Game Night (2018)

  • Gist: Some thirty-ish-somethings’ game night turns into a real kidnap-rescue caper. No, wait! It’s somehow good!
  • Funny rom-com couple trope: CHECK! If Bateman and McAdams were any whiter they’d be…me.
  • Awkward friend trope: CHECK! You seen Jesse Plemons in his Black Mirror role? You should!
  • Sibling rivalry trope: CHECK!
  • Loving-but-feuding couple trope: CHECK! If you find out your spouse once slept with a celebrity, should you be jealous or flattered??
  • Hot car trope: CHECK! A sweeeeet red Corvette Stingray.
  • Irish girl trope: Check, yes, but beautifully subverted by Sharon Horgan. God bless all Irish.
  • Dumb blond trope: CHECK! (It’s Billy Magnussen, so I guess it’s not sexist.)
  • Fake gun/Real gun trope: BANG!
  • Plot twist trope: CHECK! Just the right sprinkle of credible over a thick layer of silly.
  • Evil rich people trope: AMUSE ME, PEASANTS!
  • MacGuffin trope: CHECK!
  • Michael C. Hall trope: CHECK! Dude pops up everywhere.
  • Sub-competent goons trope: CH–well, depends on how you look at it.
  • Learned-a-lesson trope: multi-CHECK! Look elsewhere for today’s nihilism rush.
  • Conclusion: Fun, funny, feel-good diversion. Skip it if you’re a pill.