‘Game Night’ features a great cast that exudes superb chemistry

The cast, timing, camaraderie and clever twist makes it one of the funniest films of 2018.

KYLIE BUNBURY as Michelle, LAMORNE MORRIS as Kevin, BILLY MAGNUSSEN as Ryan, SHARON HORGAN as Sarah, JASON BATEMAN as Max and RACHEL McADAMS as Annie

Sometimes, it’s all about the casting and “Game Night” features an excellent comedic cast that exudes great chemistry.

One of the funniest films of the year, the film follows six uber-competitive gamers who set out to solve a case, but find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn.

The film kicks off with immediate laughs as it introduces audiences to Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when MaxL-R) RACHEL McADAMS as Annie and JASON BATEMAN’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents.
Always looking to one-up his little bro, Brooks has promised the avid small-time gamers an epic night, far beyond their usual menu of charades, trivia and Pictionary. So, minutes later, when armed thugs break down the door and drag him away, bound and gagged, the friends who include Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunbury who play childhood sweethearts Kevin and Michelle, are duly impressed by how realistic the fight seemed. They can hardly believe it was all staged and go along with the kidnap anxious to win the grand prize – Brook’s vintage red Corvette Stingray, but as the night progresses, they discover this game night is not quite what they had in mind.

(L-R) KYLIE BUNBURY as Michelle and LAMORNE MORRIS as Kevin

A big ensemble comedy with a fresh approach: shot like an action thriller from the first punch to the last reveal, it aims to keep audiences not only laughing but also guessing.  Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are interested in telling a story and giving the actors the latitude to do some fun stuff with their characters, while playing to their strengths. The duo who last collaborated on the comedy “Vacation” have worked together on several films and know what works and what doesn’t and push the chummy chemistry to the core.

JESSE PLEMONS as Gary

“It was a comedy warehouse! There was a ton of humor on the set. If you had an idea about something, there was a million people to pitch it to as everybody is funny onset,” shares comedy veteran Lamorne Morris whose character Kevin discovers a secret about his wife Michelle (Bunbury) during a drinking game, lending another line of mystery—and humor—to the proceedings.

“It was good casting and good chemistry. We get along, we respect each other and we balance each other out. Michelle is a little more like the grounded one and Kevin is all over the place and so he bri_DSC0602.DNGngs out more fun,” adds Kylie Bunbury.

Among the steady game night players is also Max and Annie’s old friend Ryan (Billy Magnussen) —along with whoever he happens to be dating at the moment. Usually young, hot and not too bright Instagram models which add to the laughs.

The beauty of “Game Night” are the actors who have different styles, but a similar sense of humor. Bateman is as he always is — sarcastic, sardonic, enjoyable and entertaining, Jesse Plemons as the strange and lonely next-door neighbor, Gary, who just wants to be included has the perfect deadpan delivery and is certainly the standout.  Jeffrey Wright also has a small role as an FBI Agent in one of the funniest scenes in the movie. Chelsea Peretti appears as Glenda, one of the original Murder Mystery Players. Rounding off the cast is Danny Huston as an obscenely wealthy and powerful man called Anderton and Michael C. Hall as a volatile international crime lord known only as The Bulgarian.

Adult without being crass, goofy without being slapstick, the laughs in this “Game Night” come fast and furious. A hugely satisfying comedy with a steady supply of laughs there are, however, some serious messages.L-R) LAMORNE MORRIS as Kevin and KYLIE BUNBURY as Michelle in New Line Cinema's action comedy GAME NIGHT

“The movie has so many different meanings you can take from it and there’s all these little games within the game of Game Night,” shares Morris.  “There are a lot of messages which are to appreciate what you have. Maintain solid friendships with people, don’t judge a book by its past cover and be kind to people for you never know what lessons someone could teach you.”

With consistent hilarity from beginning to end, “Game Night” is an enjoyable entertainment ride. Everyone is having a good time making this film and are able to share that with the audience.

“Game Night” releases in theaters February 23

(Pictured top:) cast of Game Night: Kylie BunburyLamorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams  (middle) Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris, Jesse Plemons (bottom) Lamorne Morris with Kylie Bunbury

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