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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.


Jean-Marc Vallée


Bryan Sipe
2,607 ( 37)
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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


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.


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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Did You Know?


Third film to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper, after Jarhead (2005) and October Sky (1999). See more »


At about 1:14:46, while they are, "Taking apart" Davis' marriage, Chris is shown throwing a pry bar at a large flat screen TV which causes a single spider crack. Camera cuts at 1:14:47 to an alternate view and the screen shows no less than three of these cracks revealing it took several takes to get desired bounce of pry bar. See more »


Dr. Brodkey: [after running some tests] Davis... not sure how to tell you this. Come on. See for yourself...
[now pointing at screen with other doctor's watching]
Dr. Brodkey: Part of your heart is missing.
Davis: What? How did that happen?
Dr. Brodkey: Judging by the bite pattern, I'd say gypsy moths.
Davis: [suddenly jolts back to reality in the doctor's office]
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Crazy Credits

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


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


Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing Line.
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User Reviews

It makes you feel everything a film should make you feel!
26 May 2017 | by fahimakhterSee all my reviews

It is heavy, it is depressing in bits and clever the other times and it flows. There isn't a dull moment it doesn't pace up or pace doesn't. It only has dialogues where necessary.

What you do see is a man dealing with the death of his wife and understanding his relationship and life. Not the way most of us do, but by destroying everything.

I love jake Gyllenhaal more with every new film of his, no one could have played the better than him.

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Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demolition See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,042, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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