When Alan Cowen’s (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy Cowen’s (Kate Winslet) son injures Michael Longstreet’s (John C. Reilly) and Penelope Longstreet’s (Jodie Foster) son, they gather at the Longsteets’ apartment to settle the dispute.
Initially cordial, the couples soon find themselves politely disagreeing as they get to know one another. Yet, the more they become friendly, the more they argue, with their boys’ incident punctuating the debate. Escalating to the point of yelling, these modern adults find that compromise and middle ground cannot enter their lexicon.
As the sun rises over the playground, the two boys talk and are friends again.
Based upon the critically acclaimed stage play “God of Carnage,” this film unfolds and moves like a play.
Alan is a lawyer neck-deep in a pharmaceutical case. His wife Nancy becomes upset at Michael admitting to setting loose his daughter’s pet in their city street, while Penelope’s politically correct attitudes rub the men the wrong way.
The pacing of this film is wonderful, taking a pedestrian setting (an apartment) and keeping the characters moving, emotional – and interesting.
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