R for drunken slurs, combative marriages, poor conflict resolution skills

Release Date: December 16, 2011

Based on the successful play God of Carnage, which was in turn based on the successful sentiment that people are jerks, Roman Polanski’s new film is here to remind us that hey, there are worse things you can do than sexually assault a 13-year-old.

The claustrophobic story of two couples losing their humanity over the course of an evening reminds me of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but if the absurdism were replaced with vomit.

It’s nice to see that John C. Reilly has returned from a stint of gross-out comedies to reclaim the mantel of Boorish Father in American Cinema. Between this and We Need To Talk About Kevin, Reilly has become the face of ineffectual parenting in Hollywood. If you’re looking to cast a crappy dad in your prestigious awards-season film, well, look no further than Reilly’s doughy visage.

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