Murder Mystery - starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston - premiered on Netflix this week, and by all accounts broke all kinds of streaming records. But is it worth your time? Here's our two minute Murder Mystery review.
The hope: Our best case scenario for Murder Mystery was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels meets The Waterboy. Sandler has attained borderline auteur status over the past year, and rides into this on the back of a truly brilliant Nextflix comedy special and the critical acclaim of an almightily funny return to SNL. Aniston is one of the best comic actresses we have. Pair them together as an American couple on a yacht in Monaco with all the predictable caricatures from a European murder mystery novel, and surely this can't miss.
30 million people can't be wrong right?
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30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days - the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide.
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) June 18, 2019
The reality: Sorely disappointing and borderline garbage. We come to this as huge fans of the Sandman and only saw extraordinary potential in this movie. The murder mystery genre was sorely crying out for two middle-aged Americans to romp in and cause mayhem. But we couldn't get past the pungent pang of laziness off of this. Sandler plays the same character he plays in every film - not a complaint - but he phones this one in. He and Aniston feel like they're actually on holiday during this film, such is their disregard for jokes and acting. Even the title - Murder Mystery - is extremely lazy. Dumb plot, half-arsed performances, minimal ambition - we want more from you, Sandman!
Best cameo: Pam from Veep, Monstrose Crowley from Game of Thrones
What the Twitterati say: All in all, the people on social media seem to like it.
Omg #MurderMystery is brilliant 😂😂😂😂😂 It’s like a ridiculous modern Poirot except with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler as a hilarious American couple instead of an elderly Belgian gent. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I’m going to need that sequel real soon please @netflix!! 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Faau51leB5
— Little Miss Katy ☀ (@MissKatyEnglish) June 17, 2019
Adam Sandler has done it again. “Murder Mystery” is just him with a mustache on a yacht surrounded by beautiful women fucking around on Netflix’s dime. Truly incredible stuff.
— 🎙Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) June 16, 2019
😂 Adam Sandler has made a whole career out of playing the EXACT same character in every single role 😂 he doesn’t even try to be a different person lmao but I never seen an Adam Sandler movie I didn’t like 🙌🏾👌🏾👌🏾 #MurderMysteryNetflix #MurderMystery #AdamSandler
— David Lamar (@ImDavidLamar) June 14, 2019
MURDER MYSTERY: Adam Sandler's latest direct-to-Netflix movie is an Agatha Christie riff that explores new levels of cinematic laziness. it also coins America's new favorite catchphrase: "I'm hungry as shit."
wake me up when UNCUT GEMS is out. my review: https://t.co/2Lla1592ZQ pic.twitter.com/tqSNlXsIxa
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 14, 2019
Is this worth 97 minutes of your life? Our advice: don't bother. We made it 40 minutes before closing the laptop.
What did you make of Murder Mystery? Let us know.