The Details

The Devil is in the details, right? This highly entertaining 2012 Seattle International Film Festival entry from the USA shows us how innocuous little events can accumulate until we see catastrophic results. Director Jacob Aaron Estes ("Mean Creek") shows a deft hand with black humor; he makes us laugh even as we cringe. This review was first released to a small group of people in June, 2012, so a few of you have seen this before.

We start with a successful Seattle pediatrician having his backyard sodded. The workmen leave and our hero and his wife rejoice in their lovely new lawn. When they get up in the morning they discover that a greedy raccoon, in quest of all those newly imported earthworms, has wreaked havoc out there. So begins our story....

The players:
  • Tobey Maguire ("Life of Pi") is the would-be raccoon killer. As he becomes more fixated on this duel to the death, his methods also escalate.
  • Elizabeth Banks ("The Hunger Games") is the baffled wife. She doesn't see the raccoon as such a major problem.
  • Laura Linney ("The Big C") is spectacular as a peculiar neighbor. She has lots of pets, a cluttered home and big hair. Her father died when she was a child and her mother explained, "Not all the doctors made A's in medical school."
  • Dennis Haysbert ("LUV") is a basketball-playing chum of our hero; he is burdened with bad kidneys and bad teeth.
  • Ray Liotta ("Killing Them Softly") is interested in a business partnership with our hero.
  • Kerry Washington ("Ray") is our hero's therapist...and trouble.
Our environmentally sensitive family drives a gas-sipping vehicle and recycles. They want to remodel their house but hit a bureaucratic road- block. That, plus the raccoon, starts our hero on a swift downward spiral.

This delightful dramedy was shot in Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond. You've gotta see it to believe it!
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