Murder Mystery: Movie Review

As expected, "Murder Mystery" fails to do anything other than be a generic Adam Sandler release. There's probably less of the crass humor but this is a Sandler production all the way through - warts and all.

NYC cop Nick Spitz(Adam Sandler) and his wife Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary. Finally, Nick's long promise of a European trip is coming true. On their way to Europe, they meet Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans) who invites them to an intimate family gathering on the yacht of his elderly uncle billionaire Malcolm Quince. But when Quince is murdered, they become the prime suspects as complete strangers and outsiders to everyone on the yacht. Nick and Audrey Spitz must find a way to find the killer before they are captured and jailed by the police.
We'd by lying if we didn't admit that we found "Murder Mystery" entertaining. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston had great chemistry that had us laughing even more than expected. Jennifer Aniston in particular brought in an inspired performance especially for a very shallow film. Unfortunately, everything else that "Murder Mystery" had to offer was just awfully generic and nonsensical and as Adam Sandler as it could be. Like any of his films, he is the uncaring husband and a cheap-skate who has a redemptive story with the love of his life. The jobs may change, this time a cop, but the mannerisms, conflicts, locales, and end result are still the same. As for the mystery aspect, "Murder Mystery" obviously did not take this seriously. There's really no proper buildup to the whodunit and there's a feeling that the film could have picked anyone they wanted by the time of the reveal. As a mindless time-waster, "Murder Mystery" easily fits the bill but anything else, just avoid.
Rating: 2 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- if you set your expectations well, the film was good, brainless fun

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it's as generic as it can be

You can catch "Murder Mystery" via Netflix streaming right now.

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