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Demolition

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Directed By
Jean-Marc Vallée
Produced By
Lianne Halfon
Russ Smith
Molly Smith
Trent Luckinbill
Sidney Kimmel
Jean-Marc Vallée
Thad Luckinbill
John Malkovich
Written By
Bryan Sipe
Edited By
Jay M. Glen
Cinematography
Yves Bélanger
Music By
Edward Shearmur
Studio
Black Label Media
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Mr. Mudd
Distributed By
Country
United States
Language
English
Release Date
September 10, 2015 (TIFF)
April 8, 2016 (United States)
Runtime
100 minutes
Rating
Budget
$2.7 million


Demolition is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Bryan Sipe. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, and Judah Lewis. The film opened the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released on April 8, 2016, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.


Plot

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 as Davis Mitchell
  • Naomi Watts as Karen Moreno
  • Chris Cooper as Phil
  • Judah Lewis as Chris Moreno
  • C.J. Wilson as Carl
  • Polly Draper as Margot
  • Malachy Cleary as Davis' Dad
  • Debra Monk as Davis' Mom
  • Heather Lind as Julia

Reception

Box office

In the United States and Canada, pre-release tracking suggested the film would gross $2–3 million from 854 theaters in its opening weekend, trailing fellow newcomers The Boss ($20–24 million projection) and Hardcore Henry ($7–10 million projection). It ended up grossing just $1.1 million in its opening weekend, finishing 15th at the box office.

Critical response

Demolition received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 52%, based on 130 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's consensus reads, "Demolition benefits from a stellar cast, even if their solid work isn't always enough to prop up a confused story that aims for profundity but too often settles for clichés." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 49 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

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