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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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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Chris: [in his kitchen with sledgehammers] What are you exactly doing?
Davis: I'm taking apart my marriage.
[starts swinging]
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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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Written and Performed by Gil Scott-Heron
Courtesy of The Estate of Gil Scott-Heron and Rumal Rackley Administrator
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Perfect mix of drama and dark comedy, very heavy but real and authentic.
25 June 2016 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

I went into watching this movie with no expectations, without even seeing the trailer and trust me that's the best way of seeing this film. Demolition shocks you in the beginning and then you can follow a numb recovery mixed with dark humour, where someone has to deal with losing a person closest to them. While trying to move forward the Davis also has to look back into his life and relationship to make sense of it all.

The acting is superb especially on the part of Jake Gyllenhaal and it engulfs you in a sea of varying emotions where sometimes you're laughing and then you might be crying.


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