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‘Game Night’ is fun, if you suspend your disbelief

June 15, 2018

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Game Night” which is rated R and available on DVD.

In “Game Night/′ Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie Davis, who like to host a fun evening for their friends on a regular basis. Their event is a casual one with snacks and everyone enjoying the chance to visit while playing games.

When Max’s super competitive brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) decides to host a game night at his mansion, he promises a special evening and offers an expensive automobile as a prize for the winner. Brooks tells the participants that someone is going to be abducted from the party and everyone else will have to search for clues. Whoever finds the abducted party first wins the prize.

When Brooks is attacked and abducted in front of the others, everyone thinks the incident is part of game night. When someone shows up later from the company hired by Brooks as part of the game night abduction, then every-one thinks the kidnapping was real.

“Game Night” shows regular people participating in illegal and sometimes outrageous behavior as they try to find and save Brooks. There are many plot twists in “Game Night” and at one point I felt there was one twist too many until the film managed to pull my interest back in again.

Other participants in game night include Billy Magnussen as Ryan, Lamorne Morris as Kevin, Kylie Bunbury as Michelle, Sharon Horgan as Sarah and Jesse Plemons as Gary.

Gary is a police officer and neighbor to Max and Annie, and the game night group tries to avoid inviting him. Yet, during their efforts to save Brooks, they bring game night to Gary’s house to try to use his police computer with gross results.

With an interesting premise, “Game Night” has its share of comedy and action, but really requires the viewer to suspend disbelief to follow its storyline.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.