Straw Dogs

Rated R 110 minutes 2011

Sam Peckinpah did this story back in the ’70s, and it’s a story that really only needed to be told once. James Marsden replaces Dustin Hoffman in the story of a married couple who hire the wrong guys to fix their roof. The original was set in a rough part of England, while this one is set in the Deep South and features stupid rednecks (led by True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård). Kate Bosworth takes over the wife role, and director Rod Lurie makes a lot of wrong choices with her character. In short, the story just doesn’t translate well to the modern era. Heck, it didn’t translate all that well in the ’70s. Hoffman made that movie worth seeing, and Marsden is no Hoffman. James Woods also appears, and he provides the film with a few good moments—but not enough that you need to see it.

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Director: Rod Lurie

Producer: Marc Frydman, Beau Marks and Gilbert Dumontet

Cast: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Anson Mount, Drew Powell, Kristen Shaw and Megan Adelle


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