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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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Phil
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Chris
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Carl
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Margot
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Davis' Dad
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Davis' Mom
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Julia
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Jimmy
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Amy
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Steven
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Todd
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Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, 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)

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$1,098,290 (USA) (8 April 2016)

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$1,822,315 (USA) (15 April 2016)
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Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Davis Mitchell was almost cast as Spider-Man for Spider-Man 2 (2004). Similarly, Judah Lewis who plays Chris Moreno was among the top six actors competing for the role of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). See more »

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At about 1:14:46, while they are, "Taking apart" Davis' marriage, Chris is shown throwing a pry bar at a large flat screen TV which causes a single spider crack. Camera cuts at 1:14:47 to an alternate view and the screen shows no less than three of these cracks revealing it took several takes to get desired bounce of pry bar. See more »

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Chris: [in his letter] Dear Davis, thanks for your letter. I'm recovering slowly but surely. Despite the ass-kicking, I must say, being myself feels good. By the way, mom left Carl, FYI. I have a little gift for you. Be at pier 64 this Saturday at 11:00 A.M. sharp. Trust me.
Davis: [arrives at the location just in time to see a building demolitioned]
Chris: P.S. Go fuck yourself. Warmest regards, Davis c. Mitchell.
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At the end of the credits, Davis says: "Warmest regards, Davis C. Mitchell". See more »


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La Bohème
Music by Charles Aznavour
Lyrics by Jacques Plante
Performed by Charles Aznavour
Courtesy of Barclay France
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Deep and moving movie
10 April 2016 | by (Indialantic, Florida) – See all my reviews

Demolition is an amazing movie, combining several intertwined lines all connecting at the end. There were some heavy and sensitive issues tackled by this film and they did an awesome job.

I thought the script was well written. I must admit, I didn't see parts of it coming toward the end.

I thought the acting was outstanding. Jake keeps himself in incredible shape and he needed to for this role. It was very physical in parts. His character, you have to feel for him and what he is going through, losing his partner. Chris Cooper is one amazing actor. There are bits where the water works almost turn on. Just amazing.


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