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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  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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The film was chosen to be the opening night feature at The New York Film Festival in September, 2011. See more »


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Michael Longstreet: What happened to your sense of humor?
Penelope Longstreet: I don't have a sense of humor and I don't want one!
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Wonderful little drama/comedy
28 March 2012 | by (San Luis, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Despite it's name, which should imply a very violent movie, this one is a wonderful little movie about social structures and the way its built within us to the point of forcing us to behave in certain ways.

The concept for this movie is simplistic to the maximum level. Just 2 couples discussing terms for their kid's fight. What seems to be a nice meeting to solve the problem soon became a carnage fight (of words only, gladly).

The movie allow us to explore the aspects of each of the 4 personalities, that's it, that's the movie, and it's great, superb, no music, no special effects, no induced drama, no additional details to color the movie. Simple, powerful, nicely done.

From all the movies coming from Hollywood these days, this one is a nice gift, top notch actors, great comedy, nicely put together, what more could you ask.

So, go on, see the movie, what are you waiting for!

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