Game Night

By Jackie Raphael

4 stars

If you want to laugh almost non-stop for 100 minutes, then Game Night is for you. The ridiculous but hilarious plot focuses on a group of friends who decide to mix up their usual game night ritual by having actors create an FBI themed scavenger hunt. The characters do not know what is real, which leads them into a great deal of trouble.

There is a long list of well-known actors, who create this fantastic cast. Leading them is the always straight-faced comedian Jason Bateman who plays Max, the main host of the games nights. He has a particularly memorable scene with a dog involving blood. The talented Rachel McAdams plays his wife Annie and has an especially funny scene containing a gun, dancing and yoga. The charming Kyle Chandler plays Max’s successful brother Brooks, who seems too cool to be true. Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Sharon Horgan and Lamorne Morris are also brilliant as the group of friends. They each have their own sub-plots, which are amusing but writer Mark Perez could have developed them slightly further. There were a couple of gags that dragged on but the film also poked fun at itself. If you like films such as Date Night and Horrible Bosses (the latter being written by the directors of this film – John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) you will probably enjoy Game Night.