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Demolition Review - AVClub

AVClub: Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition attempts to update American Beauty’s precarious mix of satire and wish fulfillment for the post-Recession era, complete with quirky voice-over, fantasy sequences, a soundtrack of generational-nostalgia signifiers and classic rock, and a WASP protagonist who shows his disaffection with privilege by applying for a working-class job and befriending gay men and surly teenagers, here merged into a single character. It even has Chris Cooper as an overbearing dad with a secret. But despite a few electric moments, the movie never makes anything of its stylized displays of frustration, ending in a whiff of narrative and emotional cop-outs. Say what you will about American Beauty, but at least it had a climax.

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