Game Night movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Game Night may definitely be fun, twisty and messy, but it’s just an overrated, dumb and stupid comedy only meant for a few laughs. Despite some pretty good jokes and puzzle-like fun, this film is only worth one watch, the to be forgotten.


When a group of friends who get together for a game night participate in a murder mystery hosted by one of their brothers, they realise not everything may be as it seems and they may be involved in a real-life mystery.

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Movie details

Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Sharon Horgan, Jesse Plemons, Jonathan Goldstein
Writer: Mark Perez
Release Date (Australia): 22 February 2018
Runtime: 100 minutes/1h 40m
Genre: Comedy, Action, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains thematic material including murder and crime, which are occasionally staged, as well as comedic depictions of violence.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains comedic depictions of strong and sometimes simulated violence, including shootings that are accompanied by blood sprays and injury detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of words such as “f**k”, “s**t”, “d**k”, “ass”, “hell” and “damn”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains verbal references to drugs and drug dealing.

Sex (M)

The film contains crude verbal sex and masturbation references.

mpaa rating

R (for language, sexual references and some violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

In Game Night, you never know what’s real and what’s not. Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein craft a puzzle-themed comedy with plenty of comedic-natured that’s brought to life by a script written by Mark Perez, and it nearly promises to give people who liked the romantic action-comedy Date Night starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey a good time. There’s couples, there’s stupidity, but there’s only average kinds of fun.

There’s some very good jokes sprinkled throughout this comedy, both in a light-hearted fashion and darkly humorous scenes of strong violence. However, there’s a clear issue directly in the core of all the funny elements in this movie, which is probably the fact that the actors are the enthusiastic ones who deliver the spark. The screenplay is just funnily dumb and stupid, the direction doesn’t really mean anything and it’s a typical comedy; there isn’t meant to be a big message at the end.

Very similar to Date Night, if it weren’t for the careful cast selections featuring bright actors who are also having actual fun on the actual set and within the actual making of this movie, there’s just so many dull words you could use to describe the tone that would be left without them. Is it entertaining? Sort of. Is it stupid? Oh definitely. But is it fun? Hard to say. It depends on the audience and the mood.

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