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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 October 2011 (UK)
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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Duer ...
Kevin, Toddler (as Rocky Duer)
Kenneth Franklin ...
Leslie Lyles ...
Smash Lady
Paul Diomede ...
Corrections Officer Al
Michael Campbell ...
Corrections Officer
J. Mallory McCree ...
Prison Boy (as J. Mal McCree)
Mark Elliot Wilson ...
Eva's Lawyer
Dr. Foulkes


Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tenemos que hablar de Kevin  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,587 (USA) (9 December 2011)


$1,738,692 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The initial scenes from La Tomatina, the tomato festival in Buñol near Valencia in Spain, is referenced later by a poster advertising for Buñol in the travel agency on the wall behind Eva. See more »


At the Christmas party in Eva's workplace a cigarette is put out by sticking it into a Christmas cake. At first we see it being put right next to an elf figure but then after the camera zooms out we see it on the other side of the cake. See more »


Eva: You just can't get uncomfortable enough can you?
Kevin: Uncomfortable? With my own mother?
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Referenced in Psychopath Night (2013) See more »


Christmas Wish
Composed by Paul Fletcher, Patrick Sturrock, Marc Williams
Published by KPM Music Ltd
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User Reviews

Great film - a must see
19 December 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Loved this gripping film. Unfortunately for me, I could really relate to it. Like Eva, I am also a mother of a troubled son, who for some reason I think was just born 'difficult' and 'self-destructive'. Its very hard to parent such a child so I could very much empathize with Eva's situation. Unfortunately society does not help in assisting parents with difficult children and most of the time they accuse you of overreacting. Let this film be a lesson to all allied health care workers, in that a parent does not just imagine things! I would give the film 9 out of 10. I really found Franklin to be irritating - some men tend to live in denial. Eva in a way was a martyr in that she should have been more firmer on Kevin, she was far too ambivalent in her parenting style and Kevin knew from an early age that he could get away with things.

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