A simple night of couples fun goes wildly off the rails for Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and friends in the first teaser trailer for Game Night from Warner Bros. Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the team behind 2015's Vacation, Game Night also stars Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston, Michael C. Hall and Lamorne Morris aka Winston.
Bateman and McAdams play Max and Annie, a married couple who host a weekly fun night for their clean-cut suburban friends. Pictionary, Scrabble and Yahtzee having grown a bit dull evidently, the friends decide to participate in what they think is going to be a murder-mystery game arranged by Max's brother Brooks (Chandler). What starts out as a grown-up game of Clue quickly turns into a night of steadily-mounting chaos, where no one knows what's part of the game and what is real (until people start getting shot and sucked into jet engines).
Warner Bros. has dropped the first trailer for Game Night online, and the biggest puzzle here is what exact tone the movie is supposed to be going for. Kyle Chandler barely has time to set up the game's premise (and by extension the movie's premise) before he's being beaten, tied up and hauled away by apparent kidnappers. Max, Annie and the gang clearly think this is all part of the game and go on happily munching cheese on the couch, but the clear implication is that things have already started going down a dark path.
Twisted comic weirdness seems to be the order of the day, as the trailer teases the mounting insanity that befalls our heroes. Brooks is tied up in a room, and Annie is waving a gun around like it's a toy...until the gun goes off and shoots Max in the arm. But that only makes Max scream "Blood!" like he still isn't sure he's really been shot or is just living through a scene in a wacky black comedy. It gets nuttier when Annie is confronted by an apparent bad guy who, right after making a crude comment about her body that she takes as a weird compliment, gets sucked into a jet engine. Annie's response can only be described as humorously odd.
This first shot at a teaser seems to promise a Hangover-style comedy: regular people being confronted with increasingly bizarre, dangerous circumstances and reacting in ways that don't necessarily jibe with normal human behavior. Directors Daley and Goldstein didn't exactly knock it out of the park with their last movie, the ill-advised Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, and here it looks like they're basically going down the same slapstick road.
Game Night hits theaters on March 2, 2018.
Source: Warner Bros.