Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston team-up for Murder Mystery, directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt. Sandler has a skill for producing low brow comedies that are either massive hits or dubs.
New York policeman Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) lies to his wife, hairdresser and mystery novel obsessed Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) about passing the detective exam, getting a promotion and a raise. As such, she reminds him of a fifteen-year-old promise about traveling Europe. Nick lies to her about planning one for their anniversary and they are off on a flight. Audrey sneaks into First Class where she meets Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans), a British viscount. He’s going on a yacht trip to Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix. The luxury boat is owned by his wealthy uncle Malcolm Quince (Terence Stamp) who stole his fiancee Suzi Nakamura (Shiori Kutsuna).
Aboard the yacht, the New York couple meet a host of the billionaire’s entourage who all seem intrigued by the out-of-place Americans. When Malcolm arrives, he declares that all of the guests have been removed from his will, including his son Tobias (David Walliams), and is giving all to his future wife. However, before he can humiliate them all with the signing of the will, the lights go out and he is discovered to be murdered.
Before Nick and Audrey know it, each guest has fingered them as a suspect and a nosy French policeman Inspector Laurent Delacroix (Dany Boon). They are then chased across the French Riveria as the killer seems to want to frame them for the killing.
This comedy film attempts to take the “fish out of water” trope and adds a spoof of Agatha Christie to go along with it. The premise itself is a pretty neat concept. Two poor, working-class Americans get thrown in with a bunch of snooty Europeans. That, in of itself, makes it seem interesting. Usually, Europe is often portrayed as superior to America, but here the digs at our neighbors across the pond hit every note from celebrity, to nobility, to the sense of superiority, and even their suspicion of Americans.
That is where the comedy ends. The jokes provided are somewhat mundane, predictable, and repetitive. While Sandler is always good at playing the blue-collar everyman, the rest of the cast just seems to be phoning it in, including Jennifer Aston who has no chemistry with Sandler in this feature.
Bottom line, this is just another lame Netflix comedy that has exactly one laugh out loud moment while the rest brings out the chuckles at best.
FAVORITE QUOTE: The butler did it.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Violence, Brief Sexual Content
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