The Darwin Awards

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  • R
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 5.9  (10,317)

The Darwin Awards is a comedy film from 2006, directed by Finn Taylor and starring Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder, and David Arquette. The film is based on the real-life Darwin Awards, which are given out every year to people who have "improved the human gene pool by removing themselves from it in a spectacularly stupid way." The main character of the film is Michael Burrows, played by Joseph Fiennes, who is an insurance investigator specializing in bizarre and unusual accidents. Michael is a bit of a loner who is obsessed with the Darwin Awards and spends his free time compiling videos of various nominees for the awards. He is assigned a new partner, Siri Taylor, played by Winona Ryder, who is a scientist working on a project that is meant to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.

Together, Michael and Siri are sent on a mission to investigate a series of odd and seemingly random accidents that have been happening throughout the city. As they follow the trail of destruction, they encounter a variety of characters and situations that are eligible for a Darwin Award.

One of the most memorable of these characters is Harvey, played by David Arquette, a daredevil who is constantly putting himself in harm's way for the thrill of it. He is obsessed with breaking world records and is convinced that he can jump a motorcycle over a body of water that is clearly too wide for him to make it across. Harvey becomes a central figure in the film, as Michael and Siri attempt to prevent him from earning a Darwin Award.

The film is filled with quirky humor and interesting characters, each with their own unique story and motivation. The Darwin Awards is a lighthearted and enjoyable film that explores the human desire for adventure and the consequences that can come from taking unnecessary risks.

Throughout the film, Michael and Siri struggle to understand why people are willingly putting themselves in dangerous situations. They encounter a wide range of characters who have suffered injuries or even died as a result of their own foolishness, yet they continue to push the envelope and put themselves in harm's way.

The Darwin Awards is a cautionary tale about the dangers of living life on the edge, and the importance of taking responsibility for our own safety. It is a fun and engaging film that will leave you laughing out loud, while also providing some important lessons about personal responsibility and the consequences of our actions.

Overall, The Darwin Awards is a well-made film that is definitely worth watching. It has a great cast of actors, an interesting and thought-provoking storyline, and a unique sense of humor that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Whether you are a fan of comedy, action, or drama, this film has something for everyone. So, if you are looking for a fun and entertaining movie to watch, be sure to add The Darwin Awards to your list.

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    1 hr 34 min
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    5.9  (10,317)