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The Details (2011)

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When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy's backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder.

Director:

Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)

Writer:

Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobey Maguire ... Jeff Lang
Gary Schwartz ... Plans Inspector
José Gandara José Gandara ... José
Elizabeth Banks ... Nealy Lang
Miles Ellenwood Miles Ellenwood ... Miles
Kerry Washington ... Rebecca Mazzoni
Ray Liotta ... Peter Mazzoni
Rose Cano Rose Cano ... Alma
Laura Linney ... Lila
Traci L. Crouch Traci L. Crouch ... Pregnant Traci (as Traci Crouch)
Dennis Haysbert ... Lincoln
Cathy Vu ... Fantasy Fruit Girl
Gretchen Lieberum Gretchen Lieberum ... Great Internet Boobs
Marlette Buchanan Marlette Buchanan ... Angela
James Kruk James Kruk ... Wine and Cheese Man
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In King County, Washington, Dr. Jeff Lang has been married for ten years with Nealy Lang and they have a little boy. Their best friends are Rebecca Mazzoni, who studied with Jeff in the medical school, and her husband Peter Mazzoni. Jeff decides to sod his backyard, but the grass comes with worms underneath and raccoons destroy his sod during the night. Jeff wants also build another room in the house for his planned second son, but the City Hall blocks the project. Jeff decides to build the room without the approval and he gives a beautiful plant for his next door neighbor, the unstable Lila (Laura Linney) that lives with her cat Matthew, expecting that she does not denounce his construction work to the authorities. Jeff also likes to play basketball with his friend Lincoln, who has kidney problem and needs hemodialysis. However, the raccoons disturb Jeff and Nealy has not had sex with him for six months. Jeff decides to poison the raccoon and he meets Rebecca to drink and relief his ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Doing the right thing has never gone so wrong.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual content, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2016 (Uruguay) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,528, 4 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,595, 11 November 2012
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color
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Trivia

The fruit girl asks Jeff to bring his friend, Mary Jane, along. Tobey Maguire previously played Peter Parker in Spider-Man, whose girl friend is Mary Jane. See more »

Goofs

The plot synopsis as written on the DVD box refers to raccoons as "meddlesome rodents". Raccoons are not rodents and in fact are more closely related to bears. See more »

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[first lines]
Jeff Lang: You know in life when somethings disastrous happens, you go back and replay everything. You see where it went wrong, trying to figure it out. To think through all the little things. You're sifting through all of the details.
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Written and Performed by Fat Freddy's Drop
Courtesy of The Drop
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Painfully Funny...
10 October 2012 | by aljiersSee all my reviews

Like the best film noir, "The Details" forces us to recognize and engage with our darker natures, the often cruel vagaries of fate, and the fact that happy endings are often neither happy, nor endings. It is also incredibly funny. Tobey Maguire is excellent as a philandering Doctor named Jeff Lange, led inexorably down a path of mayhem and bad behavior in his efforts to conceal his impropriety from his sexually aloof wife, played by an equally excellent Elizabeth Banks. The rest of the cast is also quite strong, particularly Dennis Haysbert, whose turn as Jeff's wizened friend/charity case, and seeming moral conscience, is played to brilliant effect. (The "seeming" is very important here, as writer-director Jacob Estes offers a surprising turn in Haysbert's character, that consists of a brilliant excoriation of the tired Hollywood character trope which Spike Lee terms "The Magical Negro.")

With large performances (including Laura Linney as a Blowsy seductress!), bold visuals, and masterfully satirical sound design, "The Details" is stupendously entertaining, a Brechtian meditation on questions moral, social and existential. Estes' film is by turns hilarious and horrifying, often in the same moment. Not to be missed!!!


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