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Carnage (2011)

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Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.

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Roman Polanski

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Yasmina Reza (play), Yasmina Reza (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Jodie Foster ... Penelope Longstreet
Kate Winslet ... Nancy Cowan
Christoph Waltz ... Alan Cowan
John C. Reilly ... Michael Longstreet
Elvis Polanski Elvis Polanski ... Zachary Cowan
Eliot Berger Eliot Berger ... Ethan Longstreet
Joseph Rezwin Joseph Rezwin ... Walter (voice) (as Joe Rezwin)
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Julie Adams ... Secretary (voice)
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In New York's Brooklyn Bridge park, eleven year old Zachary strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan. The boy's parents learn of the fight and meet to deal with the incident. Although the meeting starts civilized, it quickly degenerates after an unfortunate incident, and soon, their meeting is not only about their boys' fight, but also the couple's fitness as parents, Written by Huggo

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A new comedy of no manners.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Spain) See more »

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God of Carnage See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,795, 18 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,547,047, 3 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,603,069, 3 May 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Clever entertainment without the nutshell
25 November 2011 | by hanni-lehnenSee all my reviews

This is not only a movie for the thinking man. One is allowed to sit back 80 minutes, laugh a lot and leave the cinema satisfied. There is no need to discuss and interpret, the message is delivered in nicely-served bits of satirist speeches which are easy to follow. Our civilization is based upon lies. So how does Roman Polanski achieve it to present us this cheerless idea in such an incredibly cheerful way?

It's the actors and the characters they play. They are rich, they are cultivated, but not too aloof. One still is able to identify with the characters. The woman with the big heart for Africa played by Jodie Foster and married to the slightly corpulent shop-owner played by John C. Reilly. The other couple consists of the most charming investment consultant played by Kate Winslet and the busy yet stylish lawyer, wonderfully acted by Christoph Waltz. The reason for their little meeting is a fight between two boys. Two civilized married couples having a civilized meeting. If there's something negative, it's sad behind the other's back. But slowly the good attributes become ironically stretched, blurred, we know the roles of the single characters so well that consequently only hate remains. We hate the super-human Jodie Foster. We hate the darling Kate Winslet for her being blatantly drunk and not being able to control herself. We hate John C. Reilly for his diplomacy and simple-mindedness. Only Christoph Waltz remains jet-set. The scene in which he talks to John C. Reilly's mother on the phone is so great you can't draw a border between noble showmanship and sheer arrogance.

Great actors, great story (it reminded me a bit of Clybourne Park, but it was better), not too thoughtful, not too thoughtless - but all chewed. I love the moment of cracking the nutshell of a movie, the moment of realization. Sadly, Roman Polanski left that nutshell out. What remains still is very delightful, though.


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