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Demolition (2015)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

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Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful private equity fund partner, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew. Written by Fox Searchlight

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LIFE: Some Disassembly Required.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexual references, drug use and disturbing behavior | See all certifications »

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Demolição  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,098,290, 10 April 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,978,592, 21 April 2016
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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When Davis is in the diner and speaks to Karen while she's in the parking lot smoking pot, he says she's in a Corolla when she is clearly driving a Camry. See more »

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Davis: Who the fuck drives a station wagon?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Davis says: "Warmest regards, Davis C. Mitchell". See more »

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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

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Written and Performed by M. Ward
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By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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good picture, solid message and strong performances
18 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

We must destroy in order to rebuild: the message of the picture is clear, I would say very physically clear, since there's much physical destruction, and I found it a very empathetically convincing message, since who has never felt like destroying a place, just to get rid of the past, of something we hate or no longer stand?

The story develops with a steady and quick pace, but is also intertwined by dreamy moments, which soften the overall realistic attitude of the movie. The incisive soundtrack is also wisely chosen to give more value to some emotionally intense moments or to enliven the atmosphere. The cast does a great job, Jake Gyllenhall truly inhabits his difficult and at times incomprehensible character, and is worthily supported by a never disappointing Naomi Watts, and the little boy offers a good performance, too.

On the whole an enjoyable and also thought provoking picture, which leaves much to think about what could lie beneath the ruins if we had the courage to deconstruct the more or less frail scaffold of our existence.


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