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Funny Games (1997)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 11 March 1998 (USA)
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

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Two seemingly well-educated young men, who call each other Paul and Peter among other names, approach a family on vacation. They are, apparently, friends of the neighbors, and, at the beginning, their true intentions are not known, but soon, the family is imprisoned and tortured in its own house violently, which the viewers are forced mostly to imagine and to share a certain complicity with the criminals. It might be some kind of game with the lives of husband, wife, son, and dog, but why are they doing it? Written by Luis Canau <luis.canau@mail.EUnet.pt>

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Brincadeiras Perigosas  »

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While launching the sailboat, the son is seen (from a distance) wearing a swimsuit. Next, at the dock -and still in the boat- he is fully clothed. See more »

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Anna: Björling... Suliotis?
Georg: Almost. Björling is easy.
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Featured in Mein Leben: Michael Haneke (2009) See more »

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Tu Qui Santuzza
from Cavalleria Rusticana
Music by Pietro Mascagni
Published by Historical Decca 425985-3
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Nothing to see here, move on
12 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I have seldom tried to watch the movies rated highly by critics. And, yes I do go by the critics reviews by heart. But in the case of this movie, I suppose the critics have gone awfully wrong. I mean unless the critics themselves have seen this type of genre more than enough, they would be in a good position to review this title. I am sorry but I have seen better than this and this was like total waste of time. The movie's pace is too slow, it is not that gripping and the story line is much too predictable. The movie failed to grip my attention as a horror thriller should have. These type of dark movies generally end with a sad ending or a mixed emotion ending - leaving something for the viewer. This movie left neither, the acting seemed awful, the direction was awkward or perhaps this movie could have been shot by any amateur. All in all a total waste of my time!


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