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.


Roman Polanski


Yasmina Reza (based on the play 'Le Dieu du Carnage' by), Michael Katims (translated by) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Jodie Foster ... Penelope Longstreet
Kate Winslet ... Nancy Cowan
Christoph Waltz ... Alan Cowan
John C. Reilly ... Michael Longstreet
Elvis Polanski Elvis Polanski ... Zachary
Eliot Berger Eliot Berger ... Ethan
Joseph Rezwin Joseph Rezwin ... Walter (voice) (as Joe Rezwin)
Nathan Rippy ... Dennis (voice)
Tanya Lopert ... Mother (voice)
Julie Adams ... Secretary (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A new comedy of no manners.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Christoph Waltz worked with a voice coach to affect an American accent for Alan, although his Austrian accent occasionally slips through such as the German pronunciation of "Walter." See more »


At the beginning of the film, just before Alan and Nancy try to leave for the second time, there is a camera visible in the mirror. See more »


Nancy Cowan: I've got a John Wayne idea of manhood, too. What is it he had? A Colt .45. Something that empties a room. Any man that doesn't have those loner vibes just doesn't come off as having any substance.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »


A Bushel and a Peck
Written by Frank Loesser
(p) 2011 SBS Productions
Used by permission of Frank Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Would love to see this on stage!
3 September 2016 | by soranamicooperSee all my reviews

A one-act play, centring on two sets of parents in a Brooklyn apartment discussing a violent episode between their children, sandwiched between a very short, speech-free prologue and epilogue as credits roll. The ostensibly liberal but clearly uptight mother and apparently more conciliatory but hen-pecked father of the victim invite the aggressor's parents (she overtly more community-spirited, he more put out as he manages a work crisis on his mobile) over to talk about the incident, as responsible adults, but the ensuing clash of attitudes prompts a descent into the sort of puerile behaviour that was precisely the intended subject of the conversation.

Well cast, the four players interpret the sharp, witty lines with aplomb, one's sympathies leaping around from character to character as they gradually unravel, but without ever settling anywhere for long as each in turn cedes any moral high ground as quickly as they gained it. There is scorn aplenty (subtle and blatant) as rivalries and alliances are repeatedly struck and dashed. One can forgive the improbability of the meeting surviving several junctures when it would more naturally end because the dialogue continues to give.

I guess you can't go far wrong with such a script in the hands of this director and group of actors and it makes for a very watchable film, although I'm guessing the stage is its real home and I'll look out for it there.

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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

God of Carnage See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,795, 18 December 2011

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2.35 : 1
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