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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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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:

$72,348, 25 December 2011

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

The Questionaire that Oscar gives The Renter have fifteen questions on them. They are: 1. What is your full name? 2. What is your nationality? 3. What is your occupation? 4. What did your father do for a living? 5. What did your mother do for a living? 6. Were you ever married? 7. Did you have children? 8. Where have you traveled in the world? 9. How did you learn of the apartment for rent? 10. Did you ever know my father, Thomas Schell? 11. When you did speak, what other languages did you know? 12. Were you ever a soldier in a war? 13. Did you ever kill anyone? 14. Do you have any friends? 15. Why did you stop talking? See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 2002/2003, yet at 01:10:18 in the shot of The Renter's arrow note on the bar door pointing to the door knob and again in a close-up at ~01:11:30 as Oskar peers in through a window, there's a "Recommended by Lonely Planet" sticker from 2007 on the window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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If You Know The Lord Is Keeping You
Written by Charles Taylor
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Emotionally affecting but often frustrating
4 January 2014 | by Christopher_ReidSee all my reviews

I found the main character very annoying at times. However, over time, this movie had enough touching moments that felt real and were gagné that in the end it was reasonably enjoyable.

The best parts were the emotionally intense scenes of which there were several. The subject matter automatically lead in that direction. What was important was that they were handled well and weren't too obvious or sappy or preachy, IMO. I don't normally cry during movies and I didn't, but I can see how someone could and there's something healing in that. There doesn't need to be any explanation for a situation for us to learn from it. Simply seeing other people deeply affected by disturbing things can make you feel less alone and give you faith in humanity.

People can argue and say nasty words and yet somehow communicate love at the same time through their body language. That brutal honesty that hurts the most usually comes from a very kind, sensitive place. It's interesting the kind of guilt we're capable of putting upon ourselves. The desperate fear that you're not a good person, that you failed somehow. You can relate to these characters and the way they feel. Death is one of those things that can be scary but which we often completely forget about. It's nice to have a primal emotion or fear brought alive by a movie in the right way.

Now some major weaknesses. The plot is stupidly ridiculous. Much of it is technically possible but doesn't hold up well to inspection. It's too cute and "clever". I hate when characters go out on misguided missions without thinking them through. It's been done. It's far more interesting to have intelligent characters who run into legitimate or unexpected barriers than simply allowing them to forget all logic at the outset. The plot involves arbitrary devices for creating interesting situations rather than letting logical actions by the characters naturally take them somewhere interesting. It's like bad magic where you can see it all a mile away and there are no surprises.

The boy's obnoxious and rude comportement were extreme and distracting at times. He was unlikable for long stretches. I can understand it in the context of him being deeply affected or lost or trying to cope with things, but it was still too much and the movie implied he was like that anyway because there was no contrast with his comportement before the events. Sounds like the book is much better in this regard. But it did affect me. Brought a little something out of me. Which can be rare considering how predictable I find the majority of new movies.


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