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Game Night

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Role: Michelle
Rating: R for language, sexual references and some violence
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: February 23, 2018 (USA)
Running Time: 1h 40min
Directed by: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley
Written by: Mark Perez, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Dana Fox
Produced by: Jason Bateman, John Davis, John Fox, James Garavente
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kyle Chandler, Jeffrey Wright, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Michael C. Hall, ...
Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams), whose weekly couples Game Night gets kicked up a notch when Max's charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it's all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this "game"— nor Brooks—are what they seem to be.

Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they've ever had…or game over.


Michelle loves game nights, considers it the highlight of her week, with her friends and husband Kevin, who she has known since they were fourteen and has been married to since they were nineteen. She is smart, calm and cool. Her and Kevin are very much in love with each other and a good team until a game of "Never have I ever" reveals that Michelle has slept with a celebrity when her and Kevin were on a break before getting married. Michelle wants to let it go but Kevin can't and keeps obsessing over who it could have been. When he guesses Denzel Washington, Michelle denies it at first but later reveals that it indeed was Denzel. When she tells Kevin about that night and shows him a picture she realizes that it was only a Denzel lookalike and not the actor himself.

Production & Reception

On May 24, 2016, Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema hired Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley to rewrite and direct the film GAME NIGHT, which Jason Bateman produced through Aggregate Films. While Daley and Goldstein did not receive screenwriter credit, they later said they rewrote "almost all of the original script's dialogue, totally overhauled the characters — most notably a creepy cop portrayed by Jesse Plemons — and comprehensively reworked the original script's third act."

In January 2017, Rachel McAdams, Bateman, and Jesse Plemons were cast in the film's lead roles. In February 2017, Kylie Bunbury joined the cast, while in March 2017, Lamorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, Kyle Chandler, and Sharon Horgan were also added. In April 2017, Jeffrey Wright was cast in the film as an FBI agent, a role he ultimately played uncredited.

Principal photography on the film began in early April 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Warner Bros. Pictures had originally scheduled GAME NIGHT for release on February 14, 2018. The date was later pushed back to March 2, 2018, before being moved up to February 23, 2018.

GAME NIGHT grossed $69 million in the United States and Canada, and $48.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $117.4 million, against a production budget of $37 million.

In the United States and Canada, GAME NIGHT was released alongside Annihilation and Every Day, and was projected to gross $13–21 million from 3,488 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $5.6 million on its first day (including $1 million from Thursday night previews). It ended up grossing $16.6 million over the weekend, finishing second, behind holdover Black Panther. The film dropped 38.8% in its second weekend to $10.4 million (above average for a comedy), and finished 4th, behind Black Panther and newcomers Red Sparrow and Death Wish. It made $7.9 million in its third weekend, $5.6 million in its fourth and $4.1 million in its fifth.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 84%, based on 201 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise — and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists — GAME NIGHT might be more fun than the real thing." On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film has an average score of 66 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 78% overall positive score.

Writing for Variety, Owen Gleiberman gave the film a positive review, saying "Even at 100 minutes, GAME NIGHT pushes its premise to the wall of synthetic escapism. Yet the movie manipulates its audience in cunning and puckish ways. It's no big whoop, but you're happy to have been played."

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released GAME NIGHT on DVD and Blu-ray on May 22, 2018. The following special features are included:

An Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night
Gag Reel

Promotion & Press

Check out interviews from the press days and the premiere.
Kylie and the cast celebrated the World Premiere of GAME NIGHT on February 21, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Kylie wore a MONSE RESORT 2018 white bow collar long dress which featured a mock-turtle neckline, single-leg slit and a cutout shoulder. She opted for silver metallic pumps. Her eye make-up was kept simple and she chose a salmon-colored lipstick and a side parted braided up-do that reminded of Princess Leia's famous buns. She topped off her look with DAVID YURMAN jewelry.



A tilt-shift lens is used to give several wide aerial shots the miniaturized look of the Game of Life board game.
Prior to filming, the cast members had their own "game night" so they could get to know one another and prepare for the film. They played Clue and Joking Hazard.
Jason Bateman was originally set to direct the film, but John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein would only work on a rewrite of the script if they could also direct.
In addition to referencing Quentin Tarantino's films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Django Unchained (2012), the movie includes a scene filmed in a single take, a technique often used by Tarantino.
In keeping with the theme of games referenced in the film, there is a subtle reference to a classic 1970s board game. When the group first enter Donald Anderton's (Danny Huston) lavish home, the painting "Old Man with a Gold Chain" by Rembrandt can be seen hanging on the wall. This is one of the paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago which is featured in the board game Masterpiece.
The real name of the actor who plays 'Not Denzel' is Malcolm X. Hughes. Denzel Washington played the lead role in Malcolm X (1992).
The opening title sequence shows game pieces from many classic board games including Battleship. Battleship is later referenced as a game Max (Jason Bateman) and Brooks (Kyle Chandler) played as kids. Jesse Plemons who plays Gary had a role in the movie Battleship (2012).
One of the filming locations was RiRa Irish Pub, 1010 Peachtree Street. NE, Atlanta, GA on April 4, 2017.
The film was promoted on February 12, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia by Micaela Dee and her fellow "Murder Mystery Dinner Theater" players.
This project was completed with assistance from the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. With the participation of the Canadian Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit.
Throughout the film, various children's games are played while trying to navigate the plot. "Simon Says" is played when Annie (Rachel McAdams) is holding the gun to the kidnappers in the bar. "Hot Potato" is played with the egg. "Charades" is played between Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie at the airport. Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury)'s argument, their escape from the locked room, and Annie removing the bullet from Max's arm, seem to be references to classic board games "Guess Who," "Jenga," and "Operation," respectively.
Apart from a short flashback involving Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), the two married couples in the film do not have any scenes apart from their respective spouses.