Give the movie “Game Night” a spin – and it will make you tremble – Twin Cities

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Three things kill comedies: the trailers, sometimes the plot, and the people you know who have seen the movie before you.

Trailers tend to give all the best features. Storylines can get in the way of fun times, or dispense with them altogether as the movie progresses, because, damn it, the story has to end someday. And the people who want to tell you the funny parts are usually worse than the trailers.

Do not worry. I won’t be that person.

I’ll tell you this, however, “Game Night” is right.

Jason Bateman is Max Davis, who meets his soul mate, Annie (Rachel McAdams), on a quiz night when they simultaneously answer a question from Teletubby. They live to play games, any game, and enlist their friends (Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury and Bill Magnussen) to play with them one night a week.

Then Max Brooks’ brother (Kyle Chandler) introduces himself. There’s competition too, but it’s an arena where Max finds himself losing. Brooks is cooler, richer, and more fun – until things get serious after Brooks offers to take game night to the next level. Or has the game gotten serious?

The plot twists a few times – some you see coming, some not, and some gullibility (it’s a comedy, after all) – but it never gets in the way of a good time. If you’ve seen the trailer, which doesn’t say too much, then you know one of the funniest scenes.

Max is injured and puts blood on a white dog, but when he tries to clean it up, the dog shakes the blood off the white walls of the room. It’s Bateman’s exasperation that sells the scene, as does the dog, who so far has been an arm candy for the Davis’ cop neighbor Gary, played by Jesse Plemons (who, I swear, is in all the films released in recent months).

Bateman is always a hoot, and he doesn’t disappoint here. Bateman’s tics, especially the little nod with the wide-eyed eyes, are fully visible. And the impassive line reads are funny as hell: when his friends crawl out the window in an effort to be sneaky because Gary hasn’t been invited to a game night, Max implores them not to “break the succulents.” .

The cast as a whole is hilarious: An ongoing joke about Denzel Washington gives Morris (Winston Bishop in TV’s “The New Girl”) a chance to do his perfect actor’s impersonation. Magnussen (“Ingrid Goes West”, “The Big Short”) plays crazy eyed and silly like no one else, and Bunbury (TV’s “Pitch”) is a warm and balanced presence. Sharon Horgan (Amazon’s “disaster”), added to the mix as Magnussen’s date for game night, adds just the right amount of kick to the comedy stew.

McAdams, however, seems to be having the most fun. She’s captured the winning awkwardness that Carole Lombard and Irene Dunne use to jump into the big, wacky comedies of yesteryear so easily, but McAdams does it with a decidedly modern edge.

She shares a scene with Bateman who is a perfect example. It made me laugh so much that I cried. But I let you experience it for yourselves. I don’t want to be THAT person.

“GAME EVENING”

Realized by: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

With : Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons

Rated: R for language, sexual references and some violence.

Should you go? It will make you want to pass and collect $ 200. ***


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