Game Night

A couple who are virtually addicted to board-and-parlor games (Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams), along with their usual game-night guests (Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury), get in over their heads when a role-playing kidnap game turns into the real thing because of the host’s freewheeling, irresponsible brother (Kyle Chandler). Mark Perez’s script has few surprises, but enough twists and complications to hold our interest. The direction by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein is unexceptional but inoffensive, and they manage to keep each other out of the way of McAdams and Bateman’s innate charm, chemistry and comic flair. A good thing, too, because McAdams and Bateman are the movie’s only real assets; they’re slumming, but they’re having fun, and it’s contagious.