The Details (2012)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
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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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As the title suggests, it's all in the details, which writer-director Estes provides in large if not always convincing doses.
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.
"The Details" cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at.
"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.
It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.
Despite some tonal stumbles, the film mostly finds its footing and becomes an enjoyable comic enterprise.
The script is somewhat provocative in its examination of relationships during absurd circumstances, but its twists eventually become less compelling.
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.
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.
It's a Weinstein release, but I don't foresee any big Oscar push for this wacky misfire.
The wacky is forced and unfunny and the misery is nowhere near wretched enough.
Audience Reviews for The Details
- Jeff Lang: The things I'm thinking you couldn't imagine.
- Lincoln: It's impossible to reason with an unreasonable person.
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