Carnage

Carnage

DVD - 2012
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Two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, the evening becomes quite chaotic as the parents become increasingly childish.
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (79 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Pen__
Mar 11, 2018

Themes- violence , intellect , civilized discussion, parental examples, youth, marriage

Funny - satirical
play like setting, one room, 4 adults demonstrating all that is wrong with humanity
Sarcasm, greed, mixed up priorities, bad marriages producing offspring, lies, deciet, fake behavior... chasing money, unfulfilled dreams

As the layers of civilized fake politeness come off, each characters true personality emerge.
The insecurities, repressed anger, priorities, jealousy, spousal hostility, lack of honesty, social class stereotypes, etc..

Fun satiracle study of human behavior in a pressure cooker setting...

Excellent writing, fast paced witty believable dialouge

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lavasushi
Dec 25, 2017

I can’t stand Roman Polanski. But I saw CARNAGE at the Unicorn Theatre and loved it. Great dialogue, well defined characters and their idiosyncrasy and all their quirky personalities. Don’t ever have just one child because you won’t have anything else to worry about.
Another example of helicopter parents dictating, controlling, and manipulating their child’s life so it can be “perfect” and stress free. I have see this film 3-4 times, and will watch it again.

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WindsorSteve
Jul 21, 2017

Has the atmosphere/feel of a theatre play (which it's based on). Great performances by a strong cast. Carnage is kinda like an "adult" version of Lord of the Flys...good intentioned meeting between a pair of parents of two teens who had a fight devolves into suspenseful chaos over the course of a just a few hours. If you like dialogue based theatre, you will probably like Carnage. If action flicks are your thing, this flick ain't for you.

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readyrisa
May 28, 2016

Oh my God! It's about 2 couple arguing....JUST AWFUL... had to give up midway.

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blkops33
Dec 05, 2015

Pretty good film for a play based one, I just wished she puked on the cell phone at the end, at least that's how I would have done it!

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velowallah
May 13, 2015

Four great actors could not save this terrible script. I didn't believe for a second that these people would stay in the same room and continue so long with their witless and empty bickering.

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scruff
Feb 26, 2015

An adaptation of the stage play "God of Carnage," this is 4 actors in a room. That's it. However, it keeps you watching just for the pure delight of the dialogue. It is superbly written, and the performances are outstanding. It is essentially a movie about what distinguishes men from beasts, adults from children, and how tenuous those distinctions are. A great film.

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brianthecat2
Mar 19, 2014

Excellent film for all helicopters parents to watch, and maybe rethink their basic child rearing plan?

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looper46
Jan 01, 2014

What great acting! Lots of different stories going on; and not a bad acting scene in the entire movie. No matter what you think of Roman Polanski, or his sex life, the dude can direct and keep actors on line, witness one of the best movies of the 70s, Chinatown. Underrated flick.

lasertravis Dec 28, 2013

Dull and overwrought talkfest never comes into it's own even with a star cast. Some funny lines, but not worth it.

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2013

Nancy Cowan: [reaching for the scotch bottle] Let's get out of here, Alan. These people are monsters.

Alan Cowan: Stop it, Nancy.

Nancy Cowan: No, no, no. I want to drink some more. I- I wanna get drunk off my ass! This- this bitch throws my bag against the ceiling, nobody lifts a finger. I wanna be blind drunk.

Alan Cowan: You're drunk enough.

Nancy Cowan: How can you let her call our son a criminal? We come over here to work things out with them and they, they insult us, they browbeat us, they lecture us about being good citizens of the planet! I am glad our son kicked the shit out of your son and I wipe my ass with your human rights!

Michael Longstreet: Wow! Get a couple of drinks in her and BAM!, her true self comes

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2012

Michael Longstreet: "Have you lost your mind now, too? Their son beats the sh*t out of Ethan, and you're in my face over a hamster." Penelope Longstreet: "Well, what you did to that hamster was wrong, and you can't deny that." Michael Longstreet: "I DON'T GIVE A SH*T ABOUT THE HAMSTER!" Penelope Longstreet: "Well, you're gonna give a sh*t about the hamster when your daughter gets home!" Michael Longstreet: "Bring her on! I'm not gonna be told how to act by some nine year old snot-nosed brat!" Alan Cowan: "I agree with him there... one hundred percent."

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2012

Nancy Cowan: "And Ethan?" Michael Longstreet: "What about Ethan?" Nancy Cowan: "Well, is he sad, too?" Michael Longstreet: "You know, Ethan's got other things on his plate, if you ask me." Penelope Longstreet: "Ethan wasn't attached to 'Nibbles'." Michael Longstreet: " 'NIBBLES!?! What the hell kinda p*ssy-ass name is that, anyway?" Nancy Cowan: "So if you feel no remorse, why should our son?" Michael Longstreet: "You know what? All this 'consultation' and 'consideration' sh*t - I'm sick to death of it. We were nice to you. We bought tulips! You know, my wife dressed me up as a liberal, but the fact of the matter is, I got no patience for this touchy-feely bullsh*t. I AM A SHORT-TEMPERED, SON OF A B*TCH. OKAY?"

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2012

Michael Longstreet: "Look, take a step back, and look at the situation we're in. Children suck the life out of ya, and leave ya old, and empty. That's the law of nature. You see these young couples, laughin' all the way to the altar, you think: "They don't know. Poor f*ckers have no idea. They're happy." Nobody tells you about this stuff in the beginning. I got this army buddy of mine, and he's gonna have a kid with his new girlfriend... I said to him: "A kid? At our age? Whattya stupid? You got maybe ten, fifteen good years left before you get cancer, or have a stroke, and you're gonna saddle yourself with a f*ckin' kid?!?" "

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2012

Michael Longstreet: "We're born alone, and we die alone. That's it. Who wants a little scotch?"

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