Old-fashioned movie star charm filches a goofy, likable movie that employs a New York couple in the middle of a European whodunnit
Adam Sandler’s horrible eight-movie deal with Netflix arrived as both a blessing and a blaspheme for those who had actually tolerated any of his last-place eight self-produced theatrical releases. While it allowed most of us to simply pretend he had stopped working( moments for anyone who’s even is conscious of what Sandy Wexler is ), it also allowed him to continue constituting the same films that even his most impassioned devotees had stopped buying tickets for. His streaming yield has been predictably, punishingly unfunny up until 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 movie couldn’t capitalise on its big star pairing, their second attempt, the crudely entitled Murder Mystery, is a far more satisfying experience, a astonishingly agile summer comedy that encounters both Aniston and Sandler at their most attractiveness. They star as a married couple living a rather staid life in New York: he’s Nick, a policeman pretending he’s a detective while she’s Audrey, his unaware hairdresser wife who pines for more fiction. He owes her a European honeymoon and on their 15 th anniversary, he ultimately 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 sumptuous yacht party hosted by a billionaire( Terence Stamp) who soon turns up dead, leaving the couple as prime suspects.