Picks and Pans Review: Funny Games

updated 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt | R |

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An affluent couple (Roth and Watts) and their son plan a relaxing stay at their House Beautiful-ready country home. But they've barely unpacked before two young men (Pitt and Brady Corbet) take the family prisoner and start waving guns.

With Funny Games, Austrian director-writer Michael Haneke (Caché) has remade in English his 1997 German-language film of the same name. A meta-thriller, Games toys with our appetite for and assumptions about violence in movies, a game that seemed far fresher a decade ago than now. Nagging question: Why would anyone ever let über-creepy Pitt (who played a psycho in 2002's Murder by Numbers) inside their house?

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