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.

Director:

Roman Polanski

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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)
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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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This film was shot near Paris, France on account of Roman Polanski's fugitive status in the United States. See more »

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After Nancy attacks the tulips in the glass vase, the water sloshes violently for a long time, but after a brief cutaway to show the ringing Cellphone, the water movement has stopped completely. See more »

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Penelope Longstreet: My husband has spent the entire afternoon DRYING THINGS!
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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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Virginia Woolf Lite
11 January 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Working on a "sense of community," the two couples in Carnage engage in slowly evolving urban warfare, precipitated by violence in the playground between their two sons. This adaptation from the Broadway play, God of Carnage, is a soberer (by a little) version of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Penelope (Jody Foster) and Michael (John C. Reilly) host Nancy (Kate Winslet) and Alan (Christof Waltz) in their Brooklyn apartment to iron out difficulties coming from their sons' fight, which resulted in Penelope and Michael's son's mangled mouth. What begins civilly escalates to a raw verbal mêlée with all players laying bare their prejudices and weaknesses while the issue of the repentance of Nancy and Alan's child becomes a vehicle for class and culture clash. As in director Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, the action is almost exclusively in the small, one bedroom apartment, resulting in an uncomfortable crowding of bodies and egos. And it doesn't take long for the individual differences to surface as one is conciliatory, another confrontational, another detached, and another bewildered.

Nor does it take long (only an 80 minute production anyway) for alliances to build (and not necessarily in the same couple) with the refrain "Why are we still here?" becoming the battle cry. Yes, it doesn't turn out well, nor would most confrontations except that the civil veneer usually stays intact for most of us.

But when writers Yasmina Reza and Polanski allow the characters to speak their minds, albeit helped by Scotch, the drama gets good and the words become socially lethal. What I like best is the language, not elevated but sassy, smart, and colloquial: "Should we wrap this up?" Yes, it is a film to be wrapped, but there is no real end to the social jousting that goes on in our minds if not our mouths, which are sometimes beaten badly as careless children might do in their play.


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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

Gross USA:

$2,547,047

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,722,632
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