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The Details -- Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks star in this darkly funny comedy about how one perfect couple's small mistake leads to a wild chain of events involving extortion, sex and murder. Laura Linney, Kerry Washington, Ray Liotta round out the all-star cast.
The Details -- When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy's backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder.


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Jacob Aaron Estes (written by)
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Doing the right thing has never gone so wrong.
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tobey Maguire ... Jeff Lang

Gary Schwartz ... Plans Inspector
José Gandara ... José

Elizabeth Banks ... Nealy Lang
Miles Ellenwood ... Miles

Kerry Washington ... Rebecca Mazzoni

Ray Liotta ... Peter Mazzoni
Rose Cano ... Alma

Laura Linney ... Lila
Traci L. Crouch ... Pregnant Traci (as Traci Crouch)

Dennis Haysbert ... Lincoln

Cathy Vu ... Fantasy Fruit Girl
Gretchen Liebrum ... Great Internet Boobs
Marlette Buchanan ... Angela
James Kruk ... Wine and Cheese Man
Lucas Steel Estes ... Ultrasound Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Andris ... Gym Guy (uncredited)
Heidi Barrientes ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Sarah Best ... Basketball player (uncredited)

Nikita Breznikov ... Detective (uncredited)
Breighana Campion ... Extra (uncredited)
Stuart Campion ... Detective (uncredited)
Julian Curelop ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Lindsey Danas ... Lunch Guest (uncredited)

Natasha DuVall ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Amanda Hardy ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

David Kirwan ... Benchwarmer (uncredited)

Zoe McLane ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Lisa Miller ... Mojito Girl (uncredited)

Shanga Parker ... Ron (uncredited)
Jesse James Pattison ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Tom Phillips ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Sam Trammell ... Chris (uncredited)
Aaron Zeichner ... Bench Warmer (uncredited)
Jordan Zeichner ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacob Aaron Estes 
Writing credits
Jacob Aaron Estes (written by)

Produced by
Lynn Givens .... associate producer
Mark Gordon .... producer
Mickey Liddell .... executive producer
Eugene Mazzola .... line producer
Jennifer Monroe .... executive producer (as Jennifer Hilton)
Jennifer Roth .... executive producer
Joel Sadilek .... line producer: additional photography
Hagai Shaham .... producer
Bryan Zuriff .... producer
Original Music by
tomandandy (composed by)
Cinematography by
Sharone Meir 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gavin 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
Stephen Salamunovich 
Production Design by
Toby Corbett 
Set Decoration by
Jean Landry 
Costume Design by
Roemehl Hawkins (costume designer: Detroit)
Christie Wittenborn 
Makeup Department
Danyale Cook .... key hair stylist
Bret Mardock .... makeup department head: reshoots
Jeannette Moriarty .... hair stylist: reshoot
Tania Ribalow .... makeup department head
Kimberley Spiteri .... hair department head
Dawn Tunnell .... key makeup artist
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... make-up effects
Production Management
Zachary Halley .... production supervisor: additional shooting (as Zac Halley)
Zachary Halley .... production supervisor: second unit (as Zac Halley)
Zita Mazzola .... production manager
Leslie Rodier .... post production supervisor
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
Marvin Towns Jr. .... production manager: additional scenes
Marvin Towns Jr. .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Debbie Chung .... second assistant director (as Deborah Chung)
Michael Del Polito .... first assistant director (additional photography)
Jacob Mosler .... first assistant director
Matt Rawls .... second assistant director
Eric Sherman .... first assistant director
Chad Witt .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Barry .... props-set dresser: reshoot
Ben Blankenship .... set dresser
Brian Buchanan .... painter
Rena Bussinger .... set dresser
Alan Certeza .... set dresser
Jeffrey W. Crow .... art department
Will Eaton .... painter
Jem Elsner .... on-set dresser: reshoots
Alan Feffer .... construction foreman
Thomas S. Hammock .... production designer: additional photography
Lisa B. Hammond .... set dresser
Laurie Hicks .... leadman
Monica Jacobs .... art department production assistant
Stephen Klineburger .... carpenter
Melissa Matthies .... property master
Charles Miller .... construction coordinator
Linda Jo Nazarenus .... painter
Ashley O'Neil .... prop buyer
Shefskie Paba .... props
Beth Peterson .... buyer
Laird Pulver .... property master: additional photography
Jeff Ringer .... head painter
Jeff Ringer .... painter
Brett Thomson .... set dresser
Nick Worsfold .... lead greensman
Sound Department
Scott Brewster .... adr supervisor
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Lance Brown .... supervising sound editor
Richard Bullock Jr. .... boom operator
Nash Cubero Jr. .... foley editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Derek Deitz .... assistant sound editor
Jason Dotts .... adr mixer
Joey Feffer .... production sound intern
Steven Iba .... adr mixer
Richard Kitting .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Marts .... production sound mixer
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising adr editor
Stuart Provine .... sound effects editor
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Jamie Scarpuzza .... production sound mixer (Pickups only)
Chris Terhune .... assistant sound editor
Vicki Vandegrift .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Casey Pritchett .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Kenneth Armstrong .... digital effects artist
David A. Davidson .... visual effects supervisor: Solventdreams
Vahe Giragol .... iq assistant
Jamison Scott Goei .... visual effects supervisor
Nick Greenlee .... animator
David Karlak .... lead compositor
Laura LeFaivre .... visual effects producer
Mark Maccora .... digital compositor
Harrison Marks .... visual effects bidding producer
Elizabeth Marriner .... digital effects artist
Sookie Park .... digital compositor
Sim Tuzun .... visual effects estimator
David B. Wolgemuth II .... digital compositor
Megan Taylor .... stunt rigger
Megan Taylor .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark L. Anderson .... camera operator
Edward Barnes .... gaffer
Neil Bestwick .... electrician
Martin Cameron .... electrician
Bruce Carothers .... dolly grip
Mike Commins .... electrician
Ronnie Dennis .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Dave Hayes .... grip
Niall James .... electrician
Karen Korn .... second assistant camera
Isaac Lane .... electrician
Michael LePard .... best boy electric
Allen Liu .... grip: additional photography
Victor Macias .... steadicam operator
Collin Joseph Neal .... camera intern
Jeremy Noggles .... grip
Chris Purkiss .... electrician
Phil Rezek .... grip
James Schlittenhart .... film loader
Warren Yeck .... electrician
Casting Department
Jennifer Cram .... casting associate
Denise Gibbs .... extras casting
Dylan Jury .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bette Adams .... costumer
Nikki Bartnick .... key set costumer
Samantha Kuester .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Sarah Boyd .... consulting editor
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Skip Kimball .... digital intermediate colorist
Robert Leighton .... consulting editor
Michael Nouryeh .... assistant editor
Bryan Park .... film scanning operator: Modern VideoFilm
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Joëlle Taar .... assistant editor
Andrew S. Eisen .... additional editing (uncredited)
Music Department
Vincent Brantley .... composer: additional music
Chris Douridas .... music supervisor
Carly Evans .... music coordinator
Stephanie Lowry .... music editor
Carl Sealove .... music editor
tomandandy .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Bill Benedict .... driver
Leslie Church .... driver
Paulie DiCocco III .... driver: Ray Liotta
David J. Guppy .... driver
Lance Hruza .... driver
Grady Hughes .... transportation
Ronnie King .... transportation captain
Kurt Knudsen .... transportation: re-shoots
Kelly Murphy .... transportation
Joe Solberg .... driver
Rick Wiley .... driver: insert car
Other crew
Joel Baral .... Post Production Accountant
Heidi Barrientes .... extras wrangler
Lorri Bearbower .... studio teacher: additional photography
Brendon Bell .... set production assistant
Caleb Brewster .... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots
Melinda Burns .... production supervisor: additional photography
Robert Burton .... stand-in: Ray Liotta
Devin Z. Clarke .... production assistant
Lindsay Cohen .... script supervisor: additional photography
Cheryl Cowan .... script supervisor
Jessica Davis .... production assistant
Natalya Dobias .... production assistant
Anna Lee du Mas .... production assistant
Doug DuMas .... location manager
Tal Fiala .... account executive
Marybeth Bordeau Flynn .... key production assistant: second unit
Mark A. Freid .... key assistant location manager
Liz Gaffney .... production coordinator: reshoots
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services
Jim Jaffe .... product placement consulatant
Michael Jay .... production assistant
Sam Kellett .... production staff
Alison Kelly .... assistant production office coordinator
Samantha Klapp .... key set production assistant
Eli Martin .... production secretary
Justin Mickelson .... production assistant
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
David Nugent .... craft service
Jared Parsons .... location manager: additional photography
Chelsea Phillips .... production assistant
Jessica Schlueter .... assistant to director
Christopher Scott .... location intern
Christan van Slyke .... production assistant
Marc E. Spivey .... insurance broker
Doug Stapleton .... locations intern
Jason Suhrke .... set production assistant: additional photography
Diane Ward .... production coordinator: additional photography
Jacob Wolf-Saxon .... accounting production assistant
Sofie Gavin-Melamed .... special thanks
Vanessa Gibbons .... special thanks
Nathan Christopher Haase .... special thanks
Samantha Lusk .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, sexual content, some drug use and brief violence
91 min
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In Absolute Power (1997), Dennis Haysbert's character attempts to kill Laura Linney's Character. In this film, his character succeeds.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Near the end of the movie, Jeff comes clean to Nealy. He does this in their car, idling while stopped. The car is a Toyota Prius hybrid, which would typically shut its engine off while stationary or at low speeds. Unless it was deliberately forced to keep running, the idling sound was added afterwards.See more »
[first lines]
Jeff Lang:You know in life when somethings disastrous happens, you go back and replay everything. You see where it went wrong, trying to figure it out. To think through all the little things. You're sifting through all of the details.
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34 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
The Details is not a still life portrait, 9 February 2012
Author: RickRosenthal from United States

The Details goes places where most films these days dare not venture. It's a black comedy but it does not bother to play sight gags of the grotesque. It's a black comedy but it is not afraid to become suddenly dramatic. It strikes me as a generally fearless movie, not afraid to deal with the darkness and ridiculousness of male sexuality (Tobey Maguire plays the part of the likable loser-internet porn lover-sexual deviant exceptionally well), not afraid to allow its characters to express a kind of cartoonish intensity which borders on surreal at times, nor is it afraid to allow its characters to reveal deep human insecurities. The filmmaker seems to be interested in constantly showing you different sides of his characters and his story, as if it was a cubist/surrealist dream/nightmare--his characters have multiple faces, his storyline can be viewed as hilarious or dark and unnerving and sometimes even, sweet. Whereas many films released these days are formally obsessed with fitting into a genre, this movie seems unconcerned in adhering to formal movie tropes-- it is at once a hilarious comedy about a man obsessed with ridding his yard of raccoons, about marriage and silly things-- then -- deftly-- the audience finds itself sliding into an absurd realm of murder and darkness and uncomfortable laughter. The truth is, most movies are one simple thing, easily digested and marketed and discarded--but this is not that. Watching this movie you just know, it was invented with a spirit of anarchy and joy and yet, despite this apparent lack of concern for normal rules of the screen, the story- telling itself still manages to keep us consistently tense and pushed toward an inevitable, at first funny, ultimately shocking conclusion. Playing the part of a cat-crazed, manic- depressive, Susy-home-maker sexually obsessed neighbor, Laura Linney turns in a performance that should make even the most cynical movie-goer prick up his or her ears. Also, Elizabeth Banks stands out in this film, especially in the end, when, after her husband, played by Maguire, finally reveals the truth he has been hiding from her all along (all the horrible things he did in secret over the course of the twists and turns of this movie's wild plot). Her reaction to learning the truth from her husband is at once hilarious and gripping and would probably never be forgotten by anyone who sees it. At the end of the movie, the audience is asked to be complicit in the characters sins (which I won't tell you any more about so as not to spoil things). The characters just "go on" in the aftermath of the mess they've created. That said, one could argue that the end of the film is bleak, and that that is unsatisfying. But I would argue that it is just another part of the filmmaker's willingness to throw caution to the wind: It's as if--after an hour and a half of laughing-- he's saying "yeah, it's funny, but..." Since the sins explored in the details are common sins that get wildly out of control--sins any of us might relate to--the movie plays like an allegory for our shared, collective lack of morality and while it is funny... it is also serious. Some movies are perfect-- they perfectly capture you in a web of sentimentality or comedy or darkness-- this is not that. This is not a still life.

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