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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Mystery  |  20 January 2012 (USA)
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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.



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Walt the Locksmith (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
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A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Written by Koro

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Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$110,775 (USA) (30 December 2011)


$31,836,745 (USA) (23 March 2012)

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Perfect Portrayal of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Child
20 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read a LOT of reviews from people who seem to know absolutely nothing about children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Thomas Horn did an excellent job portraying one. He was very moving in everything he did! I know he did a great job because I have two children with the disorder and he fit perfectly between their two levels of autism. Does he have big beautiful eyes... sure. Don't knock the kid because he looks good. He was spot on with his acting! This story has you feeling all sorts of emotions and by the end of the movie we had all shed a lot of tears. And the tears were caused by what the child was doing to handle his grief and understand why his dad was taken away from him and NOT because it had anything to do with 9/11. My son had lost his mom and the movie brought back all sorts of emotions because he could relate to the child perfectly. This movie has replaced Billy Elliot on my list of most moving story. Not everyone can enjoy this kind of loving and sophisticated story so it might not be for everyone but if you have a heart and have ever lost a parent, I am sure that you will love this movie! Another moving story brought to us by Stephen Daldry!

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