Game Night (2018)

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein direct Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Jesse Plemmons in this crime comedy where competitive couples find their evening of mystery roleplay unwittingly taken over by a real kidnapping.

A really tight comedy… better than expected. Like the not massively dissimilar Tag, this suffers slightly from the writers caring about the characters “growing” but less time is wasted on such arcs here. More larks than arcs… yay. Bateman and McAdams aren’t the most easily likeable leads (one is a Mean Girl and always will be) but both work to their strengths. Their smugness and self involvement is contrasted nicely with Jesse Plemmons creepily dead eyed neighbour. He, some good cameos and the recklessly sharp dialogue meant that even though I watched this with my earphones on and my wife asleep next to me, I had to suppress a fair few audible laughs.

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