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Funny Games (2007)
"Funny Games U.S." (original title)

 -  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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Funny Games  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,294,640 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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Director Michael Haneke also directed the Austrian original: Funny Games (1997). See more »

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Throughout the movie Paul calls Peter "Tom", and Peter calls Paul "Jerry". These are references to the Tom & Jerry cartoons. They also refer to each other as 'Beavis' and 'Butthead', another cartoon reference. See more »

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Paul: Okay, we bet- what time is it?
Peter: 8:40.
Paul: That in, let's say, 12 hours all three of you are gonna be kaput. Okay?
Anna: What?
Paul: You bet that you'll be alive tomorrow at 9 o'clock and we bet that you'll be dead. Okay?
Peter: They don't want to bet.
Paul: Well it's not an option. There has to be a bet.
[turns toward camera, breaks fourth wall, addressing the audience]
Paul: I mean, what do you think? You think they stand a chance? Well, you're on their side, aren't you? Who are you betting on, hmm?
Peter: But, wait, what kind of bet is...
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TU QUI SANTUZZA
from Cavalleria Rusticana
Written by Pietro Mascagni
Performed by Renata Tebaldi & Jussi Björling
© Sonzogno Warner Chappell Music Limited
By Kind Permission of Warner Chappell Music Limit
(P: 1959 Decca Records Company Ltd (Universal Class
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Dismal Diatribe (that describes the movie and my review)
12 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ZERO ENTERTAINMENT VALUE. Decent acting. Decent cinematography.

An annoyingly lengthy portrayal of exactly what it means to comment on. I watched this movie before reading or seeing anything about it. After I was certain the movie would have no entertainment factor I stopped viewing the movie around half way and just skimmed ahead to confirm my suspicions (thankfully I stole this movie and these filmmakers/actors will not receive a penny from me for their contrived effort...not too many times can I say that completely guilt-free). Had I saw this movie in theaters I would have certainly demanded my money back.

The movie attempts to make a statement about violence in media, particularly American media. It effectively presents the statement I suppose; however, the exact statement is unclear and it is supposed to be somewhat open-ended. I say "somewhat" because it certainly appears the director/writer is wanting violence-ridden Americans to realize how de-sensitized and wanton they've become in their entertainment through questioning why they've watched the movie. The message seems forced, naive and idealistic.

To restate... this film serves PRECISELY ZERO entertainment value. A better forum for this topic might be in a sociological thesis. However, even as a thesis this movie still doesn't bring any new topics to the table (in 1997 or 2008). Frankly the self-critical paternal voice of this and other media annoys me much more than it ever convinces. People DON'T kill people because they see it on TV. They kill people because they WANT to kill people.

As for violence as a whole... violence is violence...it is not good, it is not bad, it is violence. Any other treatment of the matter is simply ivory tower spouting. Certainly saying violence is unnecessary is nothing more than a decadent idea of a kid-hands approach to society. As for violence as entertainment, if we are entertained by it, then it is not exactly surprising. We are human after all. WE ARE VIOLENT. OUR NATURE IS VIOLENCE (fighting is far older than media) get over it already. If anyone wishes to rid the world of this way of thinking it will certainly take a healthy dose of violence.


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