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Funny Games (2007)

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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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The game is simple. Pick a family, pick a victim. See more »


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

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English

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

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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The production crew used the blueprints from the 1997 original. The set of the house in the 2007 American remake has the same proportions as that of the 1997 set. See more »

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Throughout the movie Paul calls Peter "Tom", and Peter calls Paul "Jerry". These are references to the Tom & Jerry cartoons. They also refer to each other as 'Beavis' and 'Butthead', another cartoon reference. See more »

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Paul: Whether by knife or whether by gun, losing your life can sometimes be fun.
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deeply disturbing art horror film but definitely not for everyone
20 December 2008 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Watching "Funny Games" is a bit like coming across a major accident on the highway - you know you should continue driving on past the scene, but you just can't keep yourself from slowing down and gawking at all the wreckage.

The premise of the story does not sound very promising at first, as the idea, or a simple variation of it, has served as the foundation for countless such films in the past: an innocent family of three is held hostage in their home by a couple of sadistic killers who systematically abuse and terrorize their victims for their own twisted pleasure.

So many horror movies are predictable and formulaic that it's a pleasant surprise to come across one that actually makes an effort to break free of its bonds and make its own way in the world. And, indeed, "Funny Games" busts through the horror movie conventions with an almost ruthless determination. In this Americanized version of a film he made in his native Austria in 1997, director Michael Haneke scrupulously avoids obvious camera setups and editing techniques, bypassing virtually every storytelling, visual or audio cliché endemic to the genre. There is no background music, for instance, to cue us into the scary moments, no screeching cats jumping out of the shadows, and no point-of-view shots designed to generate easy suspense. Unlike in most films of this type, the violence here happens in an entirely haphazard and random manner, making it all the more frightening in its unpredictability and plausibility. Haneke refuses to cater to the expectations of his audience, making them face the reality of the nightmare he's showing them rather than giving them what it is they may want to see.

Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet are cringe-worthy and terminally creepy as the smarmy psychopaths who get their jollies out of watching other people suffer, while Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Devon Gearhart engage our full sympathy as the hapless victims who have come up against the blank wall of two twisted minds they are woefully unequipped to even understand, let alone wage battle against.

This is one of the most memorable and artful horror films of recent times, but it is also one of the most unnerving and difficult to watch. The movie gets into your bones, no matter how much your better angels may be telling you to keep it out. It's depressing and disturbing and is certainly not intended for all audiences, but it is a movie that it is very difficult to shake off once you've given yourself over to it.


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