Game Over, Man! (2018)

Just in case you thought Paul Blart: Mall Cop wasn’t dumb enough, now we have Game Over, Man!, which might be the second worst “Die Hard, but with loser protagonists” movie we’ve ever seen. The Blart sequel, of course, is worse—it earns that title based on having no laughs, compared to the select few that occur in this one.

Game Over, Man! is going to be described as the Workaholics movie, in large part because it stars the three leads of that show—Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson—was written by Holm, and directed by Kyle Newacheck, who was one of the creators and directors of the show. While it’s not technically related, it doesn’t represent the show or these people very well. If you’ve never watched Workaholics, it’s hard to imagine this would do a very good job of making you want to.

Alexxx (DeVine), Darren (Holm), and Joel (Anderson) are slacker housekeepers at a pretty nice hotel. The hotel is throwing a party for a celebrity (Utkarsh Ambudkar), but it gets interrupted by a couple of villains (Neal McDonough and Rhona Mitra), who want the celebrity’s money for reasons that don’t matter. Money’s money, right? Everyone except for these three guys wind up trapped in the party room, the building is wired with explosives that will trigger if anyone tries to enter, so it’s up to them to save the day. They’re too idiotic to do anything good intentionally, so it winds up boiling down largely to a series of unintentional successes the film tries to pass off as jokes.

The problems arrive early and frequently. They mostly come down to Game Over, Man! lacking in jokes. While Holm is credited with the screenplay, it feels like a first draft—the type that probably should have gone through a committee of TV writers who could’ve sent it back for more than a few edits. The other main problem comes from these characters, who are awful people and continue to be awful people throughout. They’re lazy, selfish, and annoying. There’s no growth and no reason to root for them—except for the basic humanity of not wanting to see a bunch of nameless extras, many of whom played by pretty famous people, die, of course. But they’re just movie people, and we need more of a reason than that.

It’s important to remember that Die Hard is actually pretty funny—decidedly more so than most of its knockoffs.

There are a lot of famous cameos, most of which are more distracting than endearing. “Hey, remember this famous person? They’re going to die now. That’s so funny!” That’s the crux of most of its jokes. The other attempts come from the interplay between the three leads, who have chemistry but little more. They’re bad people and they’re not funny, so who thought it was a good idea to make them the leads?

A couple of them don’t have a ton of screen presence, either. Adam DeVine does, and he is the only lead worth watching. Anders Holm and Blake Anderson wind up falling into the background—they’re non-entities for most of the production. Utkarsh Ambudkar gets more laughs than the three combined in significantly less screen time. So does Rhona Mitra, as a no-nonsense villain. Meanwhile, Neal McDonough’s involvement only serves to remind us that he already did this in Paul Blart and he wasn’t good there, either.

It’s important to remember, when it comes to discussing “Die Hard with losers” movies like Game Over, Man! and Paul Blart: Mall Cop that Die Hard is actually pretty funny—decidedly more so than either of those examples, and probably more than whichever one you’re thinking of. It also has a character we can root for, an engaging villain, and great action. Game Over, Man! has a couple of jokes that land, but is mostly a waste of time and talent.

Conclusion: Game Over, Man! is annoying and not very funny.

Recommendation: Even Workaholics fans might want to skip this “Die Hard with losers” movie.

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