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I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

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Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.

Director:

Charlie Kaufman

Writers:

Charlie Kaufman (written for the screen by), Iain Reid (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Plemons ... Jake
Jessie Buckley ... Young Woman
Toni Collette ... Mother
David Thewlis ... Father
Guy Boyd ... Janitor
Hadley Robinson ... Laurey / Tulsey Town Girl 1
Gus Birney ... Aunt Eller / Tulsey Town Girl 2
Abby Quinn ... Tulsey Town Girl 3
Colby Minifie ... Yvonne
Anthony Robert Grasso ... Diner Manager (as Anthony Grasso)
Teddy Coluca ... Diner Customer
Jason Ralph ... Yvonne's Boyfriend
Oliver Platt ... The Voice (voice)
Frederick Wodin Frederick Wodin ... Dancing Janitor (as Fredrick E. Wodin)
Ryan Steele ... Dancing Jake
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Storyline

Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake's mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world. An exploration of regret, longing and the fragility of the human spirit, I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS is directed and written by Academy Award® winner Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Inspired by Iain Reid's bestselling namesake novel. Written by Netflix

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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In an interview, Jessie Buckley stated that, when she received the script, Charlie Kaufman described her character (The Young Woman) as "Molecular". See more »

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[first lines]
Young Woman: [narrating] I'm thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. IIt sticks, it lingers, it dominates. There's not much I can do about it, trust me. It doesn't go away. It's there whether I like it or not. It's there when I eat, when I go to bed. It's there when I sleep. It's there when I wake up. It's always there. Always.
Young Woman: I haven't been thinking about it for long. The idea's new. But it feels old at the same time. When did it start? What if this thought wasn't ...
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References Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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Peabody's Improbable History
Written by Frank Comstock (as Frank G. Cornstock)
Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation
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Major disappointment from one of my favourite filmmakers.
4 September 2020 | by eryklenartowiczSee all my reviews

I don't leave reviews, ever. However in this case I simply must.

I have been waiting to watch this film for quite some time, as an avid fan of Kaufman I couldn't wait to see his newest creation. The trailer was amazing, which only built on my expectation.

This film is a complete disappointment. It feels almost forced and the direction is terrible (4:3 aspect ratio for no reason, most of the shots aren't thought through, the surrealistic elements are forced for the sake of a 'surrealistic touch'). What saves the film, to a certain degree, is the dialogue and the acting (Toni Colette and David Thewlis are, as always, phenomenal). The plot tries too hard to be complex and unpredictable.

Big thumbs down to a filmmaker whom I absolutely adore.


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Release Date:

4 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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