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People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek and wife Audrey decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.
Comedy Drama Sci-Fi - This begins as an odd science fiction/fantasy comedy becomes more of
a serious social satire. Fans of Matt Damon will enjoy while those
of Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig may be
disappointed by their far more limited time. Language, drug and
alcohol content, nudity, and mature themes make the film not for
PROFANITY: 23 F-words; 4 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Full frontal male nudity and bare breasts in a non-sexual context. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco, ecstasy, and frequent alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Absurdist sight and physical gags; some comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average There are some fantastic things happening in Downsizing. It's a movie of big concepts and bigger aspirations. Unfortunately, the central character is as small figuratively as he is literally, and that limits the movie's capacity to enthrall and engage.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ...a bland story about a nondescript khaki-wearing guy who learns to care about the less-fortunate. It's the least-interesting way to go with what is a pretty interesting premise.
NY PostFull Review Average Only when the group sets out on an international voyage does it seem Payne remembers the central premise that his characters are inches tall. Cue the shot of a giant dandelion, but for this viewer, it was too little, too late.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 37 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The 2 males and 6 females all LOVED "DOWNSIZING."
ADULTS: The adult reviews are pretty mixed with the females enjoying it more than the males. About 40% of the males loved it with another 25% indicating that they enjoyed it very much. Another 25% felt it was a "Good/Average" movie. Less than 10% rated it as low as "fair." Most of the ladies loved it with just 25% rating it "good/average."
Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) settled for a smaller version of himself a long time
Barely making ends meet on his salary as an Omaha Steaks occupational
therapist, he had failed to deliver on wife Audrey's (Kristen Wiig) oversized
dreams and forfeited his own to meet others' expectations. Future prospects for
the barely middle-class couple, childless and in their 40s, had hit a wall.
decade had passed since he watched Norwegian Scientist Dr. Jorgen Asbjornsen
(Rolf Lassgard) and his team wow the world with a solution to its biggest
problem - overpopulation. The solve? Cellular miniaturization better known as
downsizing. The goal? Convince six percent of the world's population to
voluntarily shrink themselves to 5-inches in 200 years and minimize the
possibility of human extinction.
Living small had a big purpose. But the noble
quest to save the human race needed a little fine tuning.