“Game Night” is usually a conventional and conventionally vulgar, modern romantic comedy with lessons. The central pair Max and Annie, played by Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, is eager to Brettspiel- and Trivialiebhaber who are stuck in the fertility department. They have problems with the conception because Max’s semen is uncertain according to his doctor. It probably has something to do with Max’s inferiority from his older brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler), an alleged Hotshot who decides one night to improve Max and Annie’s weekly couples game at night by setting up a kidnapping mystery.
Only kidnapping is real or it seems like that. The weapon that Brooks left behind is very real and charged, while Max learns when one of his rounds goes through his arm. It is in such places when the film becomes less conventional, even though it never occurs. The dialogue relies so heavily on pop culture references that you have to wonder whether screenwriter of the film, Mark Perez, is so insecure his creation Max.
Drivers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who was behind the repulsive film “Vacation” (2015), shows a relative reticence here, but a nice little dog gets his immaculate white, bloody coat. And all athletes – especially friends and neighbors, played by Chelsea Peretti, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorna Morris and Jesse Plemons (considered tense cop is a conscious robot idea of a Matt Damon impersonator) – is very funny when the opportunity to be. And the film is a clear reminder that Mrs. McAdams is one of the most successful and attractive comic actors of cinema. It is almost heartbreaking to think about how big they would be in a new comedy as more than just temporary O. K.