Downhill

Downhill

Downhill

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus lead this holiday from hell black comedy, following events on the ski slopes after a man's moment of cowardice in the face of an avalanche. Based on the 2014 Swedish comedy Force Majeure, with a screenplay by Succession's Jesse Armstrong, co-written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the Oscar-winning co-writers of The Descendants

"Billie (Louis-Dreyfus), Pete (Ferrell), and their sons are on a balcony during an idyllic family ski vacation in the Alps when an avalanche suddenly strikes. While they all emerge physically unharmed, Pete’s actions during the avalanche reveal a side of him that leaves his family in a state of shock. The aftermath of this moment permeates the remainder of the trip, and the harder Pete tries to avoid the truth and gloss things over, the more Billie and her sons are forced to re-evaluate their lives and, more specifically, how they feel about Pete — as a husband, father, and man." (Sundance Film Festival)

2020Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references86 minsUSA
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Flicks

Flicks, Amelia Berry

flicks

It would be great to be able to talk about Downhill without dwelling so much on its source material but remaking Force Majeure with less tension is like remaking The Birds with less birds—people are going to be wondering why.

2.0

A basic story that tells the wrong message

Yet another film that Hollywood has decided to remake for the American people, Downhill is based on the 2014 Swedish film, Force Majeure, and even finds itself filming on location in the same country of Austria. With a premise that is more inspired by Family Guy or The Simpsons, a father’s actions in the face of danger leaves him uncertain of his position...

3.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A grating, gentrified mess that reflects Ugly Americanisms, both as a production and as cinematic narrative.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

That the stars of Downhill are Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (otherwise known as Elaine from Seinfeld) tells you that Faxon and Rash aren’t aiming to replicate their source. Their film is nearly half an hour shorter, and lighter in every sense—but despite some promising elements, it never finds a viable identity of its own.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Listen, if you walk into Downhill expecting a comedy, you'll be disappointed. And if you're hoping for a worthy remake of a great original, you'll be appalled. Seldom has a movie been more presciently named.

1.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This dreary and disconcertingly unfunny Hollywood knockoff of Sweden's brilliant Force Majeure wastes the talents of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and leaves you feeling nothing.

2.0
The Times

The Times

press

What's that hurtling down the piste? Another rubbish US remake of a European art-house hit? Actually, no. This version of Force Majeure... isn't quite as wonderfully unsettling, but it's not far off.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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"Downhill" is a vacation-gone-wrong comedy that lives up to its ill-advised title.

Time Out

Time Out

press

One excruciating 11-minute confrontation aside, the conflicts in 'Downhill' lack the necessary messiness.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The superficial characterisation of a miscast Will Ferrell doesn't help, but the more crippling issue is the filmmakers' fumbling grasp of tone in material that just seems a poor fit.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

While Louis-Dreyfus fares well with the smaller moments, Ferrell doesn't quite convince with a performance that's forever threatening to break out into his more familiar showboat shtick.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

The new movie is a teasing trifle with something real on its mind. But in its winking 86-minute way, it stays true to what gave "Force Majeure" its force.

Flicks

Flicks, Amelia Berry

flicks

It would be great to be able to talk about Downhill without dwelling so much on its source material but remaking Force Majeure with less tension is like remaking The Birds with less birds—people are going to be wondering why.

2.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A grating, gentrified mess that reflects Ugly Americanisms, both as a production and as cinematic narrative.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

That the stars of Downhill are Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (otherwise known as Elaine from Seinfeld) tells you that Faxon and Rash aren’t aiming to replicate their source. Their film is nearly half an hour shorter, and lighter in every sense—but despite some promising elements, it never finds a viable identity of its own.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Listen, if you walk into Downhill expecting a comedy, you'll be disappointed. And if you're hoping for a worthy remake of a great original, you'll be appalled. Seldom has a movie been more presciently named.

1.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This dreary and disconcertingly unfunny Hollywood knockoff of Sweden's brilliant Force Majeure wastes the talents of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and leaves you feeling nothing.

2.0
The Times

The Times

press

What's that hurtling down the piste? Another rubbish US remake of a European art-house hit? Actually, no. This version of Force Majeure... isn't quite as wonderfully unsettling, but it's not far off.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"Downhill" is a vacation-gone-wrong comedy that lives up to its ill-advised title.

Time Out

Time Out

press

One excruciating 11-minute confrontation aside, the conflicts in 'Downhill' lack the necessary messiness.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The superficial characterisation of a miscast Will Ferrell doesn't help, but the more crippling issue is the filmmakers' fumbling grasp of tone in material that just seems a poor fit.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

While Louis-Dreyfus fares well with the smaller moments, Ferrell doesn't quite convince with a performance that's forever threatening to break out into his more familiar showboat shtick.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

The new movie is a teasing trifle with something real on its mind. But in its winking 86-minute way, it stays true to what gave "Force Majeure" its force.

A basic story that tells the wrong message

Yet another film that Hollywood has decided to remake for the American people, Downhill is based on the 2014 Swedish film, Force Majeure, and even finds itself filming on location in the same country of Austria. With a premise that is more inspired by Family Guy or The Simpsons, a father’s actions in the face of danger leaves him uncertain of his position...

3.0