“GAME NIGHT” – 3 OUT OF 10
This is the best bad movie in a long time. I mean BAD, really BAD. Matter of fact, it was so bad, I couldn’t stop watching. Normally we walk out of really stupid movies, but this one had so many goofs and screw-ups, we stayed glued to the screen just to see what would happen next from the “stupid” list.
Basically, the story is a spoof on adults getting together in a fun setting to play trivia games and then a “detective” game where everyone is a victim or investigative team. Then, the “crimes” come to life, though the dum-dums in the cast are too “dumb” to realize it, and think death and mayhem is all part of a comedy act. Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman play a married couple hosting the big night which bring in four other game players, plus a key character who plays Bateman’s brother. The on-line synopsis goes like this:
Max and Annie’s weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks arranges murder mystery party — complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.
There were so many ridiculous scenes in this picture, it was hard to walk out, if nothing else but to see how much dumber it would get. The array of implausibles, no…impossibilities…saturated every scene. All that was missing were the Three Stooges, or yet, the cast of Dumb and Dumber. It was an exercise in moans and groans, not from the screen, but the audience.
Despite the idiocy, I must admit the movie was entertaining and funny enough to stay, though I caught myself groaning from all the absurdities that made no sense.
Rachel McAdams is beautiful as always…
Beware, foul language prevails, though no sex scenes. Violence yes, if you consider violence that’s poorly and scripted.
To be clear, I do not recommend this movie. View at your own risk, and never tell anyone it was my review that encouraged you to see it. Not Guilty!