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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.


Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)


Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)





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


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 March 2016 (Uruguay) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat


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Did You Know?


James McAvoy was originally cast as Jeff, but dropped out due scheduling conflicts and Tobey Maguire replaced him. See more »


Near the end of the movie, Jeff comes clean to Nealy. He does this in their car, idling while stopped. The car is a Toyota Prius hybrid, which would typically shut its engine off while stationary or at low speeds. Unless it was deliberately forced to keep running, the idling sound was added afterwards. See more »


[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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Performed by Salt-N-Pepa (as Salt 'N' Pepa)
Written by Cheryl 'Salt' James and Pepa
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Best Dark Comedy of the Year
7 October 2012 | by jaax44See all my reviews

My favorite movie genre is the dark comedy. In the best of them characters do two things: they say the unsay-able and do the undo-able, but in a naturalistic way that turns everyday events into a journey to that feral, hidden nature that dwells in all of us but is usually only realized in dreams or fantasies. The film that kept coming to my mind while watching THE DETAILS was FARGO , the heavyweight champion of the genre. Clearly, writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes has given the Coen Brothers a run for their money in his latest cinematic effort; the story of a young doctor (played by Tobey Maguire in a career changing performance), who is living a story book existence, with a seemingly perfect home, family and circle of friends. That is, until a series of increasingly impulsive decisions thrusts him into a downward spiral that turns his innocuous existence into a living, hilarious hell. To me, there is nothing funnier than humor that makes me laugh and wince at the same time, and THE DETAILS does that in spades. The ensemble acting by an all-star cast is something to behold, with possible supporting Oscar nods to Laura Linney, Dennis Hasbert and Ray Liotta. Linney especially rises to another acting plane in her ability to turn a garishly eccentric neighbor into a believable seductress. A scene involving Liotta and Maguire on a bridge is one that I believe will still be talked about years from now. All of this is tied together seamlessly by the mature, confident writing and direction of Mr. Estes, who manages to accelerate the mundane to the horrifyingly surreal without a hint of the cinematic self-consciousness many directors have succumbed to while trying their hands at this most difficult kind of humor. Finally, I was really impressed with the way the set design, photography and soundtrack all blend together to create a sense of eerie whimsicality that eased me into a sense of anticipation—indeed participation—to the point where I was immediately rationalizing the shocking climax, as if I were the unfortunate Doctor himself. To sum up, THE DETAILS is hilarious and horrifying in a unique, naturalistic way, an example of independent filmmaking at its best.

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