Review of Game Over, Man!
By: Jason Bechard

Hey, I Watched This! Reviewing Movies I've watched recently.

Hi! Welcome back!

Well, this month's review SHOULD BE less angry. I think?

I watched Game Over, Man! (2018)

Written by Anders Holm, Kyle Newacheck (who also directed), Adam Devine, and Blake Anderson, the group behind the cult TV comedy hit, Workaholics. Holm, Devine, and Anderson also star in the flick, along with Neal McDonough, Rhona Mitra, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jamie Demetriou, Steve Howey, and a slew of B–list celebrities in small cameos.

Here's the IMDB synopsis, "Three friends are on the verge of getting their video game financed, when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists."

Let me preface this review by stating, I am not familiar with Workaholics. I have heard of it, never seen it, and know no one who has. I have seen Adam Devine in a few things, primarily the Pitch Perfect films, and I liked him. Holm and Anderson, I have also seen around, but I'll admit, they didn't stick with me.

Now, I did know, going in, that this flick was going to be a "stoner comedy", which I usually enjoy. (Grandma's Boy is one of my faves and is on regular rotation a couple times a year for me.) What we get here, is a slap–sticky/stoner comedy/parody of Die Hard, and it didn't really work for me.

Visually, it looks good, and by that, I mean, it doesn't look "cheap". This is one of the few "nice" things I can say about it. They do push the envelope with some excessive male frontal nudity, in a few different scenes, which really feels like that was their main goal. Guys let's see if we can break the record for the most screen time for a penises, not in a porn flick! Please don't mistake this statement as any sort of homophobia. I am a red–blooded hetero–sexual male (My Kevin Smith obsession aside), and am confident in my sexuality, but the amount of penis screen time was excessive, which ruins the jokes they are trying to tell.

Story wise, it's ridiculous, which I believe was their aim, and they hit that target. However, it is a bit of a mess. This is not really the type of film that should require you to suspend your disbelief, but it's absolutely necessary while watching it. It's not completely horrible, just weirdly presented. The main characters would never still have their jobs at the hotel, with the stuff they do on the job. The manager of the hotel would have been hit with sexual harassment charges a long time ago. The hotel in the film is supposed to be a Five–star, extravagant place, but they have little to no actually security, nor do we see very many hotel staff, outside of the characters we are introduced to. There's just too much non–sense, that it ruins the flick for me.

The actors, mostly, played their parts well. The lead trio flat–out state their character roles (The Idea Guy, The Tech Guy, etc.) early in the film, and stick to that. Adam Devine plays his character like a few other characters he has played elsewhere. Fast talking, idiotic, and selfish. Holm and Anderson seem like they are just reacting to Devine's idiocy, without really giving any of their own character development. McDonough plays the villain (sort of), in very much the same way we have seen him play other villains in many other things. Not entirely bad, just kind of "one note" from him. Rhona Mitra is the typical villain femme fatale, no real stretch there. Utkarsh Ambudkar is the annoyingly douchey, uber–rich party guy, which was surprisingly "believable".

Everyone else? not too much to mention.

Except for the cameos. Steve–O, of Jackass fame, because Jackass is still thing? Joel McHale, because the director worked with him on Community? Fred Armisen, from SNL and Portlandia, is one small step above a background extra. Chris Pontius, also from Jackass, because he seems to follow the other Jackass guys, whenever the get work. Shaggy (the singer/rapper not the guy from Scooby Doo), because the lead villain is a fan?

Mark Cuban, because, you know, a billionaire party attracts other billionaires, right? Really random cameos, that provide a couple short laughs.

As I said before, this flick isn't totally horrible. It does have some funny moments, and I am sure, fans of Workaholics probably love it. The stoner humor is played minimally and falls flat for the most part. They slip in some male homosexual plot twists, and the gags involved are kind of funny. There are some action gags that are fun, but some of them are also stupid.

As you might have gathered, I don't really like this flick. I don't hate it, but don't really like it. It is not one I will go back to.

Honestly, the best way for me to describe my experience with this flick is…disappointment. I was really hoping for more.

I give Game Over, Man! (2018) 2 stars of out 5.

In the immortal words of Porky Pig, "Th–Th–The, Th–Th–The, Th–Th… That's all, folks!"

See you next month!

Let The Contributor Know What You Think!

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...