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When Netflix announced in 2016 that they had signed a film deal with the creators and stars of the Comedy Central series “Workaholics,” one of my all-time favorite shows, I was instantly intrigued. So, when it was finally released at midnight on March 23, I watched it immediately.

The movie, entitled “Game Over, Man!” is the brain child of the Mail Order Comedy crew, which consists of Kyle Newacheck, who directed the film, and Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson, who served as the lead actors and producers.

The foursome was also joined in production by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, whose comedic credits are too long to list.

In truth, “Game Over, Man!” was exactly what I expected. By no means is it going to be critically acclaimed or win any Academy awards, but it is entertaining.

The debut film for Mail Order Comedy is simply the product of four friends taking advantage of an opportunity to be as ridiculous and gratuitous as possible.

Essentially, the movie places the “Workaholics” guys in the plot of a “Die Hard” sequel. Alexxx (DeVine), Darren (Holm) and Joel (Anderson) are hotel housekeepers and best friends who call themselves the “Dew’d Crew” (because they drink a lot of Mountain Dew) and despise their lives.

When their boss, who is played by Daniel Stern (“Home Alone”), informs them they will be working overtime to clean up after the party of billionaire heir Bey Awadi (Utkarsh Ambudkar), they resolve to pitch him one of their many get rich schemes.

Predictably, things don’t go as planned, but their idea is genius. It’s a virtual reality videogame console called “Skintendo” which has the user wear a sensor suit to control their in-game avatars.

While this technology doesn’t exist in the real world, it certainly could happen within our lifetimes.

Meanwhile, a group of criminals has infiltrated the hotel party by posing as Awadi’s security team.

Armed with machine guns and C4, they quickly lock down the building and hold all of the party guests hostage by placing C4 collars around their necks.

Their goal is to force Awadi to transfer his fortune into an offshore bank account by any means necessary, including killing a hostage every 15 minutes.

As the “Dew’d Crew” heads back to a vacant room to lick their wounds, they narrowly escape their first encounter with the villains and panic sets in, setting up arguably the most memorable scenes of the film.

I don’t want to spoil the entire sequence, but it involves Alexxx pretending to have died via auto-erotic asphyxiation in order to hide from the pursuing gunmen.

After miraculously avoiding death and fighting off their attackers, the trio realizes that they are the only option to save Awadi and his friends.

What follows is an intense and hilarious journey containing many hysterical moments and absurdly gruesome violence as they attempt to become heroes.

Although the plot is relatively predictable, there are numerous impressive cameos buried within that help the film maintain an element of surprise.

You truly never know who is going to randomly appear on screen, although they frequently meet a brutally unfortunate end.

The eclectic roster of guest appearances includes Fred Armisen, Cloris Leachmann, Shaggy, Steve-O and many more.

While it is still early, the critics have been expectedly harsh when reviewing this film.

But don’t let them deter you from giving it a watch.

If you enjoy “Workaholics” and action comedies that do not hold back, I guarantee “Game Over, Man!” is worth your time.

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