Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.


Nat Faxon, Jim Rash


Jesse Armstrong (screenplay by), Nat Faxon (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Billie
Will Ferrell ... Pete
Zach Woods ... Zach
Zoe Chao ... Rosie (as Zoë Chao)
Miranda Otto ... Charlotte
Giulio Berruti ... Guglielmo
Julian Grey ... Finn
Ammon Jacob Ford ... Emerson
Kristofer Hivju ... Michel
Alex Macqueen ... Charlie
Kimberly Rydell ... Bar Woman
Ruth Brauer Ruth Brauer ... Heli Ski Employee (as Ruth Brauer-Kvam)
Nadiv Molcho ... German Snowboarder
Ferdinand Ramml Ferdinand Ramml ... Photographer
Uli Richter Uli Richter ... Good-Looking Bar Guy


Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Inspired by the motion picture FORCE MAJEURE by Ruben Östlund. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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A Different Kind of Disaster Movie.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Kristofer Hivju was also in the Swedish film Force Majeure (2014) on which this film is based. However, he does not reprise the same role in this movie (Zach Woods plays that character). See more »


Billie: It looked like it was gonna kill us...
Pete: For a moment.
Billie: And the kids were screaming because it felt like we were gonna die. And I look over at Pete, and he had grabbed his phone. He was gone. Pete ran, Pete left us.
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Remake of Force Majeure (2014) See more »


Written and Performed by Andreas Gabalier
Courtesy of Stall-Records/Universal Music GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cringeworthy "Comedy" to Avoid
11 February 2020 | by jamuckleySee all my reviews

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in "Downhill," a new comedy that comes out on Valentine's Day, Friday 14, 2020. The film was directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

Billie (Louis-Dreyfus) and her two boys barely escape been buried alive during a "controlled" avalanche, while Pete (Ferrell) runs for cover thinking only about his self. The scary ordeal causes them to take a fresh look at their marriage and their future together.

I had high hopes with the pairing of Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell and what kind of comedic caper on the ski slopes might ensue. Unfortunately, this film was disappointing. This isn't the kind of "feel-good" romantic movie to take your significant other out to see on Valentine's Day.

The film isn't mushy and doesn't "resolve" like a bow on a pretty package. Instead, it is more of a "warning" in relationships, showing how miscommunication, self-centeredness, defensiveness all can contribute to breaking down bonds in relationships. The humor in it is how the couple fails to address the issue directly causing further distance, bringing others into it to plead their case, and even puts the kids in the middle. There were some cringeworthy moments throughout.

Some of the film's less flattering moments include an awkward scene with a ski instructor, crude sexual humor, and drunkenness without any really point.

I would recommend steering clear of this one, in favor of a nice evening in, preparing dinner for your partner, snuggling up on the couch and dreaming together about your hopes for the future so you don't end up like Billie and Pete unsure of what is next in store for your relationship.

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14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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$4,622,018, 16 February 2020

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