This surprisingly funny movie gets 3.5 Icees out of 5.  When I saw that this movie was Rated R for language, sexual references and some violence I was worried that it would be overly vulgar (like Bridesmaids or The Hangover).  I just don’t find those types of movies funny.  I’m glad I went ahead and tried it out because it was really funny without that vulgarity.  In fact, I think the studio should have argued that this was really PG-13 and not R, or removed a couple of F-words to get down to a PG-13.  But, they didn’t, so there you go.

The movie isn’t the best comedy you’ll ever see, but it is the best I’ve seen in a LONG time. It is loaded with several moments where the audience (myself included) literally laughed out loud.  Isn’t that what a comedy is supposed to do?

It’s not perfect, as there is one character (Gary, played creepily by Jesse Plemons) that is just too weird, but otherwise the characters are well done.  Jason Bateman is someone who for the most part I’ve enjoyed watching over the years. It’s not often that a child star goes on to do good work after puberty, but he has pulled it off. Rachel McAdams is someone who I’ve only watched a few of her projects (since I don’t watch romantic movies like The Notebook) but I really think she has a knack for comedy and could be really successful at it.  Billy Magnussen is hilarious as the group’s less intelligent member. The other actors did a good job as well in supporting roles.

The basic premise of the movie (gleened from trailers so it’s not a spoiler) is that on a game night one of the members plans a fake kidnapping game for the others to solve, only for it to actually happen.  The movie has some mini plots within it (to detail them would be spoilers) which is nice because sometimes you need a break from the main plot.  These mini plots aren’t too distracting, but fit in nicely within the confines of the main plot. There’s even an unexpected twist or two!

So if you’re looking for a good laugh or a break after seeing Black Panther twice, this movie fits the bill.

There is a scene just as the credits start and another one at the end of the credits.

Enjoy…