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Demolition (2015)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

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Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful private equity fund partner, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew. Written by Fox Searchlight

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LIFE: Some Disassembly Required.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexual references, drug use and disturbing behavior | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Demolição  »

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Box Office

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,098,290, 10 April 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,978,592, 21 April 2016
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Trivia

Chris Cooper plays Jake Gyllenhaal's father-in-law. In October Sky (1999), Chris played the role of Gyllenhaal's father. See more »

Goofs

Chris is shown to draw a target on the mirror with lipstick which vanishes magically when Davis uses the mirror again in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Chris: [shopping at the hardware store] Why you buying all this shit?
Davis: Uh, the tools of the trade, my young friend.
Chris: What trade would that be?
Davis: Destruction, devastation. I mean, haven't you ever wanted to just smash the shit out of something?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Davis says: "Warmest regards, Davis C. Mitchell". See more »

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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

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When I Was Young
Written by Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs (as Victor Briggs), Barry Jenkins (as Barrie Jenkins), Danny McCulloch, and John Weider
Performed by The Animals
Courtesy of ABKCO Records a division of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
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A film about grief being held together by a great performance.
8 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Demolition is grief at high-speed, a bumpy road of a fantastic character study held together by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Gyllenhaal plays Davis Mitchell, a man struck by the sudden loss of his wife. Following his passage of grief we learn a lot about him and his emotions towards his wife. Gyllenhaal does a phenomenal job, I consider myself a fan of everything he's done but here he brings alive a character that's hard to sum up on paper, a man lost in a state of being so foreign to him.

Other than Gyllenhaal's performance the film follows a lot of predictable points, a few walking cliché characters and a hell of a lot of letter writing. Nothing unbearable, just a little bit too on the nose. Although the editing is very commendable and felt different to the usual expectation, although it does make the film seem slightly too fragmented at points in which more clarity would have helped.

While parts of Demolition may be somewhat average it's still worth the watch for Jake Gyllenhaal and another one of his wonderful acts alone.


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