Old-fashioned movie star charm elevations a goofy, likable movie that sets a New York couple in the middle of a European whodunnit
Adam Sandler’s frightful eight-movie deal with Netflix arrived as both a blessing and a swear for those who had actually tolerated any of his last eight self-produced theatrical secretes. While it allowed most of us to simply pretend he had stopped working( spots for anyone who’s even aware of what Sandy Wexler is ), it also allowed him to continue obliging the same movies that even his most impassioned followers had stopped buying tickets for. His streaming output has been predictably, punishingly unfunny up up to now, and one would safely expect the same from his latest, which reunites him with Jennifer Aniston, who starred with him in 2011′ s execrable romcom Just Go With It.
But while that film couldn’t capitalise on its big star pairing, their second attempt, the crudely designation Murder Mystery, is a far more satisfying experience, a astonishingly agile summer slapstick that observes both Aniston and Sandler at their most charming. They star as a married couple living a instead staid life in New York: he’s Nick, a polouse feigning he’s a detective while she’s Audrey, his unaware hairdresser wife who pines for more romance. He owes her a European honeymoon and on their 15 th anniversary, he lastly caves and the pair head abroad for a much-needed getaway. But after Audrey befriends a suave playboy( Luke Evans ), they find themselves invited to a luxurious ship defendant hosted by a billionaire( Terence Stamp) who soon turns up dead, leaving the couple as prime suspects.