Dust off those old board games, get out your best marker for Pictionary and settle in for a night of fun. Or just take a trip to the movies to see the newest comedy, “Game Night.”
The film follows a group of friends who are staunch gamers. Each week the friends get together to test their Pictionary and trivia skills all in good fun.
But when Max’s (Jason Bateman) brother comes to visit, game night gets pretty interesting. This movie was full of laughs, even with some of the violence sprinkled in (Rated R). Bateman is great as the pseudo captain of the group, but noticeably becomes unhinged when his larger-than-life brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to visit and essentially hijacks his gaming crown.
Brooks introduces a new high-stakes game, but everyone is thrown for a loop when fantasy meets reality and what the group thinks is make believe is indeed real life. To step it up a notch, Brooks arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. Things get tricky when he’s kidnapped and the gamers are sent out on a wild goose chase full of enigmatic clues to find him. But is this real or part of a larger game plot?
My recommendation for watching this film? Possibly in a dine-in theater with a few drinks and plenty of laughs. Just leave the kids at home.