We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

DVD - 2012
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"Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined."--Imdb

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poolman
Sep 27, 2017

Conflicted - whether to really, really like this or be put off totally. It's not the subject matter (how many times have we come across "evil" young people acting out their hates) but in this film I cannot rationalize mother's ignoring her son's complete hatred for her over 16 years nor can I understand dad's complete obliviousness to the two-faced kid he's got. Don't mum and dad ever talk? Is he blind; is she impotent? Doesn't make sense to me. Better they had tried to cure their son and failed; now that would've been more realistic to me. Reading Ezra Miller's bio (he was Kevin as a teenager) is a bit scary too - he certainly was the right person for the part.

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fdb045
Apr 14, 2017

This movie is not entertainment!
Not worth watching unless you are interested in watching a case study on a troubled child and the sad effects.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 02, 2017

A very dark film about a mother's relationship with her disturbing son and the aftermath after he does the unthinkable. This film is excellently crafted, but the subject matter, based on the book of the same name, is so chilling and despicable that the faint of heart may have to turn away. There are no happy moments to be had here. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is essentially about how blame is placed and how society handles catastrophe by finding a scapegoat, whether or not they are at fault. It makes you cringe to watch a clearly unwell little boy grow up with no reprimand for his unruly and cruel behavior, and any punishment he does receive never sticks. Despite his mother perpetually trying to alert others (her husband, doctors, etc.) to the problem, nobody else seems to see it until it's too far gone. And at that point, who do you blame and why? How can you blame someone who has done everything in their power to prevent something from happening and has suffered nothing but obstacles from everyone she has confided in? It's hard to even fathom and so simple to see how innate evil is tolerated and sugarcoated until it explodes and causes damage in other people's lives. This film is an interesting character study, both of a powerless mother and a tad too powerful son, but it made me feel horrible inside, to see the rotten run freely. I've watched it once and I'm certain I'll never see it again, because it's too frightening a thought, but I would still recommend WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN to anyone who has a good heart but can handle observing such a high degree of depravity.

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BlueHippo
Jan 12, 2017

Well, this was an okay movie. The only thing that I would say is that this is a woman who should NEVER have had a second child, given the problems she was having with the first one! I guess after trying to deal with the situation as this mother did (realistically) and not getting any support (or having people even believe me), I would have packed my bags and told my husband to enjoy his son and left.

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michaelbrouillette
Jan 27, 2015

The first 10 minutes or so are very, very confusing. But once you get past that you start to get into the rhythm of the movie and the plot starts to make sense. I really enjoyed this, a great film. It's not for everyone however, and I have to say John C. Riley felt very out of place. For me he's a pure comedy actor, and whenever I see him in a movie, regardless of what he's doing, he cracks me up.

I say give it a watch, but don't give up if the first bit confuses you.

JasonAT Jan 16, 2015

If you get by the first 10 minutes of the movie, you might find yourself liking it. There are some movie's out there that depend on the Actor carrying the movie, that if it weren't for her performance, it might not have been as interesting. This is one of those movies.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Eva and Franklin are an upscale yuppie couple; she’s a successful travel writer while he enjoys a lucrative white collar career. Everything changes however when their firstborn, Kevin, makes his appearance. From the outset it is clear something is wrong for the baby cries constantly when he’s alone with Eva yet becomes a cooing angel when Franklin comes home. As a toddler and young child Kevin will not interact with Eva except in the most hurtful and destructive ways, even refusing to be toilet trained until he’s well past the walking and talking stage. Despite reassurances from her pediatrician that her son is “normal”, Eva watches Kevin continue to grow into a mean and cold-hearted adolescent devoid of any empathy who takes delight in taunting her and terrorizing the little sister that adores him; even a homemade disc entitled “I Love You” which Eva finds hidden in his bedroom contains nothing but pornography and a computer virus. With her husband successfully conned into believing their son is a “good kid” Eva strives to maintain an uneasy peace between Kevin and herself...but not even she is prepared for the social and emotional fallout when he decides to take his universal contempt to the next level. Like a contemporary take on The Omen, only without the convenient supernatural explanation, Lynne Ramsay’s gut-wrenching look at the evolution of a sociopath pushes an already tense family drama into the realm of urban horror. With a keen sense of style, Ramsay alternates scenes of harsh reality with almost surreal interludes as she weaves back and forth through time...a raucous tomato festival Eva is covering in Spain morphs into a crimson bacchanal, a street full of little Halloween revelers becomes a pagan nightmare (while a jarringly incongruent recording of Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” plays in the background), and throughout the film blood red metaphors abound as Eva repeatedly tries to wash her hands clean. Horrific storyline aside, there is also a jet black satire at work here as we see a generation of boomers trying to contend with the spoiled brats they’ve engendered; while Eva looks on with helpless bewilderment, Franklin is completely oblivious to the narcissistic monster in the living room. Ramsay even manages to make a wry comment or two on society’s television-obsessed preoccupation with the macabre and mob vigilantism. A brilliant and unsettling piece of cinema which had me shaking my head long after the final credits. And in the role of Eva, the legendary Tilda Swinton is pure gold.

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jazeebelle
Jul 02, 2014

No.... we need to talk about finding a decent movie, because this isn't it. I watched the whole loooooooonnnggggg thing...thinking it would give me some kind of payoff... but my loss is your gain... i pass this knowledge onto you dear friends....SKIP THIS MOVIE

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ashleysears
May 16, 2014

While Kevin is a weirdo, the only person who seems to be not fooled and can see the real him is his mother, to everyone else he knows how to play them - just like any sociopath can do. They are not dumb people, and are usually very bright - too bright, that is can be scary.
Having read the book and knowing how the book is laid out, the movie is really confusingly laid out. There is a lot of flip flopping around, flash backs are not in any order - while in the book they are more so. Yes, some families do raise killers...just watch the news. Aside from what the movie is about - kid killing kids (hello hungry games is kids killing kids too as a game, anyway!) if you haven't read the book this movie is kind of lame, hard to watch, hard to understand, and doesn't have the same effect as the book does. While some lines are directly said just like the book, other parts were added in (like the Christmas party jerk) we already got that this mother is now living in day to day hell - it wasn't needed. Read the book - if you can get through that, then watch the movie.

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Caroline1616
May 11, 2014

Very well done, creative. But frustrating: it seems to me that it is simply the story of a family whose son is a psychopath without understanding it, so without bringing him to the specialists who would have avoided his crime.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 02, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A disturbing look at a devious child who paves a destructive path and only wishes to hurt people, driving his mother around the bend in the process. These acts are all premeditated and intentionally cruel.The list is too long and perverse. It's very haunting. Not recommended for children or even teens. For adults with strong morals who can handle depravity.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 02, 2017

Sexual Content: There are three or four moments of sexual content displayed, but under covers or behind doors or in ways that the actual act and any nudity is obscured. There are also a few instances of inappropriate sexually suggestive language.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 02, 2017

Violence: This film contains mild violence, but implications of more major violence.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 02, 2017

Coarse Language: There are some F-bombs, other minor cusses, and some sexually suggestive language, but the language is not what makes this film disturbing, not even close.

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Monolith
Aug 26, 2012

Eva (to toddler Kevin): "Mommy was happy before widdle Kevin came along, did you know dat? Now Mommy wakes up every morning, and wishes SHE WAS IN FRANCE!"

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Monolith
Aug 26, 2012

(Eva wakes to a video of Kevin on TV) Kevin: "It's like this: You wake up, and watch TV... Get in your car, and listen to the radio... You go to your little job, or your little school, but you're not gonna hear about that on the six o'clock news... Why? 'Cause nothing is really happening. And you go home and watch some more TV, or maybe, it's a fun night, you go out, and watch a movie. I mean it's got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they're watching TV. And what are all these people watching? (sneering) ...People like me... And what are all you doing right now... but watching me? You don't think they would have changed the channel by now if all I did was get an 'A' in geometry?" (he snickers)

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Monolith
Aug 26, 2012

(Kevin overhears his parents talking about separating, and custody of the children) Franklin: "Hey, Kev. Listen buddy, it's easy to misunderstand something when you hear it out of context." Kevin: "Why would I not understand the context? I AM the context."

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Monolith
Aug 26, 2012

Eva: "You don't look happy." Kevin: "Have I ever?"

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gemini07
Oct 19, 2013

gemini07 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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