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Carnage (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  18 November 2011 (Spain)
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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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A new comedy of no manners.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

God of Carnage  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roman Polanski:  The neighbor who opens the door to take a look at what is happening in the hallway. See more »


At the beginning of the film, just before Alan and Nancy try to leave for the second time, there is a camera visible in the mirror. See more »


Alan Cowan: Did you schedule a contingency for litigation?
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Referenced in Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) See more »


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Carnage is an excellent dark comedy which requires multiple viewing
12 March 2012 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

CARNAGE – CATCH IT ( A ) Carnage is one of a kind movie about the meeting held between two set of parents regarding their sons fight in the Brooklyn Park. What starts as a meeting between the parents to determine what led to the fight, turns into the most chaotic day of their lives. Carnage is truly splendid, its four characters in one costume in one apartment. The whole movie is like a theater play where it seems that all is said and done in one shot. Roman Polanski got his hands on some of the most talented actors like Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Walts and John C.Reilly. All the actors have done a tremendous job in showcasing Sensible, Polite, Patient, Direct, Tense, Irritated, Defensive, Outraged, Drunk, Insanity, Chaos, Mayhem, Devastation, Violent, Persuasive, Shocking, Appalling, Juvenile, Massacre and Grotesque emotions. I must say that the ending and the whole hamster story in the movie was hilariously excellent. Overall, Carnage is an excellent dark comedy which requires multiple viewing to understand the characteristics and greatness in the performances of the actors.

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