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Downsizing

  • 2018
  • R
  • 140min
  • 49%
  • 5.7 / 10

When scientists find a way to solve overpopulation by shrinking humans to five inches, married couple Paul and Audrey decide to escape their problems and get a better life by downsizing themselves. When scientists find a way to solve overpopulation by shrinking humans to five inches, married couple Paul and Audrey decide to escape their problems and get a better life by undergoing through the downsizing procedure.

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Downsizing debuted on August 30, 2017, at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. It was distributed in the U.S. theaters on December 22, 2017, by Paramount Pictures. The film was a box office flop, grossing only $55 million worldwide vis-à-vis a production budget of $68–76 million. It received a varied reception. Some critics attributed acclaim to Downsizing’s performances and plot, while some lambasted its execution and negligence in expounding a profound issue. Still, Downsizing won praise from the National Board of Review, which even considered it as one of the top ten films of 2017. It also earned Hong Chau the Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globe Awards held on January 7, 2018. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film an average rating of 49% based on 272 reviews, praising its talented cast, which is enough to make up for the film’s deficiencies. Likewise, Metacritic gave the film an average score of 63/100, indicating a mainly positive reception.

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Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay co-written by Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing is a 2017 American science fiction comedy-drama film featuring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, and Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Maribeth Monroe, Udo Kier, Rolf Lassgård, Ingjerd Egeberg, and Søren Pilmark. The film also brims with interesting cameos such as Margo Martindale, James Van Der Beek, Niecy Nash, Donna Lynne Champlin, Don Lake, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dem, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Joaquim de Almeida, Eric Burns, and Kerri Kenney-Silver.