I haven't seen an Adam Sandler movie that I liked in a very long time but then, I'm not a huge fan of the loud comedy he's typically involved in. The preview of this movie looked different than all that and we're into the types of stories they're poking fun at so it was an easy try.
The basic idea is that Sandler plays a New York cop who takes his wife (Jennifer Aniston) to Europe for their 15th anniversary. They fall into a crowd of wealthy socialites only to end up framed for a triple murder. They then spend the rest of the time trying to clear their names.
The comedy in this is much more subtle than I expected. Adam Sandler's comments throughout killed me and together, he and Aniston really feel like they've been married for over a decade.
The story itself may not be a huge surprise but that's kind of the point. They're poking fun at mystery novels, movies, etc. The twists get wilder as they go on, playing on the different stereotypical aspects of the murder mystery genre.
I thought they did a great job with it all around. It's sad to me that it got hammered by critics. Some called it boring but I genuinely laughed many times. I'm not sure what the expectation going in might've been for the people who hit it so hard but I thought it would be funny, mildly clever...and I got more than I bargained for on each.
This is a Netflix original and it's available now. I would recommend it if you like the TV shows this teases, Agatha Christie or anything like those. It's far more subtle than I anticipated and that was a good thing.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
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