Movie Review – Downhill

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DownhillI loved this movie. It was absolutely not the normal Will Ferrell comedy I was expecting. I love his comedies: Step Brothers is in my top 5 movies, but this wasn’t remotely like that. It was great in so many different ways.

Here’s a heads up first: don’t go expecting a comedy. I mean there were a few moments that the situation was funny, but the overall movie is basically the gritty way life ends up if you become complacent and lose yourself as an individual during a marriage.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus did such a fantastic job that she was the showstopper. I could feel everything she was going through: she delivers a performance that was so true and so dead on correct that it gave me a whole new respect for her. That lady can act.

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You feel throughout this entire movie; you feel for Pete; you feel for Billie; and you feel for the kids. The movie showcased what each individual was going through and what the family was going through together as a unit. A terribly broken unit, but a family unit nonetheless.

I was riveted the entire time and the ending blew me away. What Billie ends up doing was so amazing that it gave me chills. I highly recommend this movie. More so to those of us over 40. It’ll really hit home with that age group. I’m not sure that the 30 and younger crowd have really started dealing with these issues yet, so it’s probably not for them.

Grade: A+

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There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Downhill. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for language and some sexual material
Genres: Comedy, Drama

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  • Anonymous

    Glad you liked this movie but never could decide if they were trying to make it a comedy or a drama. Did nothing for my wife or I and would not recommend it to my friends.

  • Susanne

    Odd movie. I felt like it was 1.5 hours of incomplete sentences. Father grief, infidelity, Personal reaction to events, interaction with kids, it just seemed like incomplete plot development. Maybe something you’d talk to your therapist or girlfriends about over dinner or drinks but not much substance for a movie experience. Meh.

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