‘Murder Mystery’ Review: Adam Sandler Delivers His Best Netflix Movie Yet With Help from Jennifer Aniston

Collider | 6/14/2019 | Jeff Sneider
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There may be a low bar, but Adam Sandler‘s latest Netflix movie Murder Mystery is probably his best yet* thanks to the help of an old friend — Jennifer Aniston. Sandler and Aniston previously co-starred in Just Go With It, and while the screen may be smaller this time around, they still have solid chemistry together.

Murder Mystery finds the duo playing blue-collar couple Nick and Audrey Spitz — he’s a cop, she’s a hairdresser — who only seem to travel for funerals, and have never taken the European vacation they’ve always talked about… until now. To celebrate their anniversary, they embark on a globetrotting adventure, albeit one on a budget. However, on the plane they meet the dashing first-class passenger Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans), who promptly invites them to join him in Cartagena, Colombia on a luxury cruise ship, where his wealthy uncle, Malcolm Quince (Terrence Stamp), has gathered his friends and family to discuss his will. The motley crue includes the magnate’s girlfriend (Shioli Kutsuna); his son (David Walliams); a movie star (Gemma Arterton); a Formula 1 race car driver (Luis Gerardo Mendez) who speaks limited English; a funky Maharajah (Adeel Akhtar); a one-handed colonel (John Kani), and the colonel’s massive bodyguard (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson). Audrey is immediately enthralled by Cavendish, while Nick is left starstruck by Arterton’s glamorous Grace Ballard. Director Kyle Newacheck (Game Over, Man!) and writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) actually do a good job of setting up the pieces on this floating chessboard, establishing everyone’s relationship to Quince and their reason for being on the ship.

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Of course, it’s not long before the lights go out and the rich old man is killed, prompting finger-pointing that leads in the direction of suspicious new guests Nick and Audrey — who as Americans, make the perfect patsies. Engrossed in...
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