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Funny Games (2007)

R | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 4 April 2008 (UK)
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Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

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Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Naomi Watts ... Ann
Tim Roth ... George
Michael Pitt ... Paul
Brady Corbet ... Peter
Devon Gearhart ... Georgie
Boyd Gaines ... Fred
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Betsy
Robert LuPone ... Robert
Susi Haneke Susi Haneke ... Betsy's Sister-in-Law (as Susanne Haneke)
Linda Moran Linda Moran ... Eve
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In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. Written by MuzikJunky

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Rated R for terror, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2008 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$510,958, 16 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,294,640, 27 April 2008
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1.85 : 1
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As of 2017, this is the only film directed by Michael Haneke to not have had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) There is a rear shot of Paul standing outside Betsy's cottage door, arms folded behind him. As Paul calls out to Betsy, he unclasps his hands and brings them forward. Then from the frontal view of Paul through Betsy's screen door, his arms are folded behind him, his hands out of sight. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Hey, Beavis.
Peter: Hey, Butt-Head.
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Reviewed after second viewing
20 December 2014 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

I first watched Funny Games (US) and enjoyed it (well, thought it was a film I'd like to watch again), so I bought it. However, half way through a second viewing, I decided I couldn't take any more and turned it off.

Some may say that's a sure sign that it's a bad movie. They may be right - even its star Tim Roth has since refused to watch it. The film is actually an American version (filmed shot for shot) of an Austrian 'home invasion' movie and is supposed to be about 'the nature of violence.' I didn't know this when I first watched it and just looked at it as a horrific film which was deliberately quirky.

It's about a family who get held hostage in their own (holiday) home by two nasty - yet annoyingly polite - young psychopaths. The first time I watched it I stuck with it and thought it was interesting/different enough to warrant a second viewing. I guess the reason I turned it off is because it was just too frustrating to watch. I practically wanted to jump into the TV armed with a chainsaw and... well, I won't give too much away.

If you don't know about the film, I won't spoil the 'weirder' bits. It's definitely not a horror film, as there isn't much blood and gore (what there is happens off screen). It's more an experience in frustration making statements about the audience's desire to witness blood and gore on the big screen. Now, some may say that's a bit pretentious and, if you feel this way, this film probably isn't for you.

If you want to watch this - be prepared for the least 'feel good' film ever made. It's not a horror and it's not a thriller. It's simply an exercise in watching. It's different enough to rise above a lot of its fellow genre films, but may not be everyone's cup of tea and is definitely hard to sit through.


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