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Funny Games (2008) Movie Information

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4351

Avg. Rating:

2.57/4

# of Ratings:

91

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

03/07/2008

DVD Release:

06/10/2008

Director:

Michael Haneke

Actors:

Naomi Watts
Tim Roth
Michael Pitt
Brady Corbet
Devon Gearhart
Boyd Gaines

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A family vacation is interrupted by two educated, articulate and sadistic young men who come up with some interesting games for the family to play. -- Chris Kavan

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sapien 03/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's relentlessly horrific and grotesque.... I loved it!

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Snoogans 12/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A home invasion film that doesn't do anything new, but provides an okay time. Pitt and Corbet do make interesting villains and save the film from mediocrity.

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gideon43 05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A shot by shot remake of Director Michael Hanekes 1997 original (Which I'm ashamed to say I have yet to see) Funny Games is an indomitable and disturbing exercise in endurance. It is in essence, a movie that you feel compelled to stop watching. It pushes the viewers patience to the limit and continues to manipulate the emotions. Funny Games could hardly be classed as entertainment, its a challenging and gruelling ride and is intentionally horrific. I watched this movie after a lovely day out at the seaside with my family. I actually went to bed feeling distressed and drained. This feeling didn't subside for a couple of days; surely this is the true meaning of horror.

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  SIngli6
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03/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

America Gets Michael Haneke's Middle Finger

Michael Haneke's didactic essay on violent media is strangely well-suited for an American environ, with it's ironic cruelty and sadism being more pertinent for an audience that has eagerly embraced a bevy of grim and bloody sensationalised spectacles than one that has simply braved too much to relish such depravity. The comparative professionalism of this film to Haneke's naturalistic original will probably lead purists of this type of confrontational cinema to cry foul of bourgeois predilections, but I would humbly submit that the improved mise-en-scene actually works to absterge any trace amounts of sensationalism that were left by the independent aesthetic (which, in truth, is just as manipulative as the classic summer blockbuster) of the first version, creating a harsher, crueler, and...

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3/4 

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  Yojimbo
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02/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Funny Games" by Yojimbo

A pair of sociopathic young men take a young family hostage and force them to endure a series of torturous mindgames for their own amusement. Funny Games is basically torture porn's answer to Rope, the two young conservative psychos are obviously intelligent and creepily polite in the same way as the Leopold and Loeb alikes of that film. In fact Haneke admirably uses the Hitchcockian device of making certain events happen off screen, sparing us the more gruesome violence and its knowing self-referential post-modernism can be used as the excuse that its "making a point" in the same way as Natural Born Killers and Man Bites Dog were. Allegedly. But the irony card is a very easy one to play and never escapes the fact that it relies on exactly the same format and devices of every other exampl...

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2/4 

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  Franz Patrick
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06/05/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I Love Twisted Films But This Isn't One of Them

Going into the cinema, I thought I was in for a typical psychological thriller. But about an hour into the film, I felt kind of bad watching the story unfold as the family is terrorized and tortured in ways that are twisted and gratuitous. I wanted to like the film because it was daring and different (acknowledging that it is also a decent remake regardless of it being done shot by shot as the original), but there's something about the picture that is rotten and not meant to be taken in easily. If the point of the film is to make its audiences extremely uncomfortable, I give kudos to the director. I must say the acting here is on a higher level compared to other psychological thrillers. Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet give convincing performances as two preppy psychotic teenagers with a mor...

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2/4 

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