Old-fashioned movie star charm filches a goofy, amiable cinema that places a New York couple in the middle of a European whodunnit
Adam Sandler’s diabolical eight-movie deal with Netflix arrived as both a praise and a blaspheme for those who had actually accepted any of his last eight self-produced theatrical exhausts. While it allowed most of us to simply pretend he had stopped working( degrees for anyone who’s even aware of what Sandy Wexler is ), it also allowed him to continue clearing the same cinemas that even his most impassioned fans 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 film couldn’t capitalise on its big star pairing, their second attempt, the crudely titled Murder Mystery, is a far more satisfying experience, a surprisingly agile summertime humor that receives both Aniston and Sandler at their most alluring. They star as a married couple living a instead staid life in New York: he’s Nick, a cop professing he’s a detective while she’s Audrey, his unaware hairdresser wife who pines for more intrigue. He owes her a European honeymoon and on their 15 th anniversary, he finally 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 comfortable ship defendant hosted by a billionaire( Terence Stamp) who soon turns up dead, leaving the couple as prime suspects.