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Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.

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In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven year old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner. They are: Penelope Longstreet, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, she whose priorities in life include human rights and justice; Michael Longstreet, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation; Nancy Cowan, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman; and Alan Cowan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times. Although the meeting starts ... Written by Huggo

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A new comedy of no manners.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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God of Carnage  »

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French visa # 127909 delivered on 22-9-2011. See more »

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The tulips change positions within the vase multiple times prior to Nancy Cowan attacking them, even though nobody touches them up until that point. See more »

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Alan Cowan: Keep on stroking your own ego. It's beautiful.
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References Ivanhoe (1952) See more »

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A Bushel and a Peck
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Parents, Sons and a Hamster
5 November 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The investment broker Nancy Cowan (Kate Winslet) and her husband, the lawyer Alan Cowan (Christoph Waltz) visit the aspirant writer Penelope Longstreet (Jodie Foster) and her husband, the salesman Michael Longstreet (John C. Reilly) in Brooklyn, New York, to amicably discuss the incident between their eleven year-old sons. Zachary Cowan (Elvis Polanski) hit his classmate Ethan Longstreet (Eliot Berger) on the face with a bat in a Brooklyn Park and the injured Ethan will probably miss two teeth.

Nancy is a stressed woman; Alan is an annoying workaholic that is more interested in taking work calls using his new cell phone; Penelope is researching Africa and was the mentor of the meeting, based on her idealistic sense of justice; and Michael tries to accommodate the situation. Along the discussion, they eat a cake and drink whiskey, and change their civilized behavior, revealing their real feelings about the situation in a clash of egos and war of the sexes.

"Carnage" is a theatrical dark comedy by Roman Polanski about the relationships of parents, sons and a hamster. The cast could not be better and the ironic conclusion shows that in fight of sons, parents should never interfere unless requested. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Deus da Carnificina" ("God of the Carnage")


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