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The Invitation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

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Karyn Kusama
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Marshall-Green ... Will
Tammy Blanchard ... Eden
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Kira
Aiden Lovekamp ... Ty
Michelle Krusiec ... Gina
Mike Doyle ... Tommy
Jordi Vilasuso ... Miguel
Jay Larson ... Ben
Marieh Delfino ... Claire
Michiel Huisman ... David
Lindsay Burdge ... Sadie
John Carroll Lynch ... Pruitt
Toby Huss ... Dr. Joseph
Danielle Camastra ... Annie
Trish Gates ... Follower (as Patricia Gates)
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Storyline

Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband... and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will's hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

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There is no darkness. Just reunion. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invitation See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,739, 10 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$231,703, 26 June 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Karyn Kusama's first film in 7 years. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, the street address shown in the invitation has the number 3908. However, when they arrive in front of the residence, 8105 can be seen on the curb. See more »

Quotes

Pruitt: Forgiveness doesn't have to wait. I'm free to forgive myself and so are you. It's a beautiful thing. It really is.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Baby You're Gone
Written by Craig Wedren and Benjamin Newgard (as Benjamin L. Newgard)
Vocals, Harmonica and Percussion Performed by Craig Wedren
Guitar Performed by Benjamin Newgard (as Benjamin L. Newgard)
Published by Modern Works and Benjamin L. Newgard (BMI)
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A tense thriller that keeps your attention even with a straightforward plot
16 June 2016 | by wyattwalkerSee all my reviews

Upon seeing the trailer for this movie, I thought I had figured it out for the most part. While not explicit in revealing the plot, the scenes and dialogue snippets used give a lot away. As the credits rolled, I was amazed at how much of the movie I had expected, and amazed at how it retained my attention regardless.

The movie is set at a dinner party, where most of the guests are friends or their +1s. Once everyone is gathered, it quickly becomes clear that there is an ulterior motive to sending out the invitations. I won't say what that motive is, but you can probably guess from the trailer. The main character is the archetypal unreliable narrator. At any given moment, my opinion of if he was delusional or perfectly reasonable was in constant flux. The tension is maintained throughout, both through the camera work and the soundtrack.

The main character continues to cause a scene, and soon the dinner party swells into chaotic action. While much of this is unsurprising, the final scene is what blew me out of the water. Again, I'll say nothing about it, but I was rooted to my seat for countable minutes thinking about what had just occurred. Highly recommended.


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