|Directed by||:||John Francis Daley||Produced by||:||John Davis, Jason Bateman||Written by||:||Mark Perez||Starring||:||Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons||Music by||:||Cliff Martinez||Cinematography||:||Barry Peterson||Production company||:||Davis Entertainment|
Game Night Leaves Audiences in Confusion
Have you ever seen one of those movies that is so stupid that it’s actually good? I would say that that is probably the most accurate way to describe Game Night. It was really a whirlwind. I laughed, I was scared and I was definitely confused. I’m pretty sure I even said, “wait, what?” out loud a couple of times.
The movie starts with a bar scene where two overly competitive 20-somethings, Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams), fall in love (never before seen plotline, right?). Flash forward and the couple is hosting one of their weekly game nights. As per usual, the couple has to avoid their awkward, slightly off-putting, police officer neighbor who always wants to participate in game night. This game night is special, however, because Max’s more successful, better-looking brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), is in town and plans to attend. The night goes on as a usual game night would (some charades, the typical rivalries and, of course, some embarrassing sibling stories) and at the end of the night, Brooks asked if he could host game night at his place the following week.
The crew agrees and a week later are all together again, this time drinking some champagne and listening to the new rules of game night. Brooks tells the group that someone will be kidnapped and that the first team to solve the mystery will win a red Sting Ray car. Eventually, Brooks himself is kidnapped and the game begins. However, the group shortly realizes that this is not just a game and that the kidnapping was, in fact, reality. Before you know it, the whole night turns from fun to frightening and you have no idea what is real and what is staged.