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The Darwin Awards (2006)

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Original title: Darwin Awards, The

Release Date
 USA: Jan 12, 2007

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, violent images, some sexuality and drug use.

Country USA

Production Companies
3 Ring Circus Films, Blumhouse Productions

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Genre: Comedy

Plot: The Darwin Awards are a real-life phenomenon presented to individuals who improve the human gene pool by removing themselves from it when they accidentally kill themselves in incredibly stupid ways. Writer/director Finn Taylor develops this irony with a deliciously dark comedy that revels in the notion that truth is stranger than fiction...and a hell of a lot funnier.

The stories in The Darwin Awards are integrated into a narrative about two characters grappling with their own destinies. Burrows is a brilliant detective with a special talent for profiling criminals. Siri is a hard-nosed insurance investigator whose steeliness and "throw-caution-to-the-wind" attitude is exactly the opposite of Burrows's thoughtful hesitation. When Siri's employer hires Burrows to create a profile for potential Darwin Award winners--who are costing the insurance company a fortune--the two begin a search for the answer to what makes these people tick.

Taylor returns to Sundance (Dream with the Fishes, Cherish) with an epic comedy that boasts a dream team of acting talent. Joseph Fiennes exudes an intelligence that is the perfect foil to the absurdity happening around Burrows, while Winona Ryder displays a brazen strength and maturity that is a revelation as Siri. Combining these performances with

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 Directed by
Finn Taylor
Cherish, Dream with the Fishes, Pontiac Moon
 Written by
Finn Taylor
Pontiac Moon, Cherish, Dream with the Fishes
Joseph Fiennes
Shakespeare in Love, Enemy at the Gates, Elizabeth
Winona Ryder
Edward Scissorhands, Alien: Resurrection, Beetle Juice
David Arquette
Scream, Scream 3, Scream 2
Chris Penn
Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Starsky & Hutch
Max Perlich
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Blow, Cliffhanger
Tim Blake Nelson
Minority Report, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Thin Red Line
Julianna Margulies
Snakes on a Plane, Ghost Ship, Dinosaur
 Music By
David Kitay
Scary Movie, Ghost World, Clueless

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