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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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Jean-Marc Vallée

Writer:

Bryan Sipe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Davis
Naomi Watts ... Karen
Chris Cooper ... Phil
Judah Lewis ... Chris
C.J. Wilson ... Carl
Polly Draper ... Margot
Malachy Cleary ... Davis' Dad
Debra Monk ... Davis' Mom
Heather Lind ... Julia
Wass Stevens ... Jimmy
Blaire Brooks ... Amy
Ben Cole ... Steven
Brendan Dooling ... Todd
James Colby ... John
Alfredo Narciso ... Michael
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

LIFE: Some Disassembly Required.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demolição See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) is writing a complaint letter to Champion Vending regarding peanut MMs that got stuck. Champion Vending is in fact a real provider of Vending and Pantry services to the New York market. A portion of the movie was shot at Champions Corporate offices and Champion is featured 78 different times in the movie. Jean Marc liked the operation so much he asked to use the actual facility and logo. 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

Davis: [to Phil] There was love between us your daughter and I, it's just that I didn't hold onto it well enough
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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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Touch Me, I'm Going to Scream (Pt. 2)
Written by Jim James (as James Edward Olliges, Jr.)
Performed by My Morning Jacket
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Heavy, but real.
29 March 2016 | by allstarrunnerSee all my reviews

Don't go into this expecting a comedy, even though that is one of the tags on the IMDb page. Though it does have elements of dark comedy.

This is not a lighthearted movie, to say the least; yet I would describe it as powerful and very "real." It is the complete opposite of a fairy tale and the complete opposite of romantic comedies - and that is very refreshing. It will cause you to think long and hard about your own relationships. You will continue to think about the movie long after you have left the theater.

If you like thought provoking movies that have very authentic characters and story lines, then I recommend this movie for you. The movie isn't all dark, it does have it's lighthearted moments and I felt it did a great job building the emotion as the movie went on.


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