Murder Mystery is the dictionary-definition of background noise, and that is not a bad thing.

Adam Sandler’s latest adventure-comedy Netflix production features the well-known talents of Jennifer Aniston and Luke Evans. Overall the cultural diverse ensemble cast centers around the power trio and carries Murder Mystery to a strictly average, run of the mill, perfect rainy afternoon fodder. Nothing is taken too seriously, and seeing a toned down Sandler makes this movie more palatable than I would have imagined.

The story of Murder Mystery is not complicated: “A New York cop and his wife go on a European vacation to reinvigorate the spark in their marriage, but end up getting framed and on the run for the death of an elderly billionaire.”

Classic hijinks ensue as the Spitz couple (played by Sandler and Aniston) embark on who-done-it murder mystery that traverses a couple countries and results in a couple set-piece comedy scenes, all of which come together for a face-to-face climax.

The best part about Murder Mystery was Sandler and his more submissive demeanor. We are used to seeing some physical comedy in his movies, but it’s kept to a minimum and he best moments are when he makes the classic mistake of making a joke at the wrong time for which Aniston’s character remarks back like a wife who’s heard it all before.

There are some downfalls to Murder Mystery, mainly surrounding the supportive cast of “Clue” characters who are possible suspects in the crime. Some play on stereotypes that just aren’t funny, and others are just pinned in as necessary side pieces needed to carry the plot along to relatively easy-to-guess final twist.

If you are doing work, answering emails, peeling wallpaper or building a TV stand, Murder Mystery is a more than suitable piece of entertainment that’ll pass the time without making you feel like you wasted it.

Stanko Rating: C

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