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Downhill (2020)

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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-Kvan)
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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Searchlight Pictures' first film with its current 2020 name and the 2020 MPA logo. See more »


Pete: Every day is all we have.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Downhill (2020) See more »


All-Night Party (Durchgemacht)
Written by Philipp Bohnengel, Christian Büttner (as Christian FJ Büttner), Tommy Gun Müller and Marcello Pagin
Courtesy of Universal Production Music
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A downer for a Valentine's Day release
11 February 2020 | by trinaboiceSee all my reviews

IN A NUTSHELL: Inspired by the 2014 Swedish movie Force Majeure by Ruben Ostlund, this depressing comedy is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Jesse Armstrong helped them write the English version of the aftermath of a family who experienced a brush with an avalanche while on a ski vacation. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month and is being released by Searchlight, with the previous name of Fox missing from the title since the Disney purchase.

I love movie titles with double meanings, but in this case, it's not a good thing. While the movie features a family on a downhill ski trip in the Alps, the title of the film best describes the direction the marriage is going in throughout their adventure. Timed perfectly for a Valentine's Day release, it really isn't the fun rom-com you're thinking it should be with comedy giants Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In fact, it's a bit of a DOWNer for the most romantic day of the year.


Crude language, profanity, F-bombs Talk of being nude in a spa Talk of intimate relationships. A woman tries to pleasure herself. Alcohol, bad drunken behavior


"Every day is all we have." - Pete (Will Ferrell) Relationships, marriage, perceptions of other people's relationships Expectations Survival Family Live for self or live for others Aging Identity


Julia Louis-Dreyfus was outstanding in her role. She is a talented comedienne who is very believable in a drama too. The nuances on her face were perfect and spoke volumes. My husband and I saw the movie together and both felt sorry for Will Ferrell's character, who is a complete wuss during the story. My husband was especially frustrated that the character was never able to quite redeem himself. Miranda Otto, who plays Charlotte, will look familiar to you but you won't quite know where you've seen her before. Suddenly, you'll remember it was in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers franchise where she played Eowyn. Her character in this movie doesn't have an ounce of integrity like Eowyn did in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Fans of The Office: The Complete Series will get a kick out of seeing Zach Woods. What's funny is his character's name is Zach in this movie. When Kirstofer Hivju first appeared on the screen in the movie, you could immediately tell there were Game of Thrones:Season 1-2 fans in the audience. There were some laughs and even a few quiet cheers, as his character, Giantsbane, was always a fan favorite. When the movie ended, the lady sitting behind me in the theater said, "That's it?" but I actually thought it was an insightful ending. You get to see some beautiful Austrian mountains.


I haven't seen the original movie that this is modeled after, but everyone who has, says the first one is sooo much better. Sooooo much bickering. That's neither enjoyable, nor funny. It definitely needed more humor to balance out the drama and depressing moments. The actors who played the sons did a good job, but they sure aren't like most realistic, rambunctious boys that age that I know. Instead, these boys are super mellow. They're played by Julian Grey and Ammon Jacob Ford. Lots of awkward moments.

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14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Vienna, Austria See more »


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$4,622,018, 16 February 2020

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