Imagine if the movie “Die Hard” tried way too hard to be funny and not just sucked but was painful to sit through because of how offensively bad it was. In a nutshell, that is what watching “Game Over, Man” was like.
I am not exaggerating. This is the worst movie I have seen in a long time. When I sat down with one of my male friends to watch this movie on Friday night, I thought this movie was going to be fun. The ads I saw on Netflix made it look like a more comedic take of “Die Hard.” I thought it would at least be decent. I expected way too much.
The plot is a blatant rip-off of “Die Hard.” This movie stars the three stars of “Workaholic” who are aspiring entrepreneurs working as housekeepers in a luxury hotel who are forced to become heroes when their hotel is invaded by thieves who take guests as hostages.
The film falls flat for many reasons, but because this film compares itself to “Die Hard,” I’m going to do the same thing to explain why.
“Die Hard” works well as a film because of everything that comes together to make it work.
Bruce Willis and his troubled relationship with his wife are interesting enough to keep you invested. Bruce Willis is a self-deprecating and flawed but smart, strong, noble, and likable hero you want to succeed. Alan Rickman is a vicious yet sophisticated villain who keeps the audience guessing and cares about his team who are also interesting to watch. The action is great and suspenseful. The side characters are given interesting stories. Bottom line, the story is interesting.
“Game Over, Man” is not interesting. Period.
The main trio played by Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson are supposed to be three down-on-their-luck dreamers you want to root for. Their personalities can be each summed up in a few words. Alex is enthusiastic and naïve but determined. Darren is a cynical drug-addict. Joel is a closet homosexual who serves as the middle ground.
That sounds fine on paper, but any attempt to make them interesting is destroyed because all they do is make references to sex. That is all any of the cast does.
Alex pulls down his pants and shows his unmentionables unnecessarily. Gay bad guys randomly start having sex. The male manager sexually harasses his female employee. The main villain makes the Instagram star hostage do sexual acts for his own amusement. I could go on. The shock humor is relentless, and for some reason, all of this is supposed to be funny just because it’s mentioned or seen.
“Game Over, Man” has no idea how good shock humor is supposed to work. Shock humor works because it’s unexpected or because it’s happening to certain characters. The English dub of “Ghost Stories” is a great example of this. Even then, it’s best to be used sparingly unless the work is trying to make a point like it does in the few episodes of “South Park” I’ve seen.
This film’s shock humor comes out so often and most of the film’s characters are not made funny enough to have any funny reactions to it, so instead of being funny, it gets dull and gross very quickly. Because of this, the movie is downright intolerable. It is disgusting and unfunny and relies on the lowest common denominator to get a laugh.
“Game Over, Man” is so heavily focused on these sex jokes that most of the characters are reduced to being annoying, dumb, and one-dimensional instead of funny. The biggest offender of this is Alex, who for most of the movie is self-centered and childish to an unlikable degree.
The only character who is a little bit funny in this is Donald, played by Sam Richardson. He is self-aware and realizes he’s only there to be the hacker from “Die Hard,” but his dialogue was a little clever and not filled with sex jokes. That alone made him the most tolerable character in this movie. Sadly though, he is not in enough of the movie to do much good.
To make matters worse, since this film has such dull characters and is such a blatant rip-off of “Die Hard,” there isn’t even any good enough suspense to make it a passable action film. You don’t care about the friendship between the main trio, you don’t care about any of the hostages who are killed or abused, and you know the main trio will save the day anyway, so what’s the point?
It really says something when a group of voice actors improvising an English dubbed script as they go can create a funnier script than a crew that has worked on Comedy Central. Do yourself a favor please and ignore “Game Over, Man” as you would the cringe-worthy jokes of your immature cousins. That is all the attention it deserves.