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Demolition (2015)

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A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

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Jean-Marc Vallée

Writer:

Bryan Sipe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Davis
Naomi Watts ... Karen
Chris Cooper ... Phil
Judah Lewis ... Chris
C.J. Wilson ... Carl
Polly Draper ... Margot
Malachy Cleary ... Davis' Dad
Debra Monk ... Davis' Mom
Heather Lind ... Julia
Wass Stevens ... Jimmy
Blaire Brooks ... Amy
Ben Cole ... Steven
Brendan Dooling ... Todd
James Colby ... John
Alfredo Narciso ... Michael
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Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful private equity fund partner, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Taglines:

LIFE: Some Disassembly Required.

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Action | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual references, drug use and disturbing behavior | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

55 minutes into the film the back door porch is closed. When the camera turns back the porch door is open, yet nobody went in or out of the house. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Chris: [in his letter] Dear Davis, thanks for your letter. I'm recovering slowly but surely. Despite the ass-kicking, I must say, being myself feels good. By the way, mom left Carl, FYI. I have a little gift for you. Be at pier 64 this Saturday at 11:00 A.M. sharp. Trust me.
Davis: [arrives at the location just in time to see a building demolitioned]
Chris: P.S. Go fuck yourself. Warmest regards, Davis c. Mitchell.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Davis says: "Warmest regards, Davis C. Mitchell". See more »

Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Big (Live at Sunderland / 1970)
Written by Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Paul Kossoff, and Paul Rodgers
Performed by Free
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Deep and moving movie
10 April 2016 | by rembert-schofieldSee all my reviews

Demolition is an amazing movie, combining several intertwined lines all connecting at the end. There were some heavy and sensitive issues tackled by this film and they did an awesome job.

I thought the script was well written. I must admit, I didn't see parts of it coming toward the end.

I thought the acting was outstanding. Jake keeps himself in incredible shape and he needed to for this role. It was very physical in parts. His character, you have to feel for him and what he is going through, losing his partner. Chris Cooper is one amazing actor. There are bits where the water works almost turn on. Just amazing.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,042, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:

$1,978,592

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,366,460
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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