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Funny Games (2008)

Naomi Watts , Tim Roth , Michael Haneke  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet
  • Directors: Michael Haneke
  • Writers: Michael Haneke
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00187FPC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Games" on IMDb

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Genre: Suspense
Rating: R
Release Date: 10-JUN-2008
Media Type: DVD

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Michael Haneke is a modern master, which his spellbinding films Cache and The Piano Teacher proved to an international audience. When it came time for a Hollywood remake of his ultra-disturbing 1997 picture Funny Games, who better than Haneke himself to helm the new version? And indeed, the second Funny Games bears the impeccable sense of control and technique that the Austrian version had: it is a horrifyingly precise account of a family terrorized by two psychopathic young thugs at a vacation home. For anyone who's already seen the '97 film, this new one--a nearly shot-by-shot transcription of the original--will seem superfluous, no matter how impressive the performances of Naomi Watts and Tim Roth are. (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet are suitably creepy as their menacers, too.) For newbies, the movie might be as infuriating and thought-provoking as Haneke intends it to be. That's because Funny Games is an intellectual game itself, a direct rebuke to the audience that gobbles up gratuitous violence and cynical manipulation. Haneke sets up our expectations, and then refuses to provide the conventional catharsis… or the conventional anything. All of this was pretty bracing in the first go-round, but feels like gamesmanship in the remake. Even if you dig what Haneke's up to, this is a brutal movie-watching experience. --Robert Horton

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67 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Disturbing as it is Illuminating March 31, 2008
Not since "Requiem for a Dream" have I left a theater as speechlessly disturbed as I did when the final credits rolled for this one, the blood-red letters splattered over the deranged face of Michael Pitt's character driving home the relentless cruelty I'd just sat through. And never before had I personally felt so responsible for it. If Michael Haneke's point is that we as an audience become active participants in the violence the second we purchase our ticket for a film like this, his point is made rather forcefully. In the hands of the abundantly talented Naomi Watts and Tim Roth, who evoke pain and humiliation with grimaces and tears so compelling that they turn to daggers aimed at the audience itself, the film strips violence of any glamor it may have possessed as entirely as possible in a culture that shovels out billions every year in its name. Toying with the audience's conflicted emotions--the desire to witness cruelty mixing with a desperate hope that its victims will make it out alive--the movie feels like a murder mystery in which YOU, the reader, are guilty of the crime. "You," by paying to sit with your popcorn and 50-gallon soda to watch a film you knew contained unmitigated torture and death, are responsible for the victims' plight. The lasting irony of this profoundly disturbing film is that, through its own indulgence of extreme violence, it makes the most impassioned plea to the better side of our nature to hit the silver screen since Harvey Keitel's "Three Seasons." I recommend the film with great reservation, but I recommend it no less strongly--this is a film every human being must find the courage to confront.

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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If you read film reviews frequently you will occasionally come across the phrase, "this movie indicts the viewer." Never has this phrase been more appropriate than with Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," an Americanized remake of his 1997 film of the same name. Unlike the majority of people who will see this movie, I have not (yet) seen the original and knew little about either version before watching this. I didn't know what to expect when the movie began and, now that it's ended, I don't know what to think.

The basic summary one can give for this film feels simple enough; a nice suburban family consisting of George (Tim Roth), Ann (Naomi Watts), and their young son Georgie are vacationing at their semi-secluded lake house. Minutes after arriving, two young men appear at their house. Soon, they are being held hostage by the two men and are forced to play a series of little games all revolving around a little bet. The two men bet that the family will be dead by 9 a.m. the next morning and the family bets they'll be alive.

Well...something like that. The set-up appears to be just your average set-up for a hostage/slasher movie. But that's not what this film is at all. If you're looking for a horror film or a psychological thriller, start looking elsewhere. "Funny Games" is an indictment of moviegoers who are so accustomed to seeing on-screen violence we're desensitized to everything.

Here is a film where we have two, clean-cut, innocent looking men who just happen to be killers. They have no motive or explanation for what they're doing. We have a typical suburban family who have no idea what's going on and react appropriately and realistically to the situations they're thrown into.

The film absolutely defies convention in every aspect.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you hated this movie... June 13, 2012
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CONGRATULATIONS! That was the point.

Funny Games, if you've never seen this the first thing you probably noticed about it was the overwhelming amount of negative reviews which is why I would say Funny Games is less a movie and more of an experience to torture the audience as much as the victims are tortured. An upper class family are terrorized by two psychopaths in their summer villa. That's the story, but it's not what the story is, it's how it's told.

I've condemned other movies for being manipulative and exploitative, such as The Woman or We Need to Talk About Kevin. Funny Games is also manipulative and exploitative, however it doesn't use those tactics simply for plot convenience but to tell you a tired and true message in the most visceral way possible, while The Woman used cheap manipulation to make you hate white men and We Need to Talk About Kevin used piss-poor parenting to make Kevin look like an evil mega-genius.

A reviewer on here noted that people who liked Hostel and Saw will probably enjoy this film, but I'd say it's quite the contrary. Those movies use a slap-dash mystery plot, extreme violence/gore, and some sort of resolution at the end, all the while entertaining you with the over-the-top deaths. Funny Games has no violence, almost no plot, and no resolution, it's all just sick mind games; and the reason it's so effective is because it sets up age-old slasher tactics to make the audience cheer for the family while booing and hissing at the bad guys. Instead of getting a nice happy resolution with maybe a few unimportant side-characters getting picked off in the process, Haneke makes you endure each agonizing second of the humiliation and torture and then gives you no pay-off, effectively s***ting on typical expectations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Although it takes a while to get to the point ...
Although it takes a while to get to the point, it's well worth the wait. Truly one of the most frightening and well-spun tales of psychopath revelry I've ever seen. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kimberlyn Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy with it!
Published 1 month ago by JM Childers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As promised
Published 1 month ago by Grizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film!
Excellent film by M. Heneke, as thought-provoking as anything he has directed before or since. Many have commented on the premise of the film as a violent experience that takes YOU... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
Kept stopping on me waste of money smh.
Published 2 months ago by charlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD and price!!!
Published 2 months ago by Don Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie G
1.0 out of 5 stars So you criticize violence by being violent? Makes perfect sense!
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How my ratings work:
5 - I loved it
4 - I really like it
3 - I like it/Worth a look
2 - Don't like it
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Published 2 months ago by Marty Kingsley
1.0 out of 5 stars and boring. If you are the kind of person who ...
Snobbish, self indulgent, and boring. If you are the kind of person who says Moby Dick is your favorite book, then go ahead, watch this bilge. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Grant Vickery
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed..
I was told by a friend to watch this because it was suppose to be "really creepy and messed up". I was not impressed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by FItness guru
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