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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 dangerous 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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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:

$42,245 (USA) (15 January 2012)


$1,738,692 (USA) (20 May 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Shown with Assessment (2010) on its original UK release in selected cinemas. 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: So daddy and mommy were looking for him the whole night. And you know why we couldn't find him? Because Snuffles has gone to live in the garden! He's living in the garden now, with a whole bunch of new animal friends! So, they're having a big party tonight... with the chipmunks, and the squirrels, and the coons and they're eating nuts and berries...
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Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »


Written by Buddy Holly & Norman Petty
Performed by Buddy Holly
(c) 1957 Peermusic International Corp. (USA)
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc
Under license from Universal Music Operations LTD
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A horrible adaptation of an amazing book
24 September 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the worst adaptations of a book since 'I, Robot'. However, 'I, Robot' could at least kind of be enjoyed as a film. If you've read the book you will be awfully disappointed. The way this movie was approached completely ignores the emotional complexity of the characters and just has long frames and sequences of pretentious symbolism shoved down your throat ad nauseam in its place. Yes we get it, she's trying to wash the paint/blood/guilt off her hands. Eva is just presented as an emotional wreck with none of the strong, intelligent insight as her paperback counter part. Teenage Kevin is overdone. I actually found kid Kevin to be pretty good. None of the true motivations behind people's actions are explored. For example, a significant part of the book is about the (bad) reasons why Eva and Franklin decide to have a baby, this is then built on later when it turns out Kevin is not quite right as a child and into his teens. The timeline in unnecessarily befuddled. Worst of all, the most cinematic scene in the book (the revelation at the end) is completely mishandled, given away too early and fizzled out in a short frame. Very disappointing - if you haven't already, go read the book, you'll not only understand this better but it is also a fantastic read from an extremely intelligent and articulate author.

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