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Funny Games (2007)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  4 April 2008 (UK)
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Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

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In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. Written by MuzikJunky

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for terror, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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4 April 2008 (UK)  »

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Funny Games  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$510,958 (USA) (14 March 2008)

Gross:

$1,294,640 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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Trivia

The production crew used the blueprints from the 1997 original. The set of the house in the 2007 American remake has the same proportions as that of the 1997 set. See more »

Goofs

When Paul "rewinds" the film he presses the Volume Down (-) button on the remote control rather than the Rewind button. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Okay, let's play another game. It's a guessing game.
[Paul takes out a golf ball]
Paul: What is this?
[Paul drops the ball on the floor]
Paul: [to George] Sir?
George: It's a golf ball.
Paul: Correct! It's a *golf* ball... But why do I have it in my pocket? Hm? The lady knows why. Because... Well?
[Paul, exasperated, turns to Peter]
Paul: Well?
Peter: Because you didn't hit it.
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QUINTETT FOR CLARINETT VIOLINS, VIOLA & VIOLONCELLO
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Performed by Hagen Quartett
Clarinett Eduard Brunner
(P: 1988 Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Classics
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Entertaining, Infuriating and very, very sick
25 August 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The premise is not a thousand miles away from William Wyler's "Desperate Hours" but the distances here are measured in a different way. Michael Heneke the "author" of this horror thriller of sorts is at the service of his vision of himself. He's not the first "author" to suffer from the same malady but here it's so bloody obvious that becomes kind of funny. From the opening credits you know that "pretension" will permeate the whole movie and it does but, the funny thing is that it's riveting. I watched the whole nonsense with my mouth open. That's an achievement, isn't it? I haven't seen the original German version (a blow by blow account directed by Heneke himself)but, I must confess, I think I will, I think I want to. Don't ask me why. This is as empty as anything I've ever seen. A public act of obscenity and yet you can't, you just can't look away. Naomi Watts is terrific as the smart middle class wife and mother that will notice for first that Michael Pitt is not that good an actor. She sees through him - who wouldn't? - pretty much from the start. Michael Pitt plays the creep as a creep with good manners. So on the nose that doesn't manage to be frightening. He is shocking because of what he does but not for what he appears to be. He has no sexual presence. Tim Roth, as the weakling husband is disturbingly convincing and the young actor playing their son is truly wonderful. So here I am, talking about a film I kind of detested with unexpected respect. Michael Heneke may be one of those artists who are extraordinary self promoters, but he's an artist none the less and like real artist often do, divide, confront and provoke. So, did I like "Funny Games"? No. Will I see it again? Absolutely.


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