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  • This was the second film Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams starred in together. The first was State of Play (2009).
  • Planned to be released on February 16, 2018
  • This will be the second film that Michael Cyril Creighton and Rachel McAdams star in together. The first was Spotlight (2015).
  • One of the filming locations was RiRa Irish Pub, 1010 Peachtree Street. NE, Atlanta, GA on April 4, 2017.
  • Kyle Chandler and Jesse Plemons both starred on the TV show Friday Night Lights (2006).
  • Was going to be released on February 16, 2018, but now is planned on a March 2, 2018 release date.
  • Jesse Plemons and Billy Magnussen both appeared in an episode of Black Mirror (2011) in its fourth season called "U.S.S Callister."
  • This was the second film Rachel McAdams and Michael Cyril Creighton appeared in together. The first was Spotlight (2015).
  • The film was promoted on February 12, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia by Micaela Dee and her fellow "Murder Mystery Dinner Theater" players.
  • Director John Francis Daley played Carter in the film. In Horrible Bosses (2011), he played a character also named Carter.
  • Jason Bateman was originally set to direct the film, but Daley and Goldstein would only work on a rewrite of the script if they could also direct.
  • In the film, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams makes a joke about child actors not amounting to much. Bateman was a child actor famous for his role on The Hogan Family.
  • The film contains references to Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rachel McAdams, who stars in this film, had actually previously appeared in the MCU in a role in Doctor Strange.
  • Ryan (Billy Magnussen) keeps referencing an underground fight club. During a guessing game, Max (Jason Bateman) has to get Annie and his friends to guess the actor Ed Norton. Edward Norton was one of the main stars of Fight Club (1999).
  • The opening title sequence shows game pieces from many classic board games including Battleship. Battleship is referenced later on as a game Max and Brooks played as kids. Jesse Plemons who plays Garry had a role in the movie Battleship (2012).
  • The character of Gary Kingsbury was named after John Francis Daley's wife, Corinne Kingsbury.
  • In addition to referring Quentin Tarantino's films, Pulp Fiction (1994) and Django: Unchained (2012), the movie modeled a scene using Tarantino's signature one-take continuous long shot.
  • Prior to filming, the cast members had their own "game night" so they could get to know one another and prepare for the film. They played Clue and Joking Hazard.
  • Both Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler have starred in Grey's Anatomy. Plemons played Jake Burton in season two, a patient with advanced craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. Chandler starred as Dylan Young, from the bomb squad in season two.
  • The movie makes references to two Marvel Comics properties, Iron Man and Hulk. Rachel McAdams starred in a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange (2016).


  • The climax of the films features the three lead actors from the TV shows Arrested Development (2003) (Jason Bateman), Friday Night Lights (2006) (Kyle Chandler), and Dexter (2006) (Michael C. Hall).
  • Throughout the film, various children's games are played while trying to navigate the plot. "Simon says" is played when Rachel McAdams is holding the gun to the kidnappers in the bar. "Hot Potato" is played with the egg. "Charades" is played between Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams at the airport. Kevin and Michelle's argument, their escape from the locked room, as well as Annie removing the bullet from Max's arm, seem to be references to classic board games "Guess Who," "Jenga," and "Operation," respectively.
  • Various connections to the game "Monopoly" are found throughout the film including: Gary's dog (piece), Brooks' car (piece), Brooks buying new property on Boardwalk (board spot), etc.
  • Body Count: 4
  • Post-credit scene: There is a scene after the credits finish that features Gary's ex, Deb, and Not-Denzel.
  • Just prior to getting kidnapped, Brooks says, "The game is afoot," a phrase most famously used by Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams played Irene Adler opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes (2009).
  • Jeffery Wright is uncredited as the actor portraying the FBI agent character.
  • At the beginning of the film, when Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are making out on the subway after the trivia night, a scrolling sign in the background reads: Don't trust Gary.
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