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Murder Mystery is a 2019 comedy mystery film released by Netflix and starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Luke Evans.

It follows a married couple on a trip to Europe who are caught up in a murder investigation on a billionaire's yacht.

A sequel, titled Murder Mystery 2, was released on March 31st 2023.

This film contains examples of:

  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Nick shoots Grace in the shoulder, but he was aiming at the foot.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    • French inheritance law comes in handy as Nick and Audrey realize who's the killer or one of them, at least.
    • The bus that Nick and Audrey decide not to take early in the movie. It ends up hitting and killing the last murderer while he's standing in the street.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Sergei mentions that Malcolm's previous wife died giving birth to a child that also died. Grace turns out to be the child, who was given in adoption since she was a girl, instead of the boy Malcolm wanted.
  • 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.
  • Cold Ham: Terence Stamp makes the most of his short screen time in a withering speech.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Hypocritical Humor: One of the first things Nick tells everyone else after Malcolm is murdered is to not touch the body. When he decides he wants to wear a suit for the climax, he steals it off Cavendish's cooling body.
  • Never One Murder: Before the end of the film, they're up to five.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Rivera acts as if he can't understand a word everyone else is saying, but he actually speaks multiple languages.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: When everyone is celebrating that Grace was arrested, Audrey thanks Juan Carlos for helping stop the killer and he thanks her before he walks away. Audrey realizes a few seconds later that he clearly understood her, unlike all his previous Funny Foreigner moments.
  • Spanner in the Works: If Cavendish hadn't invited Nick and Audrey to the party, Grace and Juan would have been able to get away with the three murders.
  • Spiteful Will: Malcolm brings his business partners and family together to tell them they suck before preparing to change his will in front of them so everything will go to Suzi. Three guesses what happens when the lights go out.
  • 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 (though to be totally fair, the guy kind of has a point on that one).
  • Vertigo Effect: When Nick and Audrey realize that Juan is the second murderer.