Film Review: ‘Ready or Not’

If you count yourself among those who interpret a matrimonial “I do” to mean “happily ever after,” maybe “Ready or Not” isn’t the late-summer date movie for you. On the other hand, for “Crazy Rich Asians” haters and the romantically disinclined, this deranged and darkly comedic thriller — which stuffs the wedding cake full of razor blades, then blows up the chapel — packs subversive pleasures aplenty, exaggerating the anxieties of marrying into an unfamiliar family by confronting its unsuspecting bride with a worst-case set of in-laws.

This deliciously diabolical sophomore feature, which hails from the resourceful low-budget trio known as Radio Silence, represents a departure for indie distributor Fox Searchlight, which has a real winner on its hands — that rare “Get Out”-like horror movie capable of delivering superficial diversion alongside deep cultural critique — but limited experience handling genre fare. To the extent the now-Disney-owned specialty division resembles old-school Miramax,
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