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Murder Mystery is a 2019 comedy mystery film released by Netflix. The film stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Luke Evans, and follows a married couple on a trip to Europe who are caught up in a murder investigation on a billionaire's yacht.


This film contains examples of:

  • Audible Sharpness: This trope is pushed to the ultimate extreme when pulling a dagger out of a dead body causes the metallic "zing" sound.
  • Balcony Escape: Nick and Audrey are forced to do this to exit Sergei's room, allowing them to rule out three of the suspects of his death by witnessing them in passing.
  • Bluffing the Murderer: Attempted, and failed, as the accused murderer acknowledges the truth of the evidence, but coolly denies the murder, and the Interpol detective rightly points out that they need real evidence.
  • Broken Pedestal: Nick and Audrey are huge fans of Grace, who is a famous actress. She turns out to be one of the murderers.
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  • The Butler Did It: Not an actual Butler, but one character involved in the murder had changed their name because it was originally Butler...
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • If an ancestral dagger is being introduced, of course it's going to be used as the murder weapon...
    • The bus that Nick and Audrey decide not to take early in the movie. It ends up hitting and killing the last villain while he's standing in the street.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: It's established in one scene that Nick studied Latin in high school instead of a more useful language. Of course, it comes in handy two scenes later to communicate with someone who doesn't speak English.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Nick and Audrey quickly figure out everyone has a good motive for the murder.
  • Family Extermination: In addition to Malcolm, his nephew and son are being targeted for murder.
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  • Genre Savvy: Played with. Audrey is a fan of murder mystery novels and tries using this knowledge to help solve the murder. Nick, who is an NYPD officer, keeps having to explain to her how actual police procedure differs from books and that everything she does only causes the inspector to consider them suspects. On the other hand, her assumptions keep pulling them to the next clue...
  • Never One Murder: Before the end of the film, they're up to five.
  • Suspect Existence Failure: Every time Nick settles on a suspect, they're murdered.
  • Thriller on the Express: The film ends with Nick and Audrey receiving complimentary train tickets. On the Orient Express.
  • Two Dun It:
    • Nick's original theory has Charles and Suzi conspiring (which they are, but unsuccessfully).
    • Then he theorizes it's Grace and Tobias, which is half right.
    • The actual killers are Grace and Juan.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: Before the events of the film, Malcolm stole the fiancées of two of the suspects, and treated his son poorly for being gay. Shortly before dying, he tells everyone they're leeches and that he plans to cut them out of the will to spite them.

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