A family comprised of husband and wife George and Ann Farber (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts), their son Georgie, and their dog have settled into their lakeside vacation home in Long Island and are ready for some rest and relaxation. They are the epitome of the American dream.
When a couple of young men (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet), who they had seen earlier talking with their neighbor, stop by to borrow some eggs they think nothing of it and being good neighbors are happy to help. But when the boys return shortly after their departure with now broken eggs in tow, the family’s life soon mirrors these fragile objects.
The boys clad in white clothes and gloves and who appear to have an affinity for golf, take up the husband’s golf clubs in a look of admiration then turn on the family hitting the father and injuring his leg. From that point forward the family is taken hostage in their home, and are terrorized with every breath that they take by the clean cut serial killers.
This is a movie of realistic violence that is incredibly disturbing. It’s important to note that unless you’re Dexter, this flick has moments that will make you squirm, have you holding your breath, and being on the edge of your seat. It preys on our love of family, need for safety, and the idea that evil can be wrapped in the sweetest of packages.
2007’s Funny Games is a shot-for-shot remake of writer/director Michael Haneke’s film of the same name from a decade earlier. In fact, the movie used the same house and props as the original filmed in Austria, with the addition of American actors, with English language. and exterior shots done in Long Island. Although I haven’t seen the original, I’d imagine it to just as hauntingly terrifying.
When you watch Funny Games I’d suggest viewing it in the dark but still earlier in the evening. That way you can follow it up with a comedy or something lighter in nature as it is a disturbing film that you can’t soon shake off.