THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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GAME NIGHT (2018)


One of the best films so far of this young year, Game Night is absolutely hilarious every step of the way while maintaining an intelligence not usually seen in these kinds of films, which usually will pander to a lower vulgar form of humor,  Not Game Night!  Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) are a married couple who met playing games and generally host a game night for their friends.  His brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) is back in town with a cherry-red Corvette convertible (Bateman’s all-time favorite car), a rented mansion and an offer to host game night.  So everyone heads for the mansion to start what will NOT be a typical game night.  Brooks has set up one of those murder mystery games to be solved – except in the middle of the setup real thugs break in to kidnap Brooks.  But everyone thinks it’s part of the game.  So while Brooks is fighting these thugs up and down the living room, everyone is admiring and eating the gourmet cheese!  After a bit, Max finally realizes it’s real when Annie shoots him in the arm with her “fake” gun.  Then everyone tries to track down Brooks and the Faberge egg the bad guys want in return for his safety.  This is extremely well written, everyone down to the one-line bit players get great lines to read, and everyone in the theater laughed their asses off.  McAdams shows off all kinds of comedic talent we didn’t know she had, the entire cast is game and all hail Jesse Plemons, who seems to be everywhere right now.  He’s the cop who lives next door who was a staple at game night with his wife – until his wife divorced him.  Now – he’s a little weird and no one wants him over.  His deadpan deliveries are absolutely perfect.  Credit this ensemble plus write Mark Perez for delivering – and executing – a perfect script.  And directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.  And don’t you DARE leave the theater until the closing credits are over!


TLA one word review: hilarious

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