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Murder Mystery

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Passable comic mystery has violence, swearing, sexual jokes.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Good triumphs over evil. Honest communication is important in marriage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though often bumbling and incompetent, heroes are brave, resourceful, persistent. Their marriage is flawed but solid. Comic stereotypes: vain actress, arrogant rich folks, maharajah who plays "homeboy," and trophy wife. Ethnic diversity.

Violence

Murders -- by dagger, arrow, poison, gunshots, "suicide" -- all with comic intent (e.g., dagger is pulled out and pushed back in) and exaggerated; bodies are sometimes bloody. Chases -- on foot, in cars. Characters are held at gunpoint, threatened with death, teeter on the ledge of a building. One hard fist blow.

Sex

Comic sexual jokes, innuendo, and references (e.g., "eggplant and donut," "Mediterranean queen"), conversations about sexual prowess, marital sex, infidelity. A long slapstick scene shows a couple trying to have sex (clothed), to no avail.

Language

"S--t," "d--k," "t-t," "ass," "pr--k," and sexual jokes ("getting laid").

Consumerism

Images and/or references to: Claritin, Allegra, Tag Heuer, kimoa.com, Amazon gift cards, Labatt's beer, M&M's, Marshall's, Target, Ferrari, Chandon.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol in social settings on multiple occasions. No drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Murder Mystery is a lighthearted comic whodunit released by the ongoing Netflix/Adam Sandler partnership. Set in numerous European luxury resorts and towns and on the Mediterranean Sea, the movie features Sandler and his co-star Jennifer Aniston as a married Brooklyn couple who get caught up in a series of jet set murders. Viewers can expect lots of action -- much of it exaggerated slapstick -- that includes murder by gunshot, poison, and dagger, with some bloody images. In addition, there are chases and life-threatening situations (e.g., a harrowing moment on a hotel ledge). Language includes both cursing ("s--t," "d--k," "t-t," "ass," "pr--k") and sexual jokes ("getting laid," "the boat does all the work"), along with sexual conversations (about waning marital sex, infidelity, and more). One farcical scene shows a clothed couple unsuccessfully attempting to have sex with wild abandon. Many commercial products referenced or on display. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjamshar June 23, 2019

Not for kids

My wife and I watched this today and would have passed had we seen any reviews about the language content, so I decided to write one myself. There are severa... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+ and 18+ year old Written bynuenjins July 7, 2019

Average comedy runs too long and plot is a mess.

Adam is not a genius but at least he's not on full throttle with his annoying "accents" or grating caricatures in this one. The "murder myst... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKaki July 7, 2019

Entertaining, light, fun mudermystery!

One of the best Netflix originals I've watched. The movie is not super high quality and serious, but that's what I enjoyed about it. It has just what... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 29, 2019

A bit confusing

The movie wasn't really inappropriate just had adult themes or jokes that went over my head, so it made it on the boring side. There is a lot of plot holes... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler), a beat cop, and wife Audrey (Jennifer Aniston), a hairdresser, are celebrating their 15th anniversary in MURDER MYSTERY. On a whim, Nick (forlorn because he's failed his police force's detective exam for the third time and has lied to Audrey) "surprises" his wife with a long-promised but belated honeymoon trip to Europe. An encounter on the plane with a wealthy viscount (Luke Evans) unexpectedly leads the two Brooklyn locals to a stay on a luxury yacht owned by Malcom Quince, a super-wealthy octogenarian (Terence Stamp). On their very first evening aboard, Quince is quickly dispatched by an antique dagger. The yacht is brimming with family and friends who wanted the man dead. Nick and Audrey (feeling well-prepared because of her addiction to murder mysteries) set out to identify the killer. Unfortunately, all clues point to the Spitzes themselves ... and the mayhem begins. 

Is it any good?

A step up from earlier Netflix-Sandler collaborations that celebrated raunchy, gross-out humor, this mildly entertaining film is an attempt to spoof old-fashioned murder mysteries. It showcases the comic strengths of its two stars; Aniston is particularly funny in a very earnest way while Sandler prefers the bonehead approach, but both work. Led by director Kyle Newacheck, Murder Mystery presents lots of familiar situations common to the genre -- suspects gathered together and eliminated one by one, extended chase sequences, a scramble to safety on a high window ledge -- and they're effective, but routine. Everyone seems to be having a great time as the prime suspects (and all the cast and crew) get to make their magic in some of the most beautiful places on the Mediterranean Sea.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Murder Mystery. How much of it was intended to be taken seriously? Is comic violence less disturbing than dramatic violence? Why or why not? At what age do you think kids can tell the difference?

  • The movie is filled with comic stereotypes. In some instances, stereotypes can simply be funny and not offensive. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use the characters in this film to support your answer.

  • Adam Sandler, a box office record-setter, appears in an assortment of film genres (gross-out comedies, parodies, high-brow comedies, and dramas). If you're a fan, in what roles do you like him best? Why? 

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