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A laugh-out-loud caricature of the passive-aggressive tendencies of society and deceiving appearances, the award winning film is a screenplay adaptation of Yasmin Reza's original stage play The God of Carnage. The action revolves around a clash between two couples discussing a tussle between their children
The play has an impeccable sense of how to manipulate dialogue to say several things at once - partly truth, partly lies and all over comedy. Reza herself as said of comedy in her writing that
Laughter is always a problem and is very dangerous. The way people laugh changes the way you see a play. A very profound play may seem very light. My plays have always been described as comedy but I think they're tragedy. They are funny tragedy, but they are tragedy. Maybe it's a new genre.
john c. reilly