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Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.
Comedy Drama - This dark comedy is a showcase for the well known comic gifts of stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell, whose fans will have plenty to enjoy here. Language, mild sexual content, and adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 3 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief masturbation without nudity. VIOLENCE: A hard fall with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: Some skiing action; an avalanche. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, physical gags, sometimes suggestive.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...a largely inferior American knockoff that's far less dynamic than the 2014 dark comedy it's based on. With all of this talent on hand, it's a let down to see them soften the edges in this depiction of a marriage dealing with disaster, and then try to make it familiar with some cheap comedy.
NY PostFull Review Average You impatiently tap your foot, waiting for the belly laughs to come. They never do. On the whole, the pairing of these two comedy titans is forgettable and slow as an ice age. To put it in skiing parlance: "Downhill" is pizza-ing when it needs to french-fry.
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average The dreary and disconcertingly unfunny Downhill leaves you feeling nothing. The rich possibilities in the casting of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus...go frustratingly unexplored. Where Force Majeure went for broke, Downhill hedges its bets. For audiences, it's a wipeout.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average Downhill never makes much of an impact as it moves from one mildly amusing cringe-comedy set piece to the next. More than anything else, it's Louis-Dreyfus's performance that sticks with you after the film is over.
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