Every year, there are a handful of comedies that just pile together a bunch of your favorite people, throw in some shenanigans, add some hit songs, and call it a movie. Jason Bateman always wiggles his way in there somehow. Last year, it was Office Christmas Party. Now, we’re getting Game Night, set for release in March of 2018. Starring Bateman and Rachel McAdams – alongside Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury, Lamorne Morris, and Chelsea Peretti – the film follows a group of friends who think their friend’s kidnapping is part of an elaborate game night setup.
Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (who wrote a draft of Spider-Man: Homecoming and directed Ed Helms in 2015’s Vacation), the script comes from Mark Perez (Accepted) and assembles what is sure to be one of the year’s best casts. Sharon Horgan is incredible on Amazon’s Catastrophe, Billy Magnussen has been stealing scenes in Netflix originals like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Friends From College, and it’s always great to see Kyle Chandler doing anything.
Does this look like a “good” movie? Not really, no. But does it look fun, hilarious, stupid, and mind-numbing? Absolutely. There’s a bit at the end of the trailer with a chew toy that makes me crack up every time I see it, so if the movie is even half as funny as that one moment, we’re in good shape. Plus, I love movies where affluent, suburban people get caught up in criminal underworlds. It’s overdone, but I’ll never stop watching them. Also, it would help the movie a lot if there was a legitimately good mystery at the center of it all. So often, comedy mystery movies only live up to one part of that title, usually the former, and usually not very well. Game Night, with all the talent behind it, has the potential to do it differently.
Check out the trailer and be sure to see Game Night on March 2nd, 2018.
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