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Downsizing (2017)

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A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

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Alexander Payne
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Paul Safranek
Christoph Waltz ... Dusan Mirkovic
Hong Chau ... Ngoc Lan Tran
Kristen Wiig ... Audrey Safranek
Rolf Lassgård ... Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen
Ingjerd Egeberg ... Anne-Helene Asbjørnsen
Udo Kier ... Konrad
Søren Pilmark ... Dr. Andreas Jacobsen
Jason Sudeikis ... Dave Johnson
Maribeth Monroe ... Carol Johnson
Jayne Houdyshell ... Paul's Mother
Phil Reeves ... Audrey's Dad Larry
James Van Der Beek ... Anesthesiologist
Alison J. Palmer Alison J. Palmer ... Anesthesiologist's Wife
Tim Driscoll ... Good Friend Tim (as Timothy Edmund Driscoll)
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Storyline

A new world of possibilities awaits, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure known as Downsizing. Billed as environmentally-friendly, many people choose to downsize for economic benefits. When the kindly occupational therapist, Paul, undergoes the new procedure, finding himself in this brand-new existence, he must choose between a sheltered life or making an impact in his own small way. Can he help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time?

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

See life in a big way See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Norway

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Downsizing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,954,287, 24 December 2017

Gross USA:

$24,449,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,003,890
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The building which houses the scientific conference at the beginning of the movie is actually the Aga Khan Museum, located in Toronto, Canada See more »

Goofs

When the men go into the downsizing chamber, they are all hooked up to IV's. When the downsizing process is done, the IV's are all missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Andreas Jacobsen: [in Danish to technician who has rushed into his office] Yes, Jørgen?
Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen: [in Norwegian] We have it... Andreas, we have it... It works!
[the embrace]
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the end credits feature the camera zooming out from the chest outward of Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing Vitruvian Man. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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Written by Michèle Vice-Maslin and Michael Ochs
Performed by Britney Christian
Courtesy of Sweetersongs
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Much better than the ratings suggest imo
25 January 2018 | by gazmar62See all my reviews

After watching this film and then seeing the low rating for it I was really surprised, did I see the same movie ? this could have been a silly film about being small in a big world a bad borrowers concept maybe? I saw an interesting and emotional drama about an under achieved man , Paul (Matt Damon) looking for a better life, he is betrayed by the one person he wanted an improved life with. There is a message about mankind here too , our planet is overpopulated and we need to find a solution, the downsizing concept actually makes a lot of sense. As usual in the real world good ideas can be abused in the wrong hands or turned against humanity. Big or small there will always be a class system, winners and losers . Ok the film is far from perfect and loses its way a bit in the second half with the under explored imminent catastrophe angle. The quirkiness highlights come in the Vietnamese girl , Ngoc Lan Tran (Hong Chou) who takes over Pauls disappointing new life and his neighbour Dusan (Christoph Waltz) who adds a new spark, together they give Paul new purpose, a chance to make up for unfulfilled aspirations, at the end of the day what do we all want out of life ?


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