Downsizing

Downsizing

DVD - 2018
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A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.
When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul Safrane and his wife Audrey decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA :, Paramount,, [2018]
Edition: EnglishFrenchSpanish dialogue version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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patbik
Jun 17, 2018

What a disappointment, and a waste of time. This movie had great potential, but I just don't know what happened along the way...maybe they ran out of funds.

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rugolin
Jun 15, 2018

A rare real misfire from the usually reliable Alexander Payne. Stealing the premise from the old scifi film The Fantastic Voyage,the movie start out well with an interesting setup and then goes absolutely nowhere once you get to the downsized community. The second half of the film is so interminable that it starts to feel like the director is just giving the audience a long and patronizing lecture and doesn't care if the movie has become unwatchable with unlikable characters.

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galileoecho
Jun 11, 2018

Watching this movie was a waste of time. It is supposed to be a "comedy". But nothing is funny. The story line was not clear. No main theme.

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anonymouswe
Jun 10, 2018

This film was fairly well acted. It felt like the Director & co-screenwriter (Alexander Payne) could not decide what kind of movie he was making. It was part quirky-character-driven drama, part quirky comedy, part serious drama, part raunchy comedy. And the mix was a complete failure. This is not uncommon when Directors leave what is their wheelhouse and attempt a different genre, but hang on tightly to their normal style. The pacing via editing was also incredibly sporadic. There were a number of times I just wanted to fast forward through a section (can't really call them scenes, just linger shots that were often multiple angles of the same thing that were just lingering shots where nothing was happening). In all, it was a lot of talent trying to do something across genres and failing at it.

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ehbrisson
Jun 09, 2018

Alexander Payne, the Mark Twain of "America's Heartland," goes mainstream with this high-concept, big-budget satire. Far more interesting than its well-intentioned political and environmental observations is the film's subtle-yet-trenchant commentary on the death of cinema as a shared cultural experience reflected in and resulting from our own "downsizing" from big, to small, to ever-smaller screens. In the film's final shot, what does Paul see when he gazes upon the lone theatergoer in the downsized slum village?

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P58Jackson
Jun 03, 2018

Unique and interesting take on an overpopulation, or planet destroying, situation. Clearly this movie is Sci-Fi, but it manages to wander into other areas. There comes turmoil, letdown, meeting new people that turn out to be different than expected. People that help themselves and people that help others. All-in-all, well worth watching.

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turtlecircus
Jun 02, 2018

As seen here . The symposium of this film ( blu-ray ) seems to be divided like today's politics , but it became a chore to watch by the end for me ... again just like today's politics . I usually enjoy Matt Damon and the Saturday Night alumnus but felt the acting over all was not up to par to what it could of been. The initial conceptual story line was interesting and leads to some provocative contemplation , but here ends up squeezed thin and unraveling in different directions by the finale ... and by the way , don't be fooled , the Special EFX was small in more ways than one !

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GiovanniS
May 29, 2018

Definitely a must-see on Blu-Ray, had some amazing visuals. The acting on it was decent, the Viet lady really injected some life in the movie and actually it subtly changed from being about Paul's (Matt Damon) frame, to being about her which I found interesting. If you look at it like a romantic drama/comedy with some social commentary in the mix to have you thinking, then I think this could be a great movie. May look at it again six months or so down the road....maybe.

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booksmile
May 26, 2018

More drama than comedy, but I still quite enjoyed it! Good messages about caring for people and the planet and appreciating life.

LoganLib_Kirra May 17, 2018

Downsizing is the new and popular trend in this movie where people shrink themselves down to move to small populated towns where they can live like kings. The first half of this movie was a great comedic plot based on a cool idea but then it seemed to split into two totally different plots and I was left at the ending wondering, "What was the point?" but I'd still recommend you watch it at least once for plenty of laughs.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

And then of course, when we get to politics, Israelis shrinking Palestinians,
-Ron...
African dictators shrinking rival ethnic groups.
-Ron. Look, Ron. In any major transformation of society, are there serious growing pains?
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In the 1950s, the institute identified over-population as mankind's single greatest long-term threat, the cause of all the catastrophes we are seeing today-- extreme climate and weather events, and the devastating impact on food and water security.
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No offense, but um... do you think if you're that small you should still have all the same rights as the rest of us normal-sized people? I mean, like the right to vote?
-Why wouldn't we?
Oh, well, jeez, let's see, um... You don't buy as many products, you're not paying as much sales tax, and some of you aren't even paying any income tax. I mean, you're not really participating in our economy, are you?

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

The world has already seen five major extinctions, and now there will be another. I...I didn't want to believe it. None of us did, but there we were in Helsinki, big and small. Climatologists, bacteriologists, demographers, physicists, immunologists, 26 Nobel Prize winners among us. We built all the models, did all the math, and all conclusion was consistent. Homo Sapiens will soon vanish from the Earth. It is now an actuarial certainty. No matter how the end will come-- environmental disaster, pandemic disease, unbreathable air, impotable water, not enough food, nuclear winter, some combination of them all. Relatively soon the Earth will indeed purge itself of human life, and God knows how many other species.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

Friends tell friends the truth. Okay, maybe sometimes I'm a little bit asshole, but the world needs assholes. Otherwise where would shit go out?
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Equivalent value. You're solidly inside the Blue Chip zone. In Leisureland your $152,000 translates to $12.5 million-- to live on, for life.
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When you know death comes soon, you look around things more close.
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Oh, did you hear about all that gas being released in Antarctica? From the ice? The methane?
-Oh, I haven't really been following the news that much lately.
Apparently it's a big deal. Scientists are saying the more the ice melts, the more methane comes out making more ice melt.
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I ask myself, Dusan, why the people they want to become small? To help the environment? Please. They become small to have the things which until now were only for the rich, which, by the way, is the genius of the concept.

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Lucik32
Apr 05, 2018

“What kind of f* you give me?” “American people give eight kind of f*. Love f*, hate f*,sex-only f*, break-up f*, make-up f*, drunk f*, buddy f* and pity f*.”

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