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Movie Review: Game Night

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Game Night is one expected to be one of the best and most thrilling movies of 2018. Produced by the famous Warner Bros. Pictures, the black comedy stares Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman, revolving around a group of competitive friends whose night takes a turn for the worse when their game night transforms into a real life game of cat and mouse with some criminals.

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Written by Mark Perez and directed by Johan Francis Delay and Jonathan Goldstein, co-writer of Horrible Bosses, the movie is a mix of absurdity and humor, going up to the edge of nastiness.

The movie does not waste even a second of dialogue, giving lines to every member of the cast that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Not only will it make you wish Rachel McAdams still made comedies but it will leave you wanting more.

McAdams and Bateman portray a spirited couple (Annie and Max) who never shy away from a competitive game. They are joined in their weekly game nights by their friends Ryan (Billy Magnussen), Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunberry). However, when Max’s annoyingly successful and attractive brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler) proposes a new kind of game night — a murder mystery party of a sorts — the events that transpire are ones even Brooks doesn’t see coming.

To reveal more would be a disservice to the movie that is filled to the brim with twists and turns and stellar performances from the cast.

Jesse Plemons’ turn as Gary, the weird cop next door, is phenomenally inspiring. But it’s Rachel McAdams’ Annie who steals the show. McAdams clearly hasn’t had this much fun on screen since her breakout role in Mean Girls, and in Game Night it’s clear that she still has what it takes to be one of the best actresses in comedy.

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Unlike most American comedies, Game Night isn’t filled with crass humor and corny one liners, instead the comedy is smart (think something along the lines of Mike Schur’s NBC sitcom The Good Place) and the writing in particular is sharp. What’s equally impressive is that the main cast are given memorable roles and arcs of their own while the pacing of the film is so fine that 1 hr 40 minutes passes in a blink of an eye. Equal parts comedic and witty, Game Night is the 2018 movie you do not want to miss.