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Murder Mystery 2 Review

by Daniel Reynolds
2.5 out of 5.0 stars

Giving Murder Mystery 2 a low star rating feels meaningless. Adam Sandler knows quite well what this film is and it has nothing to do with making any sort of high-quality cinematic art. The goal is to share a few yuks, maybe shoot in some nice locations (that aren’t green-screened?), and get the product streaming into the world without much fuss. Well, that’s a job, done.

For the sequel, amateur detectives Nick (Sandler) and Audrey Spitz (Jennifer Aniston) have turned pro, rolling their accidental success of the first film into a private eye business. As we quickly learn, however, they’re having trouble getting clients, which has them bickering more than usual. That is until their friend the Maharajah (a returning Adeel Akhtar) invites them to his tropical getaway wedding, gets himself kidnapped, and inadvertently sets Nick and Audrey up with their next mystery to solve. True to its title, Murder Mystery 2 is about as simple as that. In a brisk 90 minutes, we meet the rest of the suspects, including Melanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Tony Goldwyn; there are more than a few running gags (a couple of which elicit chuckles); and everything gets tied up with a nice neat bow by the end. As directed by Jeremy Garelick and written by James Vanderbilt, the film doesn’t ask too many questions or push any boundaries (save for a bit of goofy violence), it just hits its marks. This is the Sandman in family mode, riffing on diapered flamingos for the kids while dishing “take my wife, please” one-liners for the parents.

So yes, in all Murder Mystery 2 is a modest affair. Sure, the stunt budget looks to have been blown out, and at least one of its international sets is a real place (maybe?), but the overall effect is still just mildly pleasing. Of course, there’s no deeper meaning to be found by design. Sandler and Aniston mug for the camera, solve the mystery, and Netflix auto-plays the next film in the queue.

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