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The Details (2012)

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50

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7

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34

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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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

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Comedy

Apr 30, 2013

$63.6k

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"The Details" is not just entertaining, but potentially useful.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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As the title suggests, it's all in the details, which writer-director Estes provides in large if not always convincing doses.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's hard to make a fine actress like Laura Linney look off-key and shrill, but "The Details" manages to do just that. It's hardly an accomplishment.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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"The Details" cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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"The Details" wears its quirky heart on its sleeve, signaling (and smirking at) its own silliness, at every opportunity, with an intrusively antic score that makes everything sound like a giant joke.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Despite some tonal stumbles, the film mostly finds its footing and becomes an enjoyable comic enterprise.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

a painfully dull slog through an exceedingly stupid subdivision

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

The script is somewhat provocative in its examination of relationships during absurd circumstances, but its twists eventually become less compelling.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Estes never seems to find the balance between dark farce and existential drama, and the cast - especially the goofy Maguire - is left trying to sort it all out.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

There are a few highlights worth a look and an accomplished supporting cast to ease the oddity along, yet The Details doesn't add up to much despite its rather elaborate design of misery.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

It's a Weinstein release, but I don't foresee any big Oscar push for this wacky misfire.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The longer it went on, the more eager I was for it to be over.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A very well cast, R-rated TV sitcom.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Bad choices and immoral acts go unpunished in dark comedy.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The wacky is forced and unfunny and the misery is nowhere near wretched enough.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Maguire, given the chance to play "a dirty philanderer" and "a cheating, cat-killing liar," wrings every laugh he can out of this character. He may not be Spider-Man any longer, but his bug eyes never let him down.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Audience Reviews for The Details

Strange movie. Strange concept...
September 7, 2013
itsjustme2004

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21/12/2012 (DVD)
December 28, 2012
EightThirty

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Putting my dislike for Tobey Maguire aside, "The Details" remains entertaining despite a constant shift between quirky comedy and thoughtful drama. The question burning on my mind was how Jeff Lang (Macguire) could have gone so long prior to this film's events without messing everything up completely, because "The Details" is that film where the lead character falls down a rabbit hole of mistakes. Sexually frustrated and boyish ignorant, Jeff cheats on his wife twice, gets his neighbor's cat killed, and loses a ridiculous amount of money, all to keep his wife from finding out. The only difference, in this film, is that all the characters are equally bad and the eventual conclusion is original in that most "rabbit hole" films don't take the higher road where those affected understand the predicaments at hand. Elizabeth Banks does a decent job remaining likable as the stuffy stay-at-home mom, Macguire does nothing to change my slanted opinion about him, and in very small roles, Kerry Washington and Dennis Haysbert blow me away with their impeccable ability to embody their characters and instantly garner emotions toward them. Haysbert's character is by far the best thing about the film and produces most of the serious emotions brought on throughout the film, which makes his eventual arc that much more sad and disturbing. Had the entire film focused on a level of emotion like this, it would have completely stood apart from any quirky comedies today. Instead, its absurdity brings it to the same base level that come from most swept-under-the-rug comedies.
September 12, 2013
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