The upcoming ensemble comedy, Game Night, looks like it could – on the spectrum of Jason Bateman comedies – go either way. The question is: will Game Night be the next Horrible Bosses, or is it just another Office Christmas Party? When the first trailer dropped a couple months back, I was thinking that, despite the impressive cast and premise, it would lean far more towards the latter. With this new trailer, I’m still not convinced that Game Night is going to be a Horrible Bosses-level success, but we might be looking at something in the realm of The Change-Up, so, it could be worse!
According to an official synopsis of the film:
Max and Annie’s weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party — complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.
The new trailer focuses on the relationship between Bateman’s Max and Rachel McAdams’ Annie, a naturally competitive couple who revel in the spirit of competition. The chemistry between the two stars is palpable, even in this trailer, and might actually make the movie worth watching. My only fear is that the excellent ensemble cast they’ve assembled will go to waste. Between Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, and Catastrophe‘s Sharon Horgan, Game Night has a lot to pack into its 93-minute runtime.
Game Nights hits theaters on February 23rd!
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