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Running Time:
1 hour, 52 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for terror, violence and some language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A gimmicky and pretentiously artsy psycho-thriller that turns into a vile exercise in movie-making.

Additional Info:
CAST:
Naomi Watts ... Ann
Tim Roth ... George
Michael Pitt ... Paul
Brady Corbet ... Peter
Devon Gearhart ... Georgie
Boyd Gaines ... Fred



Funny Games
This is a remake of director Michael Haneke's 1997 Austrian thriller with the same title. It's the story of a husband and wife - George (Tim Roth "Planet of the Apes") and Anna (Naomi Watts "King Kong") and their son Georgie (Devon Gearhart "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius") who go to their gated vacation home for a relaxing week.

Just moments after they arrive, two presumably nice young men (Michael Pitt "The Dreamers" and Brady Corbet "Thunderbirds") wearing white preppy summer outfits and white gloves show up at their door claiming to be friends of their neighbor and asking to borrow some eggs. But it turns out these are not the friendly young men they seem to be, and before long it's obvious that they are turning their home into a scene of terror, torture and other mayhem as they play their "funny games," including betting Ann and George that in 12 hours, they will no longer be alive.

The holding-the-family-hostage movie has been done before: "Desperate Hours" (1955 and 1990) and "Firewall" (2006). But this one is far more brutal, relentless and devastating. If you can't handle horror movies, don't even think of seeing this one. It will rip your heart out and play with it while you sit in your seat, unable to breathe. It's sometimes brilliant but at the same time it can be really annoying, as Michael Haneke breaks every rule of filmmaking.

This artsy psycho-thriller is quite unique, and undoubtably gripping, but despite its demented brilliance, this vile exercise in movie-making will leave most audiences aghast.






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