Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Adam Sandler’s movies always manage to find an audience. Though Sandler’s movies are usually savaged by critics, more often than not they succeed financially. This includes Sandler’s latest Netflix original movie Murder Mystery which, according to Screen Rant, broke records by having the biggest opening in the streaming service’s history to date. Just 72 hours after its release, Murder Mystery has already been viewed on over 30 million different Netflix accounts. Despite its record breaking success, it does not appear to be doing well critically.
As the title suggests, Murder Mystery is comedy about a murder mystery. Specifically the movie is a spoof of whodunit mysteries much like the plots found in an Agatha Christie novel or even the film adaptation of Clue. The movie was directed by Kyle Newacheck and stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, who previously worked together on the movie Just Go With It. The film centers around a New York cop and his wife who go on vacation to reinvigorate their marriage, only to get involved in a murder investigation.
Murder Mystery is part of the deal Netflix’s made with Sandler back in 2017. Sandler agreed to collaborate with Netflix on at least four movies, and clearly the deal is paying off for both parties. Perhaps this will provide incentive for Netflix and Sandler to continue their partnership.