Netflix’s freshly released Game Over, Man! trailer finds Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm translating their TV chops to film. The trio is best known for their leading turns on their co-created Workaholics, which only aired its series finale in March after a seven-season run. Critically, it was never a particularly venerated series, but it drew in a devoted fan base.
The slacker sitcom starred Anderson, DeVine, and Holm — also known as Mail Order Comedy — as three hard-partying college dropouts living and working together in Rancho Cucamonga, California. By day, they were telemarketers stumbling through the professional world. By night, they were stoner pals struggling to make the leap into adulthood.
Game Over, Man! follows a similar, albeit more action-packed, narrative. According to Netflix, it focuses on three friends who are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor gets kidnapped by terrorists. Holm penned the script, and longtime Workaholics collaborator— and fellow Mail Order member — Kyle Newacheck will direct. Also on board are producers Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) and Seth Rogen.
In the teaser trailer, Anderson, DeVine, and Holm are pictured clad in waiter uniforms and sparking up joints with lighters that look like guns, except one of them actually is a gun that none of them are equipped to handle. It doesn’t give much context beyond the plot already provided, though those familiar with Mail Order’s work should be able to make a good guess about what can be expected.
It will be interesting to see how they shift their brand of toked-up humor to a feature-length format. Stoner comedies are a well-trod genre, and one producer Rogen is also deeply familiar with (See: Pineapple Express, This Is the End). But while the team behind Game Over, Man! certainly knows their material — and audience — it would seem too easy to fall back into familiar territory.
With Workaholics now behind them, Anderson, DeVine, and Holm have an opportunity to push beyond the comfortable cocoon that show afforded them. That doesn’t necessarily mean diving into something entirely disparate, but Game Over, Man! will be a good gauge for whether they’re looking to stake new ground or continue doing more of the same. Thus far, it looks like the latter, but for now it’s too soon to call.
Game Over, Man! hits Netflix on April 20, 2018.