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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Safranek
... Dusan Mirkovic
... Ngoc Lan Tran
... Audrey Safranek
... Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen
... Anne-Helene Asbjørnsen
... Konrad
... Dr. Andreas Jacobsen
... Dave Johnson
... Carol Johnson
... Paul's Mother
... Audrey's Dad Larry
... Anesthesiologist
Alison J. Palmer ... Anesthesiologist's Wife
... Good Friend Tim (as Timothy Edmund Driscoll)
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"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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We are meant for something bigger.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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

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22 December 2017 (USA)  »

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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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Downsizing premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival on August 30, 2017. See more »

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When Dusan is explaining his many business ventures, his cigar ashes disappear and reappear several times. 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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Written & Performed by John Paul Keith
Courtesy of Big Legal Mess Records
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Much to think about
31 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Is it better to live in the world with all its flaws or withdraw from it? Paul (Matt Damon) is on a philosophical journey he only gradually recognizes. His desire to downsize may have been precipitated in a midlife crisis.

Ngoc (Hong Chou) is a very versatile actress that can berate and cajole and steamrole nearly anyone. As a Vietnamese refugee (both the actress as a baby and the character smuggled in a TV container) she understands one lives or one dies and it is not something one can control.

Paul needs a kick in the butt and Ngoc is just the one to give him one when required.

The scientific flaws in Downsizing are rampant. The willingness to suspend disbelief is essential. I could see a Downsizing II, but I don't know if it could answer the moral questions that Downsizing raises and forgets to answer.


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