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Downsizing (2017)

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A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

Director:

Alexander Payne
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Paul Safranek
Christoph Waltz ... Dusan Mirkovic
Hong Chau ... Ngoc Lan Tran
Kristen Wiig ... Audrey Safranek
Rolf Lassgård ... Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen
Ingjerd Egeberg ... Anne-Helene Asbjørnsen
Udo Kier ... Konrad
Søren Pilmark ... Dr. Andreas Jacobsen
Jason Sudeikis ... Dave Johnson
Maribeth Monroe ... Carol Johnson
Jayne Houdyshell ... Paul's Mother
Phil Reeves ... Audrey's Dad Larry
James Van Der Beek ... Anesthesiologist
Alison J. Palmer Alison J. Palmer ... Anesthesiologist's Wife
Tim Driscoll ... Good Friend Tim (as Timothy Edmund Driscoll)
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Storyline

"Downsizing" follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to five inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.

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See life in a big way See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Norway

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Downsizing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,954,287, 24 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,449,754, 1 February 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,716,619, 26 January 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Jorgen Asbjornson's name is a tribute to Norwegian culture. Jorgen Moe & Peter Christen Asbjornson were pioneering folklorists in the nineteenth century. See more »

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E = mc^2 applies universally. Reducing Matt Damon from 5'10" to 5" would require the disappearance of 7 600 000 000 000 000 000 joules of energy, equivalent to 180 ten megaton bombs. They did this to 27 people at a time. 4860 ten megaton bombs ought to have made quite a hole in the laboratory. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen: Nature is such a patient sculptor - grinding a tiny bit each day slowly, slowly for thousands of years to make such a supremely beautiful thing.
[overcome with sadness]
Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen: What a waste. What a dreadful waste.
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the end credits feature the camera zooming out from the chest outward of Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing Vitruvian Man. See more »

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Referenced in Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.44 (2018) See more »

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Written by Daniel Rojas, Richard Ford & Michelle Gonzalez
Performed by The Overland Project
Courtesy of 506 Music and Drofy Music Publishing
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It's a trap!!!
26 December 2017 | by gwolframSee all my reviews

So I have never reviewed a movie before, but OMG, what just happened here. The trailers looked entertaining and Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig are comedy heavyweights, so I figured "hey, shrink down some people and commence with hilarity and comedy hijinx". WRONG. Both actors combined have about 10-15 minutes of screen time. The movie started out promising, but then it started to get strange and preachy. After the credits rolled, my wife and I just sort of stared at each other for an awkward amount of time waiting to see who would blame who for picking this movie. The conspiracy theorist in me is concerned that I was baited with a fun comedy movie then switched into a global warming nonsense hit piece.


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