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Downsizing (2017)

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A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

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Alexander Payne
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Paul Safranek
Christoph Waltz ... Dusan Mirkovic
Hong Chau ... Ngoc Lan Tran
Kristen Wiig ... Audrey Safranek
Rolf Lassgård ... Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen
Ingjerd Egeberg ... Anne-Helene Asbjørnsen
Udo Kier ... Konrad
Søren Pilmark ... Dr. Andreas Jacobsen
Jason Sudeikis ... Dave Johnson
Maribeth Monroe ... Carol Johnson
Jayne Houdyshell ... Paul's Mother
Phil Reeves ... Audrey's Dad Larry
James Van Der Beek ... Anesthesiologist
Alison J. Palmer Alison J. Palmer ... Anesthesiologist's Wife
Tim Driscoll ... Good Friend Tim (as Timothy Edmund Driscoll)
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Storyline

"Downsizing" follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to five inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.

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We are meant for something bigger. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Norway

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Downsizing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,954,287, 24 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,449,754, 1 February 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,716,619, 26 January 2018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene,Ngoc Lan (Hong Chau) scolds Paul for saying bad language. In Matt Damon's previous film, The Martian (2015),his character was also scolded by a person for swearing. See more »

Goofs

At Paul and Audrey's farewell party, Leisureland on the cake is spell incorrectly spelled Liesureland. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Andreas Jacobsen: [in Danish to technician who has rushed into his office] Yes, Jørgen?
Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen: [in Norwegian] We have it... Andreas, we have it... It works!
[the embrace]
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The first half of the end credits feature the camera zooming out from the chest outward of Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing Vitruvian Man. See more »


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Keep on Truckin'
Written by Leonard Caston, Anita Poree & Frank E. Wilson (as Frank Wilson)
Performed by Eddie Kendricks
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Downsizing: Not a "Traditional" movie
1 February 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Downsizing is an odd little creature, it's highly original but barely constitutes as a movie.

What I mean by that is it doesn't have your traditional beginning/middle/end and has very little that would constitute as a story.

Set in a world where to save the environment "Downsizing" is created. Where a person is shrunk down to 5 inches in size and lives out there life in a miniature town/settlement. Because of the decreased size they receive increased wealth and live in luxury while leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

Fantastic idea, both for a movie and perhaps the real world. I'd be interested in seeing a poll on the subject to gauge how many would be up for doing such a thing. So with such a genius concept the film will be great? Right?

Well as mentioned sadly it doesn't have a story, it just follows someone as they take part in downsizing and that's basically it. It has no structure, it has little point to be fair.

The film to its credit does have a great cast but an odd number of the notable names have criminally small parts. Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Udo Kier, Christoph Waltz, leading man Matt Damon and the adorable Hong Chau who stole every scene.

Downsizing has a charm, but it has little substance.

The Good:

Very original stuff

Hong Chau

Great social commentary

The Bad:

No real plot to speak of

Some cast members are wasted


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