"Partially Engaging Mystery Comedy"
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MURDER MYSERY depicts beautiful scenery of the Mediterranean and stunning European architecture. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have great chemistry together, but the movie falls short in engaging viewers. MURDER MYSTERY promotes a Christian, moral theme of marriage. At the end, Nick admits his faults, and he and his wife reconcile with love and affection. However, the dialogue often takes the Lord’s name in vain and contains unnecessary conversations about sex. MURDER MYSTERY also has some moderate violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
MURDER MYSTERY stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as Nick and Audrey Spitz, a married couple who travels to Europe for a honeymoon they postponed 15 years ago. Nick, a NYC cop misleads Audrey, a hairdresser, at the beginning of movie by telling her he got a promotion to be a detective and got a raise too. Audrey, complaining that Nick never does anything to be romantic, notes that Nick has never followed through on his promise to take her to Europe. In a moment’s panic, Nick says he already planned the trip as an anniversary present.
Cut to the plane to Europe. Audrey meets a well-groomed gentleman named Cavendish who invites Nick and her to his billionaire uncle’s yacht. After Nick sees that the yacht invitation offers more pizazz than their scheduled bus tour, the two decide to go with Cavendish. While on board the yacht, Cavendish’s rich uncle Malcom Quince gets murdered unexpectedly after announcing that his fortune will go to his new 23-year-old wife.
Multiple characters are aboard the yacht when the murder occurs, which leaves plenty of potential suspects. The cast of characters are questioned by a French policeman and his team before continuing their travels. As they do so, other characters get murdered and the hunt to find out who did it persists.
Things come to a head when Nick and Audrey get into a scuffle about him lying about the promotion and the impromptu decision to go to Europe. To top it off, Nick gets frustrated and puts down Audrey’s profession as a hairdresser. The two part ways for a time, and Audrey goes with Cavendish in a car to get away from the argument. Meanwhile, Nick calls in a favor from a fellow Ney York cop to help figure out whodunnit.
Nick follows Audrey to keep a close eye on her, and the two reunite in a library as they escape someone in pursuit of killing them. How will they fair? Who’s to blame for all the deaths?
MURDER MYSERY depicts beautiful scenery of the Mediterranean waters and stunning architecture of Europe. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have great comedic chemistry but the movie sadly falls short in engaging the audience entirely. Some scenes feel a bit extra while other scenes are jammed-packed full of action and intrigue. Also, MURDER MYSERY takes the name of God in vain in many different variations and contains unnecessary conversations about sex.
Positively, though, Nick eventually admits his fault in lying to his wife, and the two come together and mention several times that they love another, promoting Christian and biblical themes of marriage. The movie also nods to other murder mystery type narratives like the board game Clue and Agatha Christie’s famous mystery novel MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. All that aside, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for the foul language and lewd references. MURDER MYSTERY also contains some moderate violence.