Release Date: February 23, 2018
In Game Night a group of friends find their weekly game night turned upside down when one of them is kidnapped. The friends band together and do everything they can to save him despite being incredibly unequipped suburban yuppies and everything that could go wrong goes wrong.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. I had seen a trailer months ago and knew it had a few people I liked such as Jason Bateman, but that was about it. R-rated comedies haven’t been exactly stellar recently either. Despite me just saying I didn’t know what to expect, it wasn’t what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. This movie was very good and, in my opinion, ranks up there with other great R-rated comedies of the past 20 years. I’m not saying it is the best as I think The Hangover will hold that title for a while (likely until it is over 20 years old and no longer qualifies for best in the past 20 years).
I can’t rave enough at how well Jesse Plemons does in his role. His role isn’t large, but it is one of the highlights of the film and he steals every scene he is in. Jason Bateman essentially plays a standard Jason Bateman role, but it fits nicely here, and I didn’t mind that I had seen this same character several times before. Rachal McAdams and the other supporting actors do a great job as well and each of them have their own great moment throughout the movie. I think it should be noted that for these characters to be played well they needed to be written well and the writer, Mark Perez, did a great job of creating a very diverse cast of characters where each of them is fleshed out well for a comedy. I was glad to see that since most of his other stuff is pretty bad. I mean this is the guy who wrote The Country Bears, Frank McKlusky, C.I., and Herbie Loaded. I did like Accepted, but that was 12 years ago. He has redeemed himself with Game Night and likely earned himself a few more jobs.
Game Night is a very fun, well-paced, film that delivers far more than expected.
Rewatchability: Medium to high