Jason Bateman is certainly a true Hollywood success story. From a popular child actor to one of the most successful comedy actors working today with hit movies like Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, The Gift and Office Christmas Party and TV shows like Arrested Development and the recent and amazing Ozark. Bateman’s unique sense of dry humor and brilliant comedic timing is on full display in his new film, Game Night, which is on shelves now.
Bateman and Rachel McAdams play Max and Annie, a married couple who are both incredible competitive, especially on their regular game nights with friends. When Max’s seemingly more successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) shows up and offers a new kind of game, a murder mystery night, at his huge new house, things quickly spiral out of control as Brooks actual past shows up to haunt him and throws the group into a real game of cat and mouse as they try to rescue Brooks from very real criminals.
Game Night ranks high on Bateman’s comedies for me thanks to an outrageous story, amazing cast and plentiful laughs. Directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, the team behind the hilarious last Vacation movie with Ed Helms, Game Night is a fast paced romp/chase movie with some pretty inventive twists and turns and some killer laughs the whole way. Rachel McAdams is brilliantly funny as Annie and the rest of their game night party, especially Kyle Chandler as Max’s loser brother, are all excellent. Jesse Plemons is another scene stealer here (as he always is) as their very strange police officer neighbor Gary. There are also some great cameo’s in there for good measure. One of the directors by the way, John Francis Daley, may be a little familiar in front of the camera as well. He played the lead character of Sam Weir in Paul Feig’s cult TV show Freaks and Geeks. So he definitely knows his comedy. Game Night is a comedy keeper worth multiple movie nights with friends. Highly recommended.