It’s only a game…or is it?
DVD: Game Night
Runtime: 100 minutes
Age restriction: Not fun for the whole family. Ages 16 and up for language and violence.
Special Features: An unforgettable evening: Making Game Night.
Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge
Review made possible by: Empire Entertainment
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
At least this is not the objective for a group of friends in the dark comedy Game Night.
For them, the stakes are much higher… especially if they lose.
Every weekend, Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) host a games evening at their house for their friends, Kevin (Lamorne Morris), Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), Ryan (Billy Magnussen) and whichever blonde bimbo he has picked up for the evening.
However, when Brooks (Kyle Chandler), Max’s highly successful, live-life-on-the-edge brother, shows up, the rules of the game change.
Insisting on throwing the ultimate games night at his pad, Brooks takes the murder mystery concept up a notch…
So when armed thugs burst through the door and kidnap Brooks, it’s only a game, right?
At least that is what the other players think.
Using clues from the scene of the crime, Max, Annie, Kevin, Michelle, Ryan and his intelligent British date for the evening, Sarah (Sharon Horgan), try to figure out who has taken Brooks and why.
Unfortunately, when Max is shot and the fake kidnappers arrive, the friends realise that the night’s entertainment is no longer all fun and games.
Playing by a completely new set of rules, and using information obtained from Max and Annie’s humourless neighbour, Gary (Jesse Plemons), the group decides not to involve the police and try to solve the mystery themselves.
Loaded with dark humour, several plot twists and plenty of references to other classic films (such as Pulp Fiction and Night of the Living Dead), Game Night has a clever script and features a good cast. While Jason Bateman films are often hit-or-miss, this hilarious dark comedy is certainly a winner.
Game Night is now available on DVD.