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Digging for Fire (2015)

R | | Drama | 21 August 2015 (USA)
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The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

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Tim
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Lee
Jude Swanberg ...
Jude
Alicia Van Couvering ...
Cashier
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Yoga Couple
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Yoga Couple
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BB Gun Friend
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Phil
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Paul
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Adam
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Ray
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Alicia
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Max
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Married couple Lee and Tim, a part-time yoga instructor and a public school phys ed teacher respectively, jump at the opportunity to sit at the secluded Los Angeles hills house of an actress acquaintance for two weeks as a mini-vacation for themselves and their three year old son, Jude. The house sit starts with an unusual event: Tim finds on the property in the wooded hills just beyond the swimming pool a gun and a bone. He believes the bone could be a human one and that there could be a murdered dead body buried in the hills in the vicinity of where he found these items. Tim telephones the police, who tell him they can do nothing unless an actual body is found. As such, Lee convinces Tim to drop the subject. On their first weekend at the house, Lee decides to leave Tim on his own for the weekend to complete their income tax return, which he has long put off, while she and Jude go to visit among others her mother and stepfather, and her sister Squiggy and her family, neither who she ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language including some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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21 August 2015 (USA)  »

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En busca de nosotros  »

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$25,000 (USA) (21 August 2015)

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$119,364 (USA) (25 September 2015)
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Named after a Pixies song. See more »

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About 12:44 into the movie, Lee drives off in a gray Toyota Corolla. The model year is in the 2009-2013 range. But at 13:09 when she is pulling into a driveway, she is now driving a 2014-2016 gray Toyota Corolla. See more »

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References Quest for Fire (1981) See more »

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I Got'cha
Written by A.J. Greene
Performed by Greenflow
Courtesy of the Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Some interesting ideas, but I didn't think it really worked
5 January 2016 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I don't really like Joe Swanberg and his improvisational style, but I keep watching his movies because of the casts he assembles (plus they're usually super short and hardly painful or anything). There are a ton of good people in Digging for Fire (also Orlando Bloom), perhaps too many. Several have little to do. The plot here is borderline nonsensical, and, like the other Swanberg films I've seen, it doesn't amount to much in the end. Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt star as a married couple with a 3-year old. They have been asked to housesit for one of DeWitt's rich clients (I think she's a yoga instructor). While exploring, Johnson finds a gun and a bone half buried in the backyard. DeWitt immediately forbids Johnson from informing the police (as any normal human being would), and a second argument about their son's preschool sends her to the home of her parents (Judith Light and Sam Elliot). Meanwhile, Johnson throws a party (where Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina and Brie Larson show up). He and Larson are intrigued by the mystery and start digging further. Later on, DeWitt will run into Orlando Bloom and both members of the couple are sexually tempted. The whole body in the backyard thing is just symbolism, but the police really ought to have been called.


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