The talents behind Workaholics have created something new for Netflix. Game Over, Man! follows the same trio on another ridiculous adventure that starts off hilarious and wades a little too deep into silly.
Alexxx (Adam Devine), Darren (Anders Holm), and Joel (Blake Anderson) are three maids at a classy hotel. The inept trio are as ineffective in their jobs as they are on Workaholics. They only get to keep their position because of the chauvinistic owner of the hotel, Mitch (Daniel Stern).
When the hotel hosts a party for a celebrity who found their fame in being filthy rich, Bae (Utkarsh Ambudkar), the three friends decide to pitch him a unique video game idea they have. Their deal is cut short when a terrorist group led by Conrad (Neal McDonough) take over the hotel.
The core cast is strong. They have definitely proven themselves in what they do. Neal McDonough isn’t known for comedies specifically but fans of Legends of Tomorrow know he’s been hamming it up and having a great time as a comedic villain. Veep alum Sam Richardson is the terrorist tech groups Theo. He even calls attention to his role in a nearly breaking the fourth wall reference. A number of stars grace the film acting as themselves in fantastic cameos.
This not at all thinly veiled Die Hard spoof kicks off with the comedy quick. Devine, Holm, and Anderson are the writing, story, and acting talent. Another Workaholics vet comes on board Game Over, Man! Kyle Newacheck helped write and also directed the feature. Newacheck has a ton of production, direction, and writing talent on his resume. It’s clear that these four know their branch of comedy.
Spoofing one of the greatest action movies of all time with some comedians established in their generation was a good idea. Sadly Game Over, Man! couldn’t escape the trappings of Comedy Central’s particular flavor of comedy. The jokes start funny. Characters are established in a fairly obvious way. So far so good. As the movie progresses the ridiculousness always crosses the line on funny to stupid. Workaholics as a series suffers from this in every single episode. The comedic genius of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele couldn’t escape this either where every last skit on their show fell off the comedy ledge.
Crossing that point from funny to plain stupid is too bad in a lot of cases. Game Over, Man! Could have been a refreshing comedy on Netflix, which seriously lacks in genuine humor. The movie isn’t ruined by it but it goes from being something pretty great to something painfully average.
If the over the top stuff works for you Game Over, Man! is definitely your movie. If you like a bit more wit than yelling in your comedic writing it’s not bad on an evening in but nothing you should go out of your way for.