Alexander Payne (2017)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Although film-maker Alexander Payne approaches human relationships and real world issues - here, the predicament of the "just about managing" generation - with the same wit and warmth as past successes like Sideways and Nebraska, the writer/director's most ambitious film to date is also his most meandering and least satisfying. Featuring Matt Damon in a sad-sack role once earmarked for Sideways star Paul Giamatti, Downsizing is an inspired but melancholy comedy in which the world's overpopulation crisis has been solved by scientists, who have found a way to shrink human beings to a fraction of their normal size. It's something that appeals to Damon's Paul Safranek, a blue-collar worker who thinks that "going small" will finally give him and his wife (Kristin Wiig) the lifestyle they want but can't afford. Instead, guided by a cast of colourful characters that include a Serbian pirate (Christoph Waltz) and a one-legged Vietnamese dissident (Hong Chau), Paul navigates a picaresque new world that turns out to be just as fraught with disillusionment as the one he thought he'd left behind.


Premiere. In a future plagued with overpopulation, a man realises he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall. Alexander Payne's sci-fi comedy, starring Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz.

Cast & Crew

Paul Safranek Matt Damon
Audrey Safranek Kristen Wiig
Dusan Mirkovic Christoph Waltz
Ngoc Lan Tran Hong Chau
Dr Jorgen Asbjornsen Rolf Lassgard
Konrad Udo Kier
Dave Johnson Jason Sudeikis
Jeff Lonowski Neil Patrick Harris
Anesthesiologist James Van Der Beek
Laura Lonowski Laura Dern
Woman on shuttle Margo Martindale
Land's End customer Mary Kay Place
Director Alexander Payne
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Jan 2018
Comedy Drama