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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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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:

$1,100,042, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:

$1,978,592

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,366,460
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Davis Mitchell was almost cast as Spider-Man for Spider-Man 2 (2004). Similarly, Judah Lewis who plays Chris Moreno was among the top six actors competing for the role of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). See more »

Goofs

When Davis is in the diner and speaks to Karen while she's in the parking lot smoking pot, he says she's in a Corolla when she is clearly driving a Camry. See more »

Quotes

Davis: You are one fucked-up kid.
Chris: You're one fucked-up adult.
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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
Courtesy of ATO Records
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Most original movie in 2016
2 July 2016 | by brigitte_delfzijlSee all my reviews

FYI: I don't review a lot of movies, except when I feel like I need to tell the world about how they would be missing out if they decided not to watch it. That's how I feel about Demolition. Plus, I've never voted for a 10/10.

Jake Gyllenhaal steals the show, once more. His performance astounds me in every single movie, and just when I thought, oh this may be the first movie I'll watch where he'll disappoint; he does the opposite. I also think that the trailer is way less exciting than the movie.

This story is so honest, refreshing, naked, thrilling, and yet dreamy at the same time. Most of the movie I was sort jealous of them, of the way they are dealing with life. It's disturbing and quite wacky to be honest, but still. The way Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal portray the characters is phenomenal. Great casting. Also the kid does an amazing job.

This movie portrays how people are far from perfect, and not in a way we've all seen before. It's original, moving, and a pleasure to watch.


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