Nick (Adam Sandler) is a police officer in New York. Nick isn’t having much luck, discovering that once again, he has failed the detective test (For the third time). Nick naturally can’t bring himself to tell his wife, Audrey (Jennifer Aniston). To top it off, it’s their anniversary, and Nick has been slack, purchasing the same Amazon gift card that he always gets her. With the pair’s overall romance fading away and Nick continuing to lie to his wife, it’s evident that the two need a spark within their marriage. When Nick buys them a trip to Europe for their anniversary, Nick and Audrey soon find themselves invited onto a large yacht with multiple characters onboard. Naturally, as you can assume by the film’s title, a murder takes place. But who is the killer? It’s up to Nick and Audrey to solve the case and try to survive the unknown killer…
I have been somewhat disappointed in the past films released by Adam Sandler on Netflix. However, this film caught my eye purely because I was curious about the chemistry between Sandler and Aniston. The two have also worked together on the 2011 film “Just Go With It”. I found they had worked well together and I was hoping to see something fresh in “Murder Mystery”.
As I expected, the humour delivered by both leads is pretty much the same as we’ve seen previously. But! I’m not saying it’s a bad thing- I’m merely saying it’s nothing new. The two characters always speak randomness throughout the film, and I’ll admit that I found myself chuckling at some of the witty lines delivered when the two are talking. When the two leads are away from each this film is not as funny or energetic.
As a plot, yes, we have a Murder Mystery! To my surprise, the film makes many jokes and reference to many well-known Murder Mystery films and novels. Depending on one’s experience, some tricks may not land. While I found the majority of the film’s plot and mysteries predictable, there were still enough enjoyable moments to continue the movie without being too frustrated. Plus the film is a comedy and does not take itself too seriously, meaning this is a film for those who want something random and brainless, requiring little effort to enjoy.
Overall, Adam Sander fans will generally know what to expect with this type of film- it’s nothing new here. However, I will confess that this is one of his better films to arrive on Netflix. I enjoyed some of the silly randomness which is shown between both Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, even if it is similar to “Just Go With It” from 2011. The film also pays many nods to well-known Murder Mystery films which is fun. In the end, if you require something random and brainless, this could be your type of film, bringing you a chuckle or two.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden