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The Details Review From the Sundance Film Festival Starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks

Sundance Snapshot: The Details

I've already given you the scoop on My Idiot Brother, but the Paul Rudd comedy isn't the only film that Elizabeth Banks was promoting at Sundance. Her second movie, The Details, is also about a family, but that's where the similarities between the two end. Here's more about the black comedy.

  • Who's behind it? The film stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Kerry Washington, Ray Liotta, and Laura Linney. It was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes.
  • What's it about? Jeff (Maguire) and Nealy (Banks) have been married for 10 years, and are starting to feel the negative effects of suburban married life: they rarely sex anymore, and they're constantly at each other's throats. When he's not escaping to the world of Internet porn, Jeff becomes obsessed with trapping the raccoons that have been destroying his new lawn. Between his two new hobbies, Jeff inadvertently sets off a chain of events that get him into more trouble than he ever could have imagined.

So is this your kind of film? Find out when you read more.

  • What did I think? The Details definitely has some twisted moments, but it's not hard to find the humor in this black comedy. Banks and Maguire bring plenty of comedy to their over-the-top arguments (in one scene we can't even hear the debate, leaving only their animated facial expressions to tell the story). Laura Linney is particularly hilarious as the eccentric lady next door who has an eye for Jeff, and Tobey Maguire's wide-eyed expressions of surprise consistently deliver laughs in the face of Jeff's slow spiral downward. The film certainly takes on some issues that will raise eyebrows for some (infidelity and animal abuse come to mind), but if you take it all in stride, The Details is ultimately a quirky comedy about how no deed (good or bad) goes unpunished.
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