Movie Review - Game Night (2018)
Jason Bateman (Juno and Hancock) stars as Max, a married man who lives with his wife Annie in a nice, suburban cul-de-sac. He meets and falls in love with Annie, played by Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers and Doctor Strange) at a trivia game. They continued bonding over weekly game nights with friends until they eventually got hitched. They continued having game nights at their house. However, the two have had trouble getting pregnant. Their doctor suggests Max's infertility is psychosomatic, stemming from issues with his brother.
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights and Bloodline) co-stars as Brooks Davis, the older brother of whom Max is jealous. Brooks is more handsome, more charming and more successful. When Brooks arrives in town, he has the fancy sports car, the Corvette Stingray, which Max always wanted, and he has the huge house, which Max also always wanted. Brooks is even better at trivia, or Brooks enjoys undermining and embarrassing Max to throw Max off his game, so that Brooks can appear to be better at trivia. Brooks sets up a game night at his house that involves role-playing and actors engaging in an interactive, puzzle-solving, scavenger hunt.
Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad) is the scene stealer and quite honestly the movie stealer. He plays Gary, the creepy cop who lives next door to Max and Annie. Gary wants to be invited to Max and Annie's house to participate in the games, but they keep not inviting him, given he's the ex-husband of their friend. He's just weird, as he constantly wears his police uniform, even off-duty, all while carrying his toy poodle everywhere. It's made even weirder by the fact that every line delivered from Gary is done in the most deadpan way possible.
Rated R for language, sexual references and some violence.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 40 mins.