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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jimg2000
May 24, 2018

Watched this years ago and noticed that my comment disappeared. No matter, still recall vividly the performance of Tilda Swinton who played the anguished mother, Eva, of her first-born malevolent son. A thought provoking nature vs. nurture topic in today's horrific school violence concerns.

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kuv
Mar 09, 2018

I know that this film is going to stay with me. The intensity of the troubling storyline is matched only with the performance of Tilda Swinton as the mother. Without giving away any of the details, the filmmaking of the flashbacks and snippets of scenes from past to present play a crucial role in the telling of this story. I also found the theme of splattered red from the throwing of the tomatoes scene to other paint scenes reflective of the blood spilled and chaos that this movie ensues. As the mother tries to scrape away the dried red paint on her car/home, so is she trying to remove all the bad memories caused by her son, Kevin. Raw.

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starel
Feb 01, 2018

tried to get through the first 40 minutes - no go! Not enough to keep me investing my time, especially since the topic was not sympathetic to me. I would say "Don't waste a reserve on this" but they are no longer limited!

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oktexchic
Jan 13, 2018

I don't understand the good reviews. I found it a waste your time

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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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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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