My sister is a big fan of the actor, Christoph Waltz, who stars in this movie. In a way, she sort of introduced me to it…and there is only so long that you can listen to someone quote a movie before you decide to watch the movie too.

Two couples meet up. Their kids have been in a fight. And then we are treated to 80 minutes of couples arguing, with some sick thrown in for good measure. Its like a better-dressed version of the Jeremy Kyle show. And this film being by Polanski doesn’t really save it. Its described as a comedy, but its probably black comedy if anything. I would have had more fun bashing my face in with a wooden stake studded with nails than I did watching this film. I even found myself skipping some short scenes out of desperation.

Kate Winslet, Jodi Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly are the small menage in this movie. It feels so stagey, and there is no real resolution at all. If you like vomit scenes, or Christoph Waltz with no trousers on, then this is your sort of film. If you want to study a minimalist play, then go and read the play this is based on. But seriously…

Kate Winslet’s acting is wooden, and Waltz does some good phone acting (muttering quickly into a phone, furrowing of the brow, you get the idea.) John C. Reilly looked a bit lost, as if he’d wandered into the wrong room but was too nervous to ask for directions.

At least the hamster was OK in the end.

MY RATING: 1 / 5.

My sister was the main inspiration for me watching the film and writing this post. Please go and check out her blog which is about films, music and Leo di Caprio ( Thanks.


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