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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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The Internship (2013)


The Internship Poster

The Internship (2013)

 

The Internship pairs Vince Vaughn with Owen Wilson again for the first time since Wedding Crashers (2005).  Why is this relevant?  It is relevant because Wedding Crashers grossed over $285,000,000 worldwide and was a huge success and a hilarious movie.  Filmmakers hoped that Vaughn and Wilson together again in the same film would help them to repeat their previous success.  It has already been 8 years since the release of Wedding Crashers.

I think that a movie like The Internship would have been a much bigger hit if it had been made 5 or 6 years ago when the main characters were still in their prime.  As it turns out, The Internship lost money.

My gut feeling before watching this movie was that it was going to be a big disappointment.  It looked funny, but not very.

The Internship Wilson Vaughn Computer

The film is a comedy about two best friends (Vaughn and Wilson) who lose their jobs as salesman.  They manage to get internship positions at Google, but they are forced to compete against younger, much more qualified computer nerds for a chance at employment.

The movie was written by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern and directed by Shawn Levy.  The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, John Goodman, Josh Gad, Rob Riggle, Will Ferrell, B.J. Novak, Gary Anthony Williams, and Tiya Sircar.

The Intership Wilson Vaughn Hats

Vaughn and Wilson showed a similar comedic chemistry to what they had in Wedding Crashers, except that they were not as funny as they could have been.

I think that the PG-13 rating was what ruined this movie.  Wilson and Vaughn do better in movies where they are allowed to get away with more craziness and crudeness.  Vaughn is fast-talking and witty and he is a lot funnier and thrives when his dialogue is not limited.  Wilson responds to Vaughn’s wittiness with his own charm, but if Vaughn is not allowed to be funny then it makes their banter incomplete.  The filmmakers tried too hard to reach a wider audience with the PG-13 rating, but ultimately this sacrificed too many laughs and the result was bone dry humor.

The movie is very formulaic.  It is very predictable.  It’s funny, but mostly stupid funny.  Some of the dialogue is clever, but some is also pretty cheesy.  Sometimes it’s wholesome and sometimes it’s cheap.  The Internship is entertaining enough as long as your expectations aren’t too high.

The Intership Wilson Vaughn Fist Bump

The film was a cross between Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and Old School (2003) without the raunchiness and the big laughs.  It’s a good time that you don’t have to think about too much.  For Vaughn and Wilson, this movie is a step down and a step back from the comedies that we are used to seeing them in.

I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Trailer for The Internship (2013)


The Internship cover

The Internship (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)

 

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are teamed up again for the first time since Wedding Crashers (2005).  If The Internship is anything like Wedding Crashers, then we are definitely in for a show.  I think that the filmmakers are counting on audiences to think the same thing.

The movie looks like it might be good for a few laughs, but I just have a gut feeling that audiences are going to be disappointed.  It looks funny, but not very.

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play two friends who lose their jobs and manage to get internship positions at Google in hopes of eventually getting a job with Google.

I’m a big fan of the comedy duo, but they probably should have tried to make a movie like this together 5 or 6 years ago when they were still more in their prime.

Either way, the film is basically guaranteed to make a lot of money, at least in the first few weeks after it is released.

Yeah, I’ll probably see it and hopefully I’m wrong about my gut feeling.  What are your thoughts?

The Movie is directed by Shawn Levy and some recognizable supporting cast includes John Goodman, Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, Max Minghella, and Aasif Mandvi.

The movie is set to release on 6/7/13.