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Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz & John C. Reilly Unleash Verbal 'Carnage' In New Trailer

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 19, 2011 4:22 AM
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Yes, Roman Polanski's "Carnage" is indeed a comedy (with some drama) and if you had any doubt, this trailer should more than drive that point home.

Starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, and based on the play by Yasmina Reza, the New York-set story follows two sets of middle-class parents who meet after their children get into a fight at school. And well, this is the result. Humor has always been a part of Polanski's oeuvre to some degree or another, but here he delivers it at full pitch tilt in what looks like a pretty dazzling display of verbal warfare. Everyone looks to be operating on top gear, even Waltz who we feared might be a bit stiff, and clearly the incident with the children is just a catalyst for the problems facing both couples. Of course, the question remains how this oddly-toned film will play for the Academy who tend not to like to laugh, but so far at least one performance -- Winslet, at her wit's end with her husband's constant need to be on his cellphone -- seems to be an early highlight.

"Carnage" hits Venice and NYFF before arriving in theaters on December 16th. Trailer below. [Twitch]

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  • LA2000 | August 20, 2011 1:29 AMReply

    The trailer immediately brought to mind "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" but I'm not exactly sure how that translates to a decent box office return in this day and age.

    I am glad to see that Jodie Foster is finally taking a step away from the dour, joyless, and earnest roles that she has been stuck with ever since "The Accused" 20 years ago. If the trailer is any indication, it will be fun to watch her do something different.

  • Christopher Bell | August 19, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    Wow. Seems like it'd be a fun play. Film, no.

  • Snoopy | August 19, 2011 9:23 AMReply

    Looks grating, embarrassing.

  • Mr. Zeff | August 19, 2011 8:10 AMReply

    Kate Winslet seemed the weakest to me. I think Jodie Foster and John C Reilly were the highlights.

  • nate | August 19, 2011 7:24 AMReply

    The play was a lot of fun, but marcia gay harden had a lot to do with that. I don't know if Jody Foster can match the same whimsical juxtaposition of drama and comedy as effectively as Marcia

  • Mr. Arkadin | August 19, 2011 5:59 AMReply

    this guy can have my child any day of the week, eeehoooooo

  • Glass | August 19, 2011 5:03 AMReply

    I'm in.

  • Amir Syarif Siregar | August 19, 2011 4:57 AMReply

    "I am glad that our son kicked the shit out of your son. I wipe my ass with your human right!"

  • Elton Telles | August 19, 2011 4:56 AMReply

    I need this!

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