Game over man! (2018): review
Game Over, Man! is a Netflix original action comedy by the lovable troupe from Workaholics, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, and Kyle Newacheck. The riotous gang are good for a lot of laughs as they find a way to save a hotel full of hostages from a group of terrorists.
Starring: Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Anders Holm
Directed by: Kyle Newacheck
Initial release: 2018
Netflix began 2018 with a mission to change its reputation for dark, brooding entertainment programming. They accomplished this goal by adding a mix of light-hearted, family-friendly shows amongst the gloomier offerings.
Unfortunately, even with familiar favorites such as Lost In Space and now the new action comedy Game Over, Man!, many reviews give these light-hearted features so-so remarks regarding substance.
Game Over Man! was created by the great Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Kyle Newacheck, who are very open about their affinity for weed and for fellow weed lovers like us, this movie just what we needed.
Game Over, Man! follows three friends on the cusp of getting their crazy video game idea financed, only for their benefactor to be taken hostage by a group of terrorists.
The movie is intentionally vulgar, featuring plenty of simulated sex, graphic violence, cursing, and even male frontal nudity and if you’re in the mood for this type of movie after toking up a bit perhaps, it has everything to crack you up from beginning to end.
The film has the potential to deliver stellar entertainment, especially with the core lineup of talent involved. Kyle Newacheck, who also played Kyle on Workaholics and directed several episodes, directed the movie and delivered some good entertainment in our eyes.
There are some honest to goodness laugh-out-loud moments that will sear themselves into your memory for years to come, even for people watching it sober.
Even though the team of actors and directors has had a lot of success with their comedy serie Workaholics, it takes more than shock factor to make a film worth watching for a bigger audience.
In the case of Game Over, Man!, the saving grace is its delightfully entertaining central trio and the riotous and raunchy behavior that keeps the film afloat. This, however, is not enough to save it from lackluster writing and ultimately, an unimpressive premise.
In other words, it's a good thing the film is on Netflix. If you had left the comfort of your home, drove to the theater, parked your car, spent a small fortune of your hard-earned money on tickets and snacks for you and your partner, some of you might have left feeling disappointed.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Some say the vulgarity of Game Over, Man! is not to blame for its uneven performance. But in fact, it actually saves the film from some of its unconvincing plot points.
Bottom line is this: Game Over Man is a 3½-star movie in our book, with a lot of good laughs and enough absurdity to keep you from shutting the thing off and going to bed. Definitely worth your high!