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Funny Games (2007)

R | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 4 April 2008 (UK)
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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Rated R for terror, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$510,958 (USA) (16 March 2008)

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$1,294,640 (USA) (27 April 2008)
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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 an is talking to her friend on the phone she mentions that the kitchen clock is broken and it needs fixed. The clock is clearly visible on the shelf to her right. When Peter/Tom comes back into the kitchen for eggs, the clock is missing. See more »

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Paul: So much stress for politeness' sake.
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Referenced in The Cabin in the Woods (2012) See more »

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TU QUI SANTUZZA
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Written by Pietro Mascagni, libretto by' Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti' and Guido Menasci
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© Sonzogno Warner Chappell Music Limited
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(P: 1959 Decca Records Company Ltd (Universal Class
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Reviewed after second viewing
20 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first watched Funny Games (US) and enjoyed it (well, thought it was a film I'd like to watch again), so I bought it. However, half way through a second viewing, I decided I couldn't take any more and turned it off.

Some may say that's a sure sign that it's a bad movie. They may be right - even its star Tim Roth has since refused to watch it. The film is actually an American version (filmed shot for shot) of an Austrian 'home invasion' movie and is supposed to be about 'the nature of violence.' I didn't know this when I first watched it and just looked at it as a horrific film which was deliberately quirky.

It's about a family who get held hostage in their own (holiday) home by two nasty - yet annoyingly polite - young psychopaths. The first time I watched it I stuck with it and thought it was interesting/different enough to warrant a second viewing. I guess the reason I turned it off is because it was just too frustrating to watch. I practically wanted to jump into the TV armed with a chainsaw and... well, I won't give too much away.

If you don't know about the film, I won't spoil the 'weirder' bits. It's definitely not a horror film, as there isn't much blood and gore (what there is happens off screen). It's more an experience in frustration making statements about the audience's desire to witness blood and gore on the big screen. Now, some may say that's a bit pretentious and, if you feel this way, this film probably isn't for you.

If you want to watch this - be prepared for the least 'feel good' film ever made. It's not a horror and it's not a thriller. It's simply an exercise in watching. It's different enough to rise above a lot of its fellow genre films, but may not be everyone's cup of tea and is definitely hard to sit through.


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