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Cheap Thrills (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 21 March 2014 (USA)
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A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.

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... Craig Daniels
... Violet
... Vince
... Colin
... Audrey
... Caryn the Bartender
... Security Guard
... Tweaker
... Enrique
... Doug
... Stripper
... Luann
Eli McLaughlin ... Keenan
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Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple's twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills. (c) Drafthouse Written by From Rotten tomatoes

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What doesn't kill you makes you richer.


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Apuestas perversas  »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,638, 23 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,379, 11 May 2014
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In Spain this film was only released in two theaters (in Madrid at Artistic Metropol for two days and in Barcelona at the Cinemes Girona for 12 days) and only in subtitled versions (in Barcelona with Catalan subtitles). See more »

Goofs

When Vince is challenged to hold his breath, after Craig speaks to Audrey on the phone Colin announces that Vince's time was 1 minute, 59 seconds. Later, when Vince asks what his time was, Colin says his time was 1 minute, 58 seconds. A difference of one second is significant in the context of the challenge. See more »

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Features The Reef 2: High Tide (2012) See more »

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Eclipse
Written by: Trools
Performed by: Trools
Courtesy of: 808-Playtime
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Disturbing, Uncomfortable & Compelling
5 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

A dark, sadistic debasing experience in how low desperate people are willing to go to, ironically, raise themselves out of their dire life situation. This is a disturbing, yet compelling watch and draws parallels in how quickly society would collapse without order and is extremely depressing in that this kind of 'entertainment' is not something that would be discounted in a future society. We already have TV shows where people eat strange animal parts in the name of entertainment. It is depressing that this is a possible future game show in the making. All that said it is well acted and very hard to turn away as each dare gets becomes more extreme with a brutal finale. Well done to the director for keeping a realism to the film without wandering into fantasy.


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