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Demolition (2015)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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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

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Bryan Sipe
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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LIFE: Some Disassembly Required.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demolição See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,098,290, 10 April 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,978,592, 21 April 2016
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Davis Mitchell was almost cast as Spider-Man for Spider-Man 2 (2004). Similarly, Judah Lewis who plays Chris Moreno was among the top six actors competing for the role of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). See more »

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At around 1h20m when Davis and Chris are in the car there are several in and out frames in which the car dashboard clock shows different time of day. See more »

Quotes

Davis: Excuse me, is Karen Moreno here?
Bucaneer Diner Waitress: Who?
Davis: Blonde hair, hazel eyes, but not hispanic like her name suggests.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Touch Me, I'm Going to Scream (Pt. 2)
Written by Jim James (as James Edward Olliges, Jr.)
Performed by My Morning Jacket
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Grief manifests in many forms.
25 June 2016 | by matt-levettSee all my reviews

Choppy editing issues, But superb.

For starters the film has some incredible acting...Jake is utterly convincing in his role as a selfish and seemingly heartless individual devoid of emotion until tragedy entails. The pick up in his thought process is a slow but necessary approach as his mental health issues pick up subtle but convincing time frames and the viewer is left a 50/50 decision on whether you actually like him or not. This is no mean feat for an actor with such a tragic story line and he pulls it off brilliantly.

I would however of liked the mental health issues that surround the process of grief further explored and a stronger message to go out to the audience that grief manifests in so many individual ways that you are never wrong with the way you feel...Its a very precious and intimate individual process.

Naomi Watts character is a little bizarre and almost unnecessary in my view but I will not spoil anything here.

A good just under two hours spent in my opinion with a a lot of thinking to continue for the rest of the evening. A solid 7/10 from me.


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