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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

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Lynne Ramsay

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Lynne Ramsay (screenplay), Rory Stewart Kinnear (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Eva Khatchadourian
John C. Reilly ... Franklin
Ezra Miller ... Kevin, Teenager
Jasper Newell ... Kevin, 6-8 Years
Rock Duer ... Kevin, Toddler (as Rocky Duer)
Ashley Gerasimovich ... Celia
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Wanda
Alex Manette ... Colin
Kenneth Franklin Kenneth Franklin ... Soweto
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Smash Lady
Paul Diomede Paul Diomede ... Corrections Officer Al
Michael Campbell Michael Campbell ... Corrections Officer
J. Mallory McCree ... Prison Boy (as J. Mal McCree)
Mark Elliot Wilson Mark Elliot Wilson ... Eva's Lawyer
James Chen ... Dr. Foulkes
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Eva's a mother trying to piece together her life following an incident caused by her odd child, Kevin. Once a successful writer, she's forced to take whatever comes her way, in spite of the increasingly bizarre and dangerous things Kevin says, or does. Written by Huggo

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Rated R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The colours on the target for the bow and arrow are in every scene. (Red, blue, yellow and white) See more »

Goofs

During one of the close ups of the maps decorating Eva's wall, as the camera moves upward you can see its shadow on the wall. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Eva: Why?
Kevin: I used to think I knew. Now I'm not so sure.
[pause]
Prison guard: Time's up.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Film Top 10 2011 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother's Last Word to Her Son
Written by Washington Phillips
Performed by Washington Phillips
Published by Conexion Music Ltd
Courtesy of Document Records
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Subtly disturbing
23 January 2020 | by irishjennaSee all my reviews

Just watched this flick, not sure how I've missed it all these years. This is definitely an art house type film shown in a non linear fashion, so it won't be up everyone's alley but I like how it was told.

Now I have to correct some of these other reviews I've seen. As someone who works in the psych field and deals with patients from toddlers to seniors, I'm putting it out there right now that Kevin is not a sociopath but straight up a psychopath...and yes, they are different. Officially he can't be diagnosed under 18 with antisocial personality, so he'd be under some conduct or oppositional defiance disorder until he's 18.

Psychopaths are usually born this way as oppose to sociopaths that are created through childhood trauma. Sociopaths have little empathy but psychopaths have zero empathy and cannot form true bonds with others. Their bonds are strictly superficial and self serving. They are highly cunning, calm, collected, and manipulative which can lead them to be very charming (think Bundy). Sociopaths are more impulsive, erratic, and have angry outbursts. Being a psychopath is how Kevin was able to manipulate everyone into thinking he was a good kid, all the while messing with his mom's head cause he enjoyed watching her squirm.

I've also seen other posters blame Tilda as the mom, saying she never bonded with him. Well, that may make him dislike her, but that won't turn him into a killer. He's a born psychopath, period.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,587, 11 December 2011

Gross USA:

$1,738,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,232,318
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2.35 : 1
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