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Release Date: April 8th, 2016

DVD Release Date: July 19th, 2016

R|1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary
Grieving investment banker Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) returns to work after losing his beloved wife in a tragic car accident. After writing a letter to complain about a vending machine, Mitchell receives a phone call from Karen (Naomi Watts), a customer service rep from the company. Karen becomes moved by his complete honesty, while Davis finds someone to lend a sympathetic ear. As his new friendship with Karen and her son grows, Mitchell finds the strength he needs to rebuild his life.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, C.J. Wilson, Polly Draper, Heather Lind, Debra Monk

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Mr. Mudd, Black Label Media, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: House, Friendship, Love, Escape, Hospital, Son, Emotional, 2010s, Transformation, Office

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Demolition strikes a tricky balance; it’s a comedy of manners that never judges its hero’s bizarre behavior. Had it stuck to its emotional guns, it would stand much taller, but even its ultimate flaws can’t erode its sturdy foundation. show more

  • Though it’s laudable that Vallée and his cast tried not to make just another story about someone wallowing in his grief, their alternative coddles Davis’s mourning with a rampant colourfulness that’s suffocating. show more

  • It’s a unique take on what could otherwise be a morbidly depressing tale of loss and grief, dishing out tons of energy and spats of devilish humor, though not always fitting its numerous parts into a succinct whole. show more

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