Film review: Game Night


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Fresh from an acclaimed dramatic performance in Netflix’s Ozark, Jason Bateman is back in familiar action-comedy territory alongside Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams in Game Night, the latest from the people behind Horrible Bosses (also starring Bateman).

They are Max and Annie who have a weekly couples’ game night. It’s all very tame until Max’s brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents.

During the game, Brooks gets kidnapped and the plot thickens… Is it all part of the game, or is something not quite right? The players have a roller coaster night trying to work it all out.

The ensemble cast has plenty of pedigree. The other players in tow include Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), and Billy Magnussen (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and as they work their way through a night of twists and turns, trying to unravel if the game is real or not, there seem to be plenty of laughs and confusion along the way.

We can’t help thinking of David Fincher’s 1997 classic The Game when watching the trailer, albeit, this version is played for laughs. If it’s anywhere near as good as that Michael Douglas movie, we’ll be more than happy.

The bottom line
Looks like a perfect date night movie.

By Paul Clifford
Time Out Doha,

Game Night

  • Duration: 100
  • Released: Thu, 22 Feb
  • Language: English
  • Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
  • Stars: Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Jason Bateman

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