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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Talky play-based film examines parental woes; some swearing.

Movie R 2011 80 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Like a gloves off PTA meeting

Clearly a play...competent actors that know their way around each other, the set, and the material. There are certain turns that make sense in a play but in a film come off as a bit contrived. But the dialogue is stellar and seeing mild-mannered upper class New Yorkers go at each others throats is therapeutic as an audience member who has been in PTA meetings with many people like this. A slice of "regular" life and its ugly underbelly.
age 18+
An interesting film that takes place in one setting. Heavy language meant for adults.

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Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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We get to see four fine actors do what they do best here, and that may be this film's biggest offering. You can imagine that CARNAGE, in its original, Tony-winning stage version, would be thrilling to watch -- so quick is the patter, so witty the banter, so sharp the material. And all that's definitely still here. The film is incisive, breathtakingly well-acted (Foster is at her brittle, earnest best), and uproarious in many parts.

But well within the first half-hour, it feels limited by its setting: a living room in Brooklyn. It's so clearly a play that you can't help but be distracted by the staginess. Viewers who didn't know it was a play first will probably be particularly perplexed about why we're stuck in this one apartment; the only reprieve (and it truly feels like one) is when the couples briefly go out into the hallway. The dialogue is also sometimes a giveaway; it's expository, and everyone talks a lot.

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