(2019) (Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Mystery: When an elderly millionaire's death is ruled a suicide, a master detective is hired to prove it was murder and it soon becomes clear that nearly all of his immediate family are suspects.
- When a best-selling, multi-millionaire mystery novelist named Harlan Thrombey (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER) commits suicide, his family gathers to mourn him ... and to see what he left them in his will. But first things first. They have to answer questions from police Lieutenant Elliott (LaKEITH STANFIELD) about the circumstances surrounding Harlan's death. The more he probes, the more it becomes clear that the interrogations are being driven by an intrepid private investigator named Benoit Blanc (DANIEL CRAIG), who has been hired by an anonymous source to prove that the elderly man was actually murdered.
Blanc comes to believe this is true and quickly focuses on Harlan's eccentric family members. There's his daughter, Linda Drysdale (JAMIE LEE CURTIS), who Harlan loaned a large sum of money to launch her successful business, and her husband, Richard Drysdale (DON JOHNSON). Linda and Richard's never-do-well son, Ransom Drysdale (CHRIS EVANS), is also in the mix, as is Harlan's son, Walt Thrombey (MICHAEL SHANNON), who has been running Harlan's publishing empire. Finally, there's Joni Thrombey (TONI COLLETTE), Harlan's former daughter-in-law who he still helps out by paying her daughter, Meg's (KATHERINE LANGFORD), college tuition.
But Richard is cheating on Linda, and Harlan knew about it. Ransom and Harland quarreled behind closed the doors the night of his death, and no one knows about what. Harlan had just fired Walt from the family business in the hopes that he would stake his own claim in the world. And Harlan recently found out that Joni has been skimming from the tuition payments for years and had called her on it. Meanwhile, Harlan had gotten close to his full-time nurse, Marta (ANA de ARMAS) and loyal housekeeper, Fran (EDI PATTERSON). Any of them could have killed the man.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens may be attracted to its large, appealing cast that includes Chris Evans of "Captain America" fame, Katherine Langford of "13 Reasons Why," and Lakeith Stanfield of "Get Out."
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements, brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.
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