‘Ready or Not’ movies full reviews; read now

Families that play Hide and Seek together stay together.  Probably.  Maybe.  Okay, I really don’t know.  Now that I have your attention, let’s get on with the show.


Anyway, the gist of Ready Or Not is that Grace (Samara Weaving) joins Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) in marriage.  We only cut to their wedding day after a scene from 30 years ago sets the tone.  Prior to the wedding, Grace says she can’t wait to be a part of Alex’s “moderately fucked up family.”  It’s quite the descriptor but the sentiment is certainly true.  Anyway, the family includes Alex’s parents Tony (Henry Czerny) and Becky (Andie MacDowell).  Alex’s siblings include Daniel and coke addict Emilie (Melanie Scrofano).  They’re married to Charity (Elyse Levesque) and Fitch Bradley (Kristian Bruun), respectively.  Grace grew up in the foster system.  Marrying Alex certainly gives her the permanent family she’s been seeking for a lifetime.  Oh Grace, if only you knew! 

Within minutes of pulling the card, Grace learns she’s being hunted by her in-laws.  Forget the fact that she probably married into a fucked up family.  They’re also psycho killers!  As a result, Grace goes into bad-ass mode.  I especially love how Weaving portrays Grace as a bad-ass.  There’s a lot of talk online about how Samara Weaving is the poor woman’s Margot Robbie.  Her performance in this film ought to put this to rest.
Henry Czerny is back in the seat again playing yet another unlikable guy.  Unlikable characters cannot escape former Revenge actor Czerny.  This time, he’s starring as the patriarch of a family that requires every new addition to play a game.  Honestly, the whole thing is truly fucked up.  The looks on everybody’s faces are priceless when Grace pulls the card labeled Hide and Seek.  They also know the rules of the game while she’s an outsider.
Aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni) is someone who shows no love for Grace. Helene knows what could happen should Grace still be alive at dawn.  Family tradition holds that the entire family would get killed should their not be a living offering.  Anyway, Helene offers up a lot of moments that lead to many laughs in the film.  I’m not kidding.  From the first time that we see her on screen, laughter begins to start.


Listen, I’m not a fan of horror films.  I am very open about this.  I was still having doubts within the remaining hours before Monday nights screening.  So much that I tweetedthat I don’t know if I’m ready or not for Ready Or Not.  I only made it through the film because of the insane amount of laughs in this truly fucked up horror comedy.  Yes, there were a few times when I did flinch.  More often than not I was laughing up a storm.  Beyond that, there were times when I couldn’t contain myself and was still laughing.  Honestly, Ready Or Not is the kind of film where you laugh so much that it hurts! It’s a classic in the making

Ready or Not’: Say yes to the distress

Directed with great style and sharp comedic/horror timing by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, featuring a bat-bleep crazy script by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy, as well as terrific performances by a talented cast fully embracing the absurdist material, “Ready or Not” is a warped and audacious and absolutely ridiculous slapstick gorefest.
The gross-out visual punchlines might have you doubling over with laughter. Or gagging to the point where you’ll regret ordering those nachos.
The Australian actress Samara Weaving has an appealing, unvarnished, offbeat presence as the smart and resourceful Grace, who is about to be married to Alex (Mark O’Brien), her boyfriend of 18 months.
Grace was raised in foster homes and has no family — but she’s about to become the newest member of the obscenely wealthy, extremely close-knit, blueblood Le Domas clan, who are thrilled about prodigal son Alex returning home. The wedding will be held on the grounds of the family mansion, which has all the welcoming warmth of the Overlook Lodge from “The Shining.”
Seems as if Alex has told Grace very little about his family until very recently. Now that Grace is here, she is determined to win the approval of Alex’s mother (Andie MacDowell), among other family members, and prove she doesn’t care about Alex’s family pedigree or his money — she loves Alex for who he is.
So, it’s like “Crazy Rich Asians,” only much, much crazier.
As the wild-eyed, increasingly intense patriarch Tony Le Domas (Henry Czerny) explains to Grace, the family empire was built on games, starting with the printing and selling of playing cards in the 19th century, continuing through the sales of countless popular board games in the 20th century and expanding to the point where the family owns four professional sports teams in present day.
But it all began with a devil’s bargain that stipulates all family weddings must take place at castle Le Domas — and on the night of the nuptials, after all the other guests have departed, the extended family will gather to play a game determined by the draw of a card.
It might be something as innocuous as checkers or Old Maid. Or it might be something considerably more high-risk, involving Satanic rituals and hooded costumes and “Eyes Wide Shut”-lookin’ masks, and family members wielding shotguns and pistols and axes and crossbows and such.
As you might guess, Grace does NOT draw a card calling for a night of Scattergories.
The ensuing “game” of Hide and Seek has Grace on the run and doing battle with a host of family members and household staffers, most of whom believe if they don’t kill Grace by dawn, the entire Le Domas family will die.
“Ready or Not” includes a sprinkling of sly social commentary about wealth and privilege, but it’s primarily a 21st century version of a blood-soaked, drive-in movie — and on that level, it consistently delivers the goods.
Andie MacDowell is Alex’s mother, an outwardly calm and classy presence who was once an outsider like Grace and genuinely likes her — to a point. Adam Brody turns in solid work as Alex’s hard-drinking and deeply conflicted older brother Daniel. Melanie Scrofano scores some of the biggest laughs in the movie as Alex’s coke-snorting, pill-popping disaster of a sister. And Nicky Guadagni is a hoot as the very scary Aunt Helene, whose Facebook page probably lists “Rosemary’s Baby” as her favorite movie

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