While “Murder Mystery” still features Adam Sandler’s vigils of racism, body shaming, and misogyny, it doesn’t lean as heavily on its offensiveness, which automatically qualifies it for the top half of its Netflix catalog. so far. Nick (Sandler) and Audrey Spitz (Jennifer Aniston) are a married couple who, 15 years after their marriage, finally go on their honeymoon. Nick books a bus tour of Europe, but when Audrey befriends bored aristocrat Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans) during the flight, they become guests on his uncle’s yacht and suddenly find themselves embroiled – you guessed it – to a murder mystery. Charles’ billionaire uncle, Malcolm Quince (Terence Stamp, who brings a delightfully incongruous gravity to the role), dies just before signing a new will that would leave his entire fortune to his new wife, Suzi (Shioli Kutsuna), and suddenly everything everyone on board the yacht becomes a suspect.
The murder mysteries, especially those featuring dramatic will signatures, are a delightfully fun premise, and Sandler and Aniston are clearly having a good time traversing Europe as corpses continue to fall around them. They have an easy chemistry that works well for the playfully bickering Spitz; in fact, true friends have already packed the sequel to come. “Murder Mystery” isn’t the smartest comedy or mystery, but, ranked on the sliding scale of Netflix Sandler’s work, it’s a bit fun and easier to recommend than previous entries in this listing.