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'Funny Games': The joke's on us

Can you turn a torture film into an intellectual thesis film simply by putting quotation marks around it?

Funny Games is an art house Hostel -- it mistakes self-consciousness for intelligence.

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In Michael Haneke's American remake of his own 1997 Austrian film, a pair of young psychopaths, Paul (Michael Pitt) and Peter (Brady Corbett), seize control of a haute-bourgeois couple's waterfront getaway home. (Haneke shot the film in deluxe spots around Long Island, N.Y.)

Funny Games (Warner Independent Pictures) Directed by Michael Haneke. Starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth. Rated R for terror, violence and some language. Time 112 minutes.

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