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Carnage

April 1, 2012

“Are you ready to watch four rich white people argue for 90 minutes?”

This is the question I asked my girlfriend before we watched a pedigreed cast of oscar winners/nominees engage in a battle of white-collar proportions. Oscar Winner/fugitive director Roman Polanski adapted this play into a single location acting fest. The result is a curious mix of curiousness. The best part of this film is that it is a dramedy. Not one of those depressed rich white people movies like Revolutionary Road.

It was nice to not see Christoph Waltz playing another bad guy like he did in Green Hornet and Three Musketeers. Also, it was fantastic seeing Jodie Foster back on the big screen. The best part is that Kate Winslet did this instead of a sequel to the fright fest known as The Holiday.

Arguing/humorous rich people are always better than depressed rich people. This movie runs through every emotional gamut that people can experience. It is also the first movie where you will hear John C. Reilly say “high falluting claptrap.”

A single argument about a school yard fight spawns a huge verbal brawl involving hamster freedom, plumbing, liberalism and cobbler. You will hear “what does this have to do with anything” many times in the film Carnage.

Christoph Waltz gets all the best lines in the film. His character has a cell phone attached to his ear and seems to be along for a ride full of scotch, cigars and Dutch tulips.

The fight takes multiple angles and makes unlikely allies. The couples express their unhappiness while under the influence of delicious 18-year-old scotch. The movie is a fun examination of the stupidity of arguments and the unhappiness involved in everyday life.

Watch Carnage. Realize how crazy your arguments can become. Go buy some beautiful scotch.

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