Murder Mystery is worth watching if:
- You adore Adam Sandler or Jennifer Aniston.
- You want a light and goofy mystery.
- You’re looking for the Adam Sandler comedy with the fewest fart and poop jokes possible.
Murder Mystery is not worth watching if:
- You expect a serious or dramatic mystery.
- You watch Adam Sandler movies for the gratuitous cleavage.
- You expect the plot to blow you away.
- A solid performance by Jennifer Aniston makes up for her underwhelming script.
- Adam Sandler competently plays himself and drops a handful of funny lines.
- The jokes that miss aren’t offensively bad.
- While much better than the characters in The Ridiculous 6, the Murder Mystery ensemble is still pretty lame.
- The whole ‘mystery’ itself is a fun ride, but none of it feels too impactful.
- Wastes a lot of potential behind the fun premise.
score: 65% CHILLIN
One sentence story summary: On a long-awaited trip to Europe, a New York City cop and his hairdresser wife scramble to solve a baffling murder aboard a billionaire’s yacht.
Another day, another Netflix comedy courtesy of Adam Sandler. Just one look at the title and you should know what this one’s about.
The Netflix Original Murder Mystery follows in the suit of other Sandler productions like The Ridiculous 6 and more recently The Week Of, with a plot centered around a large supporting cast of characters and personalities.
The Ridiculous 6, Netflix’s first ever original movie, was a silly story littered with stereotypical characters, starting with Sandler himself, who were frankly far too ridiculous. Murder Mystery follows a similar formula, only the stereotypes here are a little less stereotypical, and Sandler (fortunately) sticks to what he knows by playing the sort of on-screen version of himself he’s done so many times before, rather than adopting one brutal accent or another.
If you couldn’t tell by the admittedly great and simple title, Murder Mystery is what you get when Adam Sandler makes a movie inspired by the board game Clue. It’s not scary nor is it meant to be, but there’s some suspense, a handful of action scenes, and a lot of lighthearted jokes. The film is centered around Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as a financially struggling couple who go on a long overdue (murder-filled) honeymoon. Unlike many Sandler movies, the relationship doesn’t feel like the focus here, as the wacky plot takes precedent over some morale-of-the-story Hallmark moment.
The film is far from perfect and from a quality perspective never really feels like something you’d go see in a theatre on the big screen. If Jennifer Aniston wasn’t so impressive at acting in her mundane role, the film could easily have turned terrible. The story and writing are meh at best, the French detective tasked with chasing the murderer is painfully dumb and unbelievable, and the whole ‘mystery’ itself won’t blow you away.
With that said, the fun premise and solid performances from Sandler and Aniston make it a perfectly watchable experience while you wait to see how it all plays out. It’s a particularly good choice for any Sandler bros or bro-ettes out there looking to watch one of his least crude comedies, which could be helpful if you plan on watching it with someone who gags just upon seeing Mr. Sandler’s moustachioed face.
We would still recommend his last Netflix comedy The Week Of if you’re after a better movie, but if you just want some dumb fun, you should make it through Murder Mystery alive and well.
The Week Of includes Netflix Original Regulars:
Adam Sandler as Nick Spitz