Game Night [2018] ★★½

Who doesn’t love game night? Now we finally have a raunchy comedy that takes everything we know about game night and makes it even better. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams work well together as a couple who are good at almost every game. That is until Bateman’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) “arranges” a murder mystery night complete with clues, suspense and mayhem. But what if it’s real? The movie has just enough twists and turns to keep you glued to your seat, just enough raunchiness to make you laugh, and just the right camaraderie among its characters, which turns out to be the key ingredient, especially when things don’t always make sense. Jesse Plemons has a hilarious role as the cop next door, but the less you know about his character the better. Suffices to say: he will make you laugh. Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (who also wrote the hilarious “Horrible Bosses”) maintain a good balance between comedy and suspense. The end result may not be exceptional, but “Game Night” is diverting and fun to watch, which is all one could ask of a mainstream Hollywood comedy.

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