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Genres Comedy Drama
Running Time 79 min
MPAA rating R (for language)
Release Date Dec 16, 2011
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Carnage

After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

If you’re a parent, Roman Polanski’s “Carnage’’ may seem like 79 brisk, delightful minutes of schadenfreude. Based on Yasmina Reza’s 2008 play “Le Dieu du Carnage’’ (subsequently translated by Christopher Hampton into “God of Carnage’’ and a success on London and Broadway stages), the film covers one late afternoon in the lives of two upscale Brooklyn couples, the Longstreets and the Cowans. Their two young sons have had a playground set-to, and little Cowan has knocked out a few of young Longstreet’s teeth. The parents sit down to discuss the matter in civilized fashion, but civilization, as we and Polanski know, is a thin veneer over self-interest and rage. Let the games begin.

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