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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Director:

Stephen Daldry

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Thomas Schell
Thomas Horn ... Oskar Schell
Sandra Bullock ... Linda Schell
Zoe Caldwell ... Oskar's Grandmother
Dennis Hearn Dennis Hearn ... Minister
Paul Klementowicz ... Homeless Man
Julian Tepper Julian Tepper ... Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds Caleb Reynolds ... Schoolboy
John Goodman ... Stan the Doorman
Max von Sydow ... The Renter
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Walt the Locksmith
Lorna Pruce ... Locksmith Customer (as Lorna Guity Pruce)
Viola Davis ... Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright ... William Black
Hazelle Goodman ... Hazelle Black
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Storyline

A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Written by Koro

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Extremely Sweet & Incredibly Heartwarming


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,775, 30 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,847,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,247,881
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shipped to some theaters under the name "The Locksmith". See more »

Goofs

Oskar wakes to the sound of an analog alarm clock. The time on the clock says 6:00, but the little hand that indicates the alarm time says 7:00 (at around 5 mins). See more »

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Oskar Schell: There are more people alive now than have died in all of human history, but the number of dead people is increasing. One day, there isn't going to be any room to bury anyone anymore. So, what about skyscrapers for dead people, that are built down. They could be underneath the skyscrapers for living people, that are built up. We could bury people 100 floors down. And a whole dead world could be underneath the living one.
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Cleo's Back
Written by Willie Woods (as Willie J. Woods)
Performed by Little Freddie King
Courtesy of Orleans Records
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Extremely Long & Incredibly Bad
1 June 2012 | by geekroadSee all my reviews

I'd like to start with what I liked about this movie, but the only thing I can think of is that it was nice to see the streets of New York, though Google Earth would have been a more pleasant way to do it.

How can a movie with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock possibly be bad? They aren't in it, that's how.

Instead the entire movie is focused on a self-centered, know-it-all brat who thinks 9/11 was all about him and only him. This boy is not only annoying, he speaks so precisely and enunciates so well, his voice screams ACTING COACH, which completely removed me from anything he was saying. It was an affect I could not get used to, even though he talks through (and narrates) the entire film.

The script itself was so far-fetched and ridiculous it was impossible to suspend disbelief. No kid would do what this kid did, and no mother would allow it for a billion and one reasons, much less do what this mother did.

This movie tried so hard to tug at your emotions but the only parts that did were the few bits the writer didn't have to make up because they actually happened that day.

Audience members are supposed to watch a drama and say to themselves, "Yeah, life's like that," on some level. Life could not be LESS like this movie. It was simply... Extremely Long And Incredibly Bad.


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