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Digging for Fire (2015)

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The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

Director:

Joe Swanberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Johnson ... Tim
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Lee
Jude Swanberg Jude Swanberg ... Jude
Alicia Van Couvering Alicia Van Couvering ... Cashier
Timothy Simons ... Yoga Couple
Jenny Slate ... Yoga Couple
Jeff Baena ... BB Gun Friend
Mike Birbiglia ... Phil
Steve Berg ... Paul
Kent Osborne ... Adam
Sam Rockwell ... Ray
Chris Messina ... Tango
Anna Kendrick ... Alicia
Brie Larson ... Max
Judith Light ... Grandma
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Storyline

Married couple Lee and Tim, a part-time yoga instructor and a public school physical education teacher respectively, jump at the opportunity to sit at the secluded Los Angeles Hills house of an actress acquaintance for two weeks as a mini-vacation for them and their three-year-old son, Jude. The house sit starts with an unusual event: Tim finds on the property in the wooded hills just beyond the swimming pool a gun and a bone. He believes the bone could be a human one, and that there could be a murdered dead body buried in the hills in the vicinity of where he found these items. Tim telephones the police, who tell him they can do nothing unless an actual body is found. As such, Lee convinces Tim to drop the subject. On their first weekend at the house, Lee decides to leave Tim on his own for the weekend to complete their income tax return, which he has long put off, while she and Jude go to visit among others her mother and stepfather, and her sister Squiggy and her family, neither ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Melanie Lynskey played Joe Swanberg's wife in Happy Christmas (2014), and Anna Kendrick played Joe's younger sister. See more »

Goofs

About 12:44 into the movie, Lee drives off in a gray Toyota Corolla. The model year is in the 2009-2013 range. But at 13:09 when she is pulling into a driveway, she is now driving a 2014-2016 gray Toyota Corolla. See more »

Quotes

Lee: My guess is that it's just a animal bone and it just happened to be...
Tim: ...some other animal shot it.
[Both laugh]
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Connections

References Quest for Fire (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am A Pilgrim
Written by Traditional
Arranged & Performed by Fern Jones
Courtesy of the Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Unimpressive
12 November 2015 | by SteveJ_888See all my reviews

This is a movie about nothing. That's fine for a half-hour episode of Seinfeld, because it's amusing and entertaining. This movie is neither. It's humorless, tedious and somewhat painful to watch.

I like slice-of life movies. I don't need action. I don't need anything to really happen as long as I experience something I normally wouldn't experience in everyday life. This movie is anyone's very ordinary everyday life with some amount of coincidence and absurdity added. Rather than creating interest, though, these devices only prevent anything genuine from emerging.

Only one of the two main characters is believable, and both lack color and depth. That's a serious flaw in a movie where almost nothing happens. A transformation of sorts does take place, but it feels contrived. The events leading up to the transformation don't in any way suggest that it should occur, or why.

I'm giving the movie 4 out of 10 because someone might get something from it, and because there are a few brief moments that I liked. Also, the acting is at least adequate.The movie is inferior, but not horrible. Observing everyday life on a long walk would be a better way to spend 90 minutes, though.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Digging for Fire See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,000, 23 August 2015

Gross USA:

$119,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,364
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2.35 : 1
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