Funny Games

An affluent German family is settling into their lakeside vacation home when a young man named Peter (Frank Giering) comes to the door asking to borrow eggs. Anna (Susanne Lothar) is alone in the house while her husband (Ulrich Muhe) and son (Stefan Clapczynski) are off swimming. A friend (Arno Frisch) soon joins Peter, and when Anna's men return, the pair takes the family hostage and begins to play sadistic games in this disturbing thriller.
Netflix Rating: 3.3
NYT Review
Two college students torture vacationing Austrian family. Sophisticated cinema sadism. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 61%
Critics' score: 61   Audience score: 84   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The emotions of the victims are clear and complex -- their conflicts dominate our experience of the narrative as powerfully as all the devices telling us to look elsewhere for the movie's themes. full review

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader

This beautifully acted and paced German variant of Cape Fear ... is tricked out with a number of Brechtian devices to catch audiences in a voyeuristic trance. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

The basic puzzle is why this sophisticated director chose this tired formula.

Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic
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  • Release Year: 1997
  • MPAA Rating: UR
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Available From: May 12, 2010
  • Queued by: 504 people
Directed By
Michael Haneke
Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering, Doris Kunstmann, Wolfgang Gluck

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