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Game Night (2018)


Game Night (2018)

If you are a fan of games like I am, then this movie probably looks like fun to you.  The concept of diving into the unknown and stirring up your plain everyday life sounds great, doesn’t it?  Of course it does.  That is why I had to check this movie out.  Because, it is about exactly that.  It is about a game night filled with endless possibilities, mystery, and excitement.  Also, the trailer for the film is pretty funny and I wanted to see more.  The next best thing to playing a game is being a spectator.

This movie is a comedy about a group of friends that get together for a regular game night.  Their most recent game night gets a huge upgrade when one of the friends surprises the others with a real life puzzle.  One of them will be kidnapped and it is up to everyone else to find that person by following the clues left behind.

The film is written by Mark Perez and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.  The noteworthy cast includes Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Michael C. Hall, Jeffrey Wright, Danny Huston, and Chelsea Peretti.

There have been a lot of comedies in recent history that have fallen flat.  The humor often is just not there or it is not consistent enough to warrant the genre of a Comedy.  Game Night is not one of those movies.  It is all kinds of funny.  It takes a little while to get going, but then it does not stop.

This film feels like a fun game.  The title is fitting, but for a couple of reasons.  The obvious reason is that it is about a game night, but more importantly the movie itself actually feels like a game night.  It is a great movie to see in the company of others (as comedies often are).  See this movie on movie night and it will feel just like a game night.  All the ingredients are there.  The excitement, the fun, the laughs, and the good time are all a part of it.  Buy some snacks at the concessions and you got yourself some good old-fashioned entertainment.

There is a comfortable assortment of humor in this movie; witty, dark, sarcastic, situational, and stupid.  It is a tasteful variety that is sure to make anyone laugh.

The film had a bit of a The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) feel to it.  The characters think something is fake when it is actually real and hilarity ensues.

I felt like the cast all did a superb job in their roles.  The casting department compiled an enjoyable bunch of characters.

Bateman continues to prove his versatility between comedy and drama.  Not a lot of actors are capable of drama and humor at the same level.  Jason nails it!

McAdams, who is not known for her comedy, manages to pull it off because there is also just the right amount of drama in this film.

Chandler keeps up the trend of being always likable no matter what part he is playing in an acting role.

Michael C. Hall had a great cameo performance.  I think it worked well in this film because of his excellent history as the phenomenal Dexter in the well-known Dexter (2006) TV series.

Plemons continues to prove himself as a solid actor every time that I see him in a movie (which has been a lot lately).  In this one, he hysterically steals the show.

If you are looking for an exciting comedy, Game Night is totally worth it!

I rate this movie an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

The Hangover (2009)

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Wedding Crashers (2005)

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Trailer for Bad Words (2013)


Bad Words Poster

Bad Words (2013)

 

Almost always funny man Jason Bateman is at it again.  This time, he doesn’t only star in this new film, but he also makes his feature film directorial debut.  He has had some directing experience with TV shows, but Bad Words is the first movie that he has directed.

The film is a comedy about a kid who loses a spelling bee.  When he grows up and becomes a man, he (Jason Bateman) finds a flaw in the system and enters the spelling bee as an adult in order to try to win.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Rachael Harris, Ben Falcone, Judith Hoag, Philip Baker Hall, and Beth Grant.

As the title suggests, I think we’re in for some foul-mouthed humor which Bateman is becoming known for.  The movie will probably be pretty funny.

Bad Words is set to release on 03/28/14.

Identity Thief (2013)


identity thief poster

Identity Thief (2013)

I cannot begin to comprehend how frustrating it would be if somebody stole my identity, my money, ruined my credit, and straight up destroyed my good name.  I cannot fathom how angry and upset I would be.  Besides wanting to physically hurt that person, I would probably want to do anything and everything in my power to get my identity back and my life back to normal.

Identity Thief McCarthy

Identity Thief is about an upstanding citizen and hardworking father named Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) who gets his identity stolen by a woman (Melissa McCarthy).  She systematically destroys his life while running around town having fun on his dime.  In order to try to fix the harm that she has caused, Sandy decides to travel across the country to track her down and bring her to justice; a task that proves much more difficult than he anticipated.

Identity Thief Bateman McCarthy

The movie was directed by Seth Gordon and written by Craig Mazin and Jerry Eeten.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Robert Patrick, John Cho, Jonathan Banks, Genesis Rodriguez, and T.I.

I thought that this film was going to be funnier.  Don’t get me wrong, it had its moments of hilarity, but it just wasn’t as funny as it looked.  However, it is still above average and funnier than a lot of comedies out there these days.

Identity Thief

A number of events in the movie were a little too convenient and predictable.  Given that it is in fact a movie, some of that is to be expected.  However, when convenient things happen too often in movies, it tends to take away from the suspension of disbelief.  When things are less believable, they are also less enjoyable.  Identity Thief seemed to try a little bit too hard at times and as a result, the film was not as humorous as it otherwise could have been.

Bateman and McCarthy played their characters perfectly.  He was a decent, easy going, stand up guy.  She pulled off being not nearly as innocent as she looked.  The two contrasted very well and the end result was a good amount of uncontrollable laughter.

Identity Thief Bateman Chasing McCarthy

Peet seemed to simply show up for the money.  Her role was not major, but it seemed like she just read her lines without much effort at all.

At times the humor fell short, but I fault the writers for this.  A couple of raunchy scenes were way over-the-top and seemed unnecessary.  It felt like they were part of the movie simply for the shock value.  Instead of those scenes being shocking or funny, they just came off as being cheap and stupid.

Identity Thief Bateman

Overall Identity Thief is worth seeing and good for a number of laughs.

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

If you enjoyed Identity Thief, then you will probably like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Due Date (2010) even better.