Jodie Foster stars as Penelope, Kate Winslet as Nancy, John C. Reilly
as Michael and Christoph Waltz as Alan - a group of parents in New York
City dealing with trouble between their kids.
In an incident seemingly driven by some playground bullying, Nancy and
Alan's child hit Penelope and Michael's child with a stick when he
didn't want to take the abuse anymore. Of course, in today's high
strung, litigious society, this is a matter for a massive meeting far
exceeding the peace accords between Egypt and Israel at Camp David.
As the four try to hammer out some understanding, resolution and steps
to move forward, we get a glimpse into their lives, personalities,
troubles, marriages and more.
I love Carnage
because it is one of those movies that tears back the curtain of
civility to reveal what people truly think and feel, which leads to
plenty of hearty laughs and some shocks. Writer Yasmina Reza and
co-writer/director Roman Polanski (based on Reza's script for the play
Gods of Carnage) keep the action flowing by
alliances and topics.
Some may be scared of a movie essentially set in one apartment, but the
dialogue keeps the audience glued to the screen as we wonder who is
going to say what next, and who will side with them, especially as the
conversation turns from the kids to the various marital issues each
couple is facing. Plus, we get a heaping helping of how people today
are functioning in society, and what society is like (and you may not
like what you see).
Particularly, Oscar winner Waltz shows he is just as adept at comedy as
he is at drama. His smart aleck reactions to the statements being made
by the others in the room are the stuff of legend for anyone who is a
bit fed up with the touchy, feely, oversensitive way many issues are
handled today. Often, we see Alan becoming the instigator as he becomes
bored with what is happening around him, which leads to hilarious
laughs, and some great flustered and surprised emotions coming from his
is one of the funniest movies of the year, but one that may not make
you laugh if you see yourself in it or take life a little too
is rated R for language