Comedy


Game Night


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
100 mins
Stars:
Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons
Director:
John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Producer:
Jason Bateman, John Davis, John Fox

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
5
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


several sexual comments and innuendos including oral sex references and a young man giving himself "self love"; a woman admits to sleeping with another man while she and her boyfriend were taking a break; husband and wife kiss.

Language


language throughout including several utterances of gd; j; jc; the f-bomb including mf and f you; s; d, da*mit; a, and other words including sexual slang for testicles and male genitalia

Violence


several scenes of guns being held on people and people being shot; man is shot in his arm, and blood and the bullet hole are seen; man with bloody arm bleeds on a cat and on the carpet; a knife is thrown and hits the same man in the bullet hole; a very bloody chest and mouth seen on a man who has been shot; a brutal fight contest in which several men are punched and have bloody faces and wounds; people are hit with objects including glass broken over their heads; a man is sucked up into the engine of an airplane.

Drugs


several bar scenes and party scenes with drinking including beer, vodka, champagne and a harvey wallbanger

Nudity


cleavage in a few scenes

Other


tension between characters; couples argue; a woman sticks a gun in her mouth playfully, not realizing it is a real gun.



Synopsis

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.


Movie Message

Game Night is a witty, laugh-out-loud movie that will have you nodding your head while thinking, "Yes, I can relate to that." This imaginative storyline features Gary (Jesse Plemons), the off-beat (everyone has known someone like this guy) next door neighbor to Max (Jason Bateman) and his wife Annie (Rachel McAdams). He used to be invited to their game night once a week when he was married to Debbie—who was really the one Max and Annie liked. But now Gary and Debbie are divorced and Max and Annie attempt to avoid inviting "weird" Gary to game nights. But the humor lies in the fact that Gary suspects this. Gary is outside his house when his neighbors arrive home from grocery shopping. Noticing all the food they bought, he asks if they are having a game night. They tell him no. Then he asks why they bought three bags of chips. "They had a three-for-the-price-of-one deal," says Max. "That would be unprofitable for the store to do," Gary observes.

And, as far as those "relatable" moments, who hasn't seen a couple argue about petty jealousies? That's what a couple, Kevin and Michelle, do—they bicker about a man Michelle once briefly hooked up with while she and Kevin were "taking a break" in their relationship. When they have a few drinks, the bickering gets worse. And who hasn't had an obnoxious self-absorbed relative? In this case, it's Max's rich brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler), who went out and bought a Stingray for himself because he knows Max wanted one from the time they were kids. Brooks like people to know he's rich, and he flashes constant reminders to everyone. In one comedic scene, Max and Annie are seeing a fertility specialist, who believes the couple's infertility problem might be Max's fault and tells him she's not loving his semen. The specialist says it with such a straight face that it is hard not to laugh. Then, she seems more interested in getting a date with Brooks, Max's brother, than actually helping the couple out.

Meanwhile, Brooks insists on having a game night at his luxurious home, and he manages to set up a "live" game night with actors coming in to kidnap and kill a victim, and the rest of the gang has to figure out "who done it." Unfortunately, Brooks has been dealing in some shady matters, and some real-life kidnappers come to his home, knock out a federal agent who was there, and actually kidnap Brooks. One of the many funny scenes involves Max and Annie tracking Brooks and the bad guys down at a local bar. Annie gets ahold of what she assumes is a fake gun and begins waving it around, cussing out the bad guys and telling them to hit the floor. When they all learn it isn't a game and that the gun is real, the adventure and action really kicks in, with more humorous moments to follow. Another relatable moment for the audience is when Gary is welcomed back to the gang because of something good he does. Don't we all overlook faults in people because of the good points they have?

The film is R-rated so, although it is highly entertaining at times, it also contains strong content such as harsh language throughout and several sexual innuendos and comments. So, we can't award this movie our Dove Seal.

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