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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 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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Also Known As:

Demolição  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,822,315 (USA) (15 April 2016)
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Trivia

Third film to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper, after Jarhead (2005) and October Sky (1999). See more »

Goofs

After incorrectly swiping left from the lock screen to read his father's text message, he swipes left to exit the Messages app. You cannot exit by swiping left; you must swipe right. The actor is clearly looking at screenshots in the Photos app. See more »

Quotes

Chris: [shopping at the hardware store] Why you buying all this shit?
Davis: Uh, the tools of the trade, my young friend.
Chris: What trade would that be?
Davis: Destruction, devastation. I mean, haven't you ever wanted to just smash the shit out of something?
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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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Most original movie in 2016
2 July 2016 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

FYI: I don't review a lot of movies, except when I feel like I need to tell the world about how they would be missing out if they decided not to watch it. That's how I feel about Demolition. Plus, I've never voted for a 10/10.

Jake Gyllenhaal steals the show, once more. His performance astounds me in every single movie, and just when I thought, oh this may be the first movie I'll watch where he'll disappoint; he does the opposite. I also think that the trailer is way less exciting than the movie.

This story is so honest, refreshing, naked, thrilling, and yet dreamy at the same time. Most of the movie I was sort jealous of them, of the way they are dealing with life. It's disturbing and quite wacky to be honest, but still. The way Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal portray the characters is phenomenal. Great casting. Also the kid does an amazing job.

This movie portrays how people are far from perfect, and not in a way we've all seen before. It's original, moving, and a pleasure to watch.


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