The Details (2011)

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The Details (2011)
  • Time: 91 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
  • Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Tobey Maguire, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta

Storyline:

After ten years of marriage, Jeff and Nealy Lang (Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks) have an idyllic suburban home… and a relationship on the skids. But, when a family of hungry raccoons ransacks their perfectly manicured backyard, Jeff becomes single-mindedly obsessed with eradicating the pests by any means necessary. Soon the relentless rodents aren’t merely uprooting the lawn, but also overturning the Langs’ entire bourgeois existence, as the man-versus-beast battle leads into an absurd mess of infidelity, extortion, organ donation and other assorted mayhem.

One review

  • Like the best film noir, “The Details” forces us to recognize and engage with our darker natures, the often cruel vagaries of fate, and the fact that happy endings are often neither happy, nor endings. It is also incredibly funny. Tobey Maguire is excellent as a philandering Doctor named Jeff Lange, led inexorably down a path of mayhem and bad behavior in his efforts to conceal his impropriety from his sexually aloof wife, played by an equally excellent Elizabeth Banks. The rest of the cast is also quite strong, particularly Dennis Haysbert, whose turn as Jeff’s wizened friend/charity case, and seeming moral conscience, is played to brilliant effect.
    With large performances (including Laura Linney as a Blowsy seductress!), bold visuals, and masterfully satirical sound design, “The Details” is stupendously entertaining, a Brechtian meditation on questions moral, social and existential. Estes’ film is by turns hilarious and horrifying, often in the same moment. Not to be missed!!!

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