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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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Mark Perez
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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 ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,001,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,201,013
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Prior to filming, the cast members had their own "game night" so they could get to know one another and prepare for the film. They played Clue and Joking Hazard. See more »

Goofs

When Max logs into Gary's computer, the password is visible as he is typing it. Any modern computer concerned with security -- of which a police computer would certainly be one -- does not display the password as you type. See more »

Quotes

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

The title of the film is shown as a neon sign at the two main characters' wedding. See more »

Connections

References Primal Fear (1996) See more »

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Captain Jack
Written and Performed by Billy Joel
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Jason Bateman Shines
23 February 2018 | by pstevens-17076See all my reviews

This hilarious gonzo comedy has a sharp script, clever direction, and an excellent cast. In Game Night, writer Mark Perez and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have crafted a tightly structured story with little visual tricks that turn out to be significant. That said, the movie really lives and dies by its cast, and this is a top-notch ensemble. Morris -- dependably funny on TV's New Girl -- gets laughs from his bubbling jealousy and dead-on Denzel Washington impersonation, clicking well with Bunbury. Horgan drily delivers as someone who's far too smart for her date; you'll likely wish there was more of her in the film. Magnussen is spectacularly idiotic as Ryan, which is a gift. Open-hearted blockheads are always welcome in comedies such as this, and Magnussen -- who's shown his dramatic chops in the likes of Birth of the Dragon -- hits it out of the park. Plemons' dead-eyed Gary generates big laughs by doing as little as possible. His stony "I see you" face and monotone delivery steal every scene he's in. (At one point, he happily invites the group into his house ... and, with a frozen smile, slowly backs into the darkness.)

And as Max and Annie, Bateman and McAdams have great chemistry. Their timing together, their small reactions to each other; they really read as a couple who love each other, have a lot in common, and accept each other's quirks. Oh, and they're really funny. Bateman, as usual, is an effective straight man with subdued wit. McAdams gets to be a little wackier than usual and has some superb reaction moments. They're an appealing pair, and we're happy to follow them through this gleefully bloody comedy with a fair amount of twists and genuine laughs.


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