Game Night

Game Night

This is not a game.

20181 h 40 min
Overview

Max and Annie's weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party -- complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it's all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.

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Runtime 1 h 40 min
Release Date 22 February 2018
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Movie Rating Very good
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Competitive gamers Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) meet during trivia night at a bar, quickly fall in love, and get married. They are trying to have a child, but their attempts are unsuccessful due to Max’s stress surrounding his feelings of inadequacy when compared to his vastly more successful, attractive brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler). During Max and Annie’s routine weekend game night with their friends Ryan (Billy Magnusson), and married couple Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), Brooks arrives and immediately shows Max up by arriving in a Corvette Stingray and sharing an embarrassing childhood story during charades. Annie also finds Brooks extremely obnoxious, and decides to work together with Max to defeat him at the upcoming game night, which Brooks offers to host at a house he’s renting while visiting. Max and Annie also try to keep game nights secret from their neighbor Gary (Jesse Plemons), a humorless and awkward police officer who stopped being regularly invited when his wife, a former friend of the couple, divorced him.

When the guests arrive, including Ryan’s new date, Sarah (Sharon Horgan), Brooks says he’s initiated an interactive role-playing mystery game, promising the winner his Stingray. After a while, an actor playing an FBI agent informs them of the narrative of the mystery, only for two masked men to break in and assault him and Brooks. The guests, believing it to be part of the game, idly watch. After Brooks is dragged out of the house, the couples begin to solve the mystery using the clues left behind by the actor. While Kevin and Michelle play the game fairly, Max and Annie track Brooks down using his phone’s GPS location, while Ryan and Sarah track down the company in charge of managing the game, hoping to find the answer there.

Max and Annie track Brooks down to a seedy bar and, using a pistol left behind by Brooks during the struggle (which they believe to be fake), they manage to take the keys to the storage closet, where Brooks is being held. After Annie mistakenly fires the gun and shoots Max in the arm, confirming the legitimacy of their danger, the three escape, where Brooks admits that he actually makes his living buying and selling things on the black market, in particular a Fabergé egg sought by a man known only as the Bulgarian and is owned by a man using the alias Marlon Freeman. With his captors in pursuit, Brooks exits the moving car to guarantee Max and Annie’s escape….

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