryan (Billy Magnussen), the games in question tend to be of the Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary and Scrabble variety.
However, when the rich and flashy, Corvette sports-car-driving Brooks invites the gang over to his rented luxury home, he raises the stakes – much to Max’s chagrin.
Brooks has really gone to town, hiring a company to stage a mystery night complete with a bogus kidnapping and a trail of clues to solve. Yet as the night unfolds it quickly becomes hard to tell what is fake and what is perilously real.
Game Night benefits from a cunningly intricate plot, nimble action and a witty script, but as events spiral dangerously for the friends it is the performances that make the film so much fun.
Bateman and Mcadams are engaging leads, and they receive enjoyable support from Magnussen and Sharon Horgan (as his work colleague-cum-date), and from the likes of Danny Huston and Michael C Hall (as a couple of the baddies the friends encounter).
Best of all, though, is Jesse
Plemons as the awkward next-door neighbour Gary, a lovelorn divorced cop whose desperation to join the players proves both creepily hilarious and oddly touching. 2018, 15, 100min
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