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The Voices (2014)

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A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

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Marjane Satrapi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Jerry / Mr. Whiskers (voice) / Bosco (voice) / Deer (voice) / Bunny Monkey (voice)
Gemma Arterton ... Fiona
Anna Kendrick ... Lisa
Jacki Weaver ... Dr. Warren
Ella Smith ... Alison
Paul Chahidi ... Dennis Kowalski
Stanley Townsend ... Sheriff Weinbacher
Adi Shankar ... John
Sam Spruell ... Dave
Valerie Koch ... Jerry's Mother
Gulliver McGrath ... Jerry (12 years old)
Paul Brightwell ... Jerry's Stepfather
Alessa Kordeck Alessa Kordeck ... Sheryl
Michael Pink ... Jesus
Ricardia Bramley Ricardia Bramley ... Sheila Hammer
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Storyline

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path. Written by Lionsgate

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Hearing voices can be murder.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, and for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of Jerry's first interaction with the headless Fiona, the rest of her body can briefly be seen in the refrigerator before he slams the door shut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dennis Kowalski: Hey, Jerry.
Jerry Hickfang: Hey, Mr. Kowalski.
Dennis Kowalski: Call me Dennis. It's okay.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie there is a four minute fantasy song and dance routine featuring six cast members plus Jesus. The end credits begin one minute after this routine starts. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Written by Ol' Dirty Bastard (as Russell Jones) & RZA (as Robert Diggs)
Performed by Ella Smith
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Fairly Amusing Horror-Romance
8 January 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Likable Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) stumbles innocently into the role of a killer, guided along the way by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog.

Reading other reviews, you will find words like "genre-bending" or "a mess", and indeed, the film is a bit uneven. The tone shifts a bit here and there, though it really is not all that bothersome and others seem to complain too loud.

Although Gemma Arterton has been great in the past, she just does not make the character of Fiona even remotely likable. She is supposed to be the love interest of Jerry, but there is just nothing about her that suggests chemistry. Anna Kendrick, on the other hand, is excellent, and it is great to see that she has been maintaining a high profile after "Up In The Air". She might have been the only actor to escape "Twilight" unscathed.

Reynolds should be praised for his range of voices (the cat sounds like Craig Ferguson and the dog sounds like Gary Busey). This could have been a weak point, but he instead elevates it to the next level. He also has the right personality to take a story that seems to combine the Son of Sam and "Master and Margarita" and make it fun.

If nothing else, there is a Chinese Elvis, and this may be the only movie able to claim that.


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Language:

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Release Date:

6 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,097,718
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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