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Game Night (2018)

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A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Max
Rachel McAdams ... Annie
Kyle Chandler ... Brooks
Sharon Horgan ... Sarah
Billy Magnussen ... Ryan
Lamorne Morris ... Kevin
Kylie Bunbury ... Michelle
Jesse Plemons ... Gary
Michael C. Hall ... The Bulgarian
Danny Huston ... Donald Anderton
Chelsea Peretti ... Glenda
Camille Chen ... Dr. Chin
Zerrick Williams ... Val (as Zerrick Deion Williams)
Joshua Mikel ... Colin
R.F. Daley ... Tats
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Storyline

Six close friends meet each week for a game night involving board games, charades and pop culture trivia quizzes. Being the most competitive of the bunch, Max and his wife Annie, who seem to be a perfect match in every way, usually win every time. However, their marriage is on rocky ground as Annie fears that Max doesn't want to have children. When Max's shady brother Brooks reappears after a long mysterious absence and suggests that they have their next gathering at his place, no one expects that their weekly game night is about to go to the next level as Brooks organizes a full blown murder mystery party complete with actors as criminals and cops for them. However, when Brooks is violently kidnapped in front of everyone, it turns out that the game is all too real. Now, Max, Annie, their womanizing dimwitted friend Ryan, his domineering Irish date Sarah, and their childhood friends Michelle and her husband Kevin, who's obsessed with finding out with which mysterious celebrity ...

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This is not a game.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Game Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Marietta, Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,005,332, 25 February 2018

Gross USA:

$69,179,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,679,066
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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Kevin and Michelle's dossier goes from lying on the table to being behind Michelle on the couch and back to lying on the table again. See more »

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[first lines]
Max: Who cares about winning? Let's get drunk!
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the ending credits were designed in the style of Gary's plan for his own game night. See more »

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References Die Hard 2 (1990) See more »

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Good Pills
Written by Justin Toland, Thomas Starz and Andrew Denham
Performed by Dirty Streets featuring Justin Toland, Tommy Starz and Andrew Denham
Courtesy of Alive Naturalsound
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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An amusing adults-only comedy, but no game changer.
26 February 2018 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

Another adults-only comedy from the makers of Horrible Bosses, Game Night is the latest in a long line of films operating within the ordinary-people-become-embroiled-in-crime subgenre. Putting a murder-mystery game-within-a-game spin on proceedings, it's essentially David Fincher's The Game with crude humour, which is exactly as good or bad as that sounds, depending on your tastes. Writer Mark Perez and directors John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein certainly don't hold back in their attempt to garner laughs. They throw everything from impersonations and horror parody to visual jokes and gross-out humour into the mix. It's hit and miss at best, but when it's funny it's really funny; a gag-inducing bullet extraction and a hilariously slow negotiation involving a dim-witted philanderer trying, and failing, to play hardball are a couple of memorable sequences almost worth the price of admission on their own. Unfortunately there are also plenty of clangers littered throughout-plus a completely misjudged subplot that tries to inject a message about growing up-that create sizeable laugh-free portions of the movie, especially in the final act. As the married couple who host the titular weekly event, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are a hoot when playing off each other. His straight-faced quips and her bubbly/snarky barbs are an ideal match, so hopefully they share the screen again soon. As far from being a game changer as it is from being a complete dud, Game Night is an amusing diversion that'll be most enjoyed with an alcoholic beverage or two.


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