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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Duer ...
Kevin, Toddler (as Rocky Duer)
Kenneth Franklin ...
Leslie Lyles ...
Smash Lady
Paul Diomede ...
Corrections Officer Al
Michael Campbell ...
Corrections Officer
Prison Boy (as J. Mal McCree)
Mark Elliot Wilson ...
Eva's Lawyer
Dr. Foulkes


Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tenemos que hablar de Kevin  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,587 (USA) (9 December 2011)


$1,738,692 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The project took between three and four years to get made. See more »


At the Christmas party in Eva's workplace a cigarette is put out by sticking it into a Christmas cake. At first we see it being put right next to an elf figure but then after the camera zooms out we see it on the other side of the cake. See more »


Eva: Why would you have something like that?
Kevin: I collect them.
Eva: Doesn't it a weird thing to collect?
Kevin: I don't like stamps.
Eva: Then what's the point?
Kevin: There is no point. That's the point.
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Referenced in Twisted: We Need to Talk About Danny (2013) See more »


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Don't believe the hype - this is AWFUL
1 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film was a flat, lifeless mess. No attempt was made to allow us to get to know the characters, much less understand their actions and motivations. Almost nothing happened throughout the entire movie, other than Tilda Swinton staring blankly at all around her. I felt completely bored and unmoved throughout the whole thing. This is the kind of movie you could watch with the sound off and not miss anything. If you are interested in finding out about the motivations of a young boy who kills his classmates, I suggest you read the truly amazing book, 'Nineteen Minutes' by Jodi Piloult. Now THAT should be made into a film. Just not by Lynne Ramsey! How this managed to win awards I will never know. Do not waste your time!!

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