Monday, June 11, 2018

Movie Review: "Game Over, Man!" (2018)

Director: Kyle Newacheck
Year: 2018
Rating: TV-MA
Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

A trio of hotel workers faces off against a group of terrorists who have taken over the building and are holding the social media star who agreed to fund their new video game invention hostage.
"You ever fuck with Baja Blast?" (Image Source)
"Game Over, Man!" is basically what it would look like if stoned gamers had written the movie "Die Hard." This film is brought to us by the same people who did the television show "Workaholics." It is directed by Kyle Newacheck, who was a writer and director on the aforementioned comedy series. Newacheck helped write the story with "Workaholics" stars Anders Holm, Adam Devine, and Blake Anderson. The three of them play Darren, Alexxx, and Joel, three hotel housekeepers/waiters who are always trying to invent some big new contraption to help them get rich quick. When they hear that wealthy social media star Bae Awadi (Utkarsh Ambudkar) is having a party at the hotel, they take this opportunity to pitch their idea, a full body suit controller for their blaxploitation video game, to the internet star directly. Bae agrees to fund their game, but terrorists seize the hotel before they can collect their investment. Bae is taken hostage by the terrorists so they can extort half a billion dollars from him.
"Why are you getting dressed in the closet? We've already seen your dick, balls, and butthole." (Image Source)
We never watched "Workaholics," we don't play video games, and we aren't stoners, so maybe we aren't the target demographic for "Game Over, Man!" This is a comedy that relies heavily on a lot of nostalgic pop culture references with a few cameos from television actors and musicians who were successful 15+ years ago. Apart from these outdated references, what we get is a lot of stoner jokes about getting high on salvia, as well as a big, heaping dose of dick humor and even a few gay jokes just in case you thought it was still 1994. We have seen enough of Adam Devine's dick, balls, and butthole to last a lifetime. The movie is also full of darkly comedic action. It is loaded with over-the-top cartoon levels of violence where heads are blown up, penises are cut off, and people are shot, all with fountains of blood and gore.
"I'm a hustler. I'm basically the Rick Ross of our friend circle." (Image Source)
We like action comedies and we like dark comedies, so we did manage to laugh a little here and there throughout "Game Over, Man!" (though we're a little ashamed to admit it). The trio of best pals accidentally killing bad guys is probably the best part of the film. Beyond that, the movie relies a lot on cringe and shock comedy, which is not our cup of tea when there's no real wit behind it. We found ourselves cringing a lot, so maybe in that aspect the movie is successful, but we weren't cringing in a good way, so there's that. When it comes to humor, there are a lot more misses than hits here (unless the hits you're describing are bong hits). "Workaholic" fans may enjoy this, but we were not impressed by this messy, antiquated affair.

My Rating: 3.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 4/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.4/10
RT Rating: 9%
Do we recommend this movie: No.

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