Palisadian Adam Sandler is back on the screen with Jennifer Aniston in the new Netflix hit “Murder Mystery”—and it’s killing the competition. The summer crime/comedy/action caper set a Netflix record when an astounding 31 million accounts watched it the first weekend it was out, making it the biggest first-weekend opening for a Netflix original movie.
In “Murder Mystery” a New York Cop (Sandler) and his wife (Aniston) embark on a European vacation to reignite the spark in their floundering marriage. When the pair are invited aboard a luxury yacht for the weekend, an elderly billionaire dies on their watch and the two are framed as his murderers, forced on the run, bullets and one-liners whizzing by their heads, against the backdrop of authentic, on-location Mediterranean vistas.
Directed by Kyle Newacheck (“Workaholics”) with screenplay by James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac,” “Truth”) the film also stars Luke Evans (“Ma”), Terence Stamp (“Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Extraordinary Children”), Gemma Arterton (“Watership Down”) and Dany Boon (“Welcome to the Sticks”).
Netflix struck a four-movie deal with Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison Productions, in 2014. In 2017, Sandler was signed on for another four-movie deal.
Some of the Netflix content Sandler has produced has been panned across the board, including “The Ridiculous 6,” which notoriously received a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Sandler gave one of the best performances of his career (alongside the likes of Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller) in Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” (also released on Netflix), which encountered mixed critical reception.
“Murder Mystery,” which officially released on Friday, June 14, is available to stream now.