Matt Damon lives small in the trailer for sci-fi comedy Downsizing

Danny Woods
September 13, 2017

The first trailer for the Cambridge native's new film Downsizing hit YouTube early Tuesday morning, and while Damon and some of his co-stars are tiny, the laughs are not.

The film also stars Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgård, Jason Sudeikis, Laura Dern and Neil Patrick Harris.

Our own Ryland Aldrich just saw it in Toronto: "Here Damon plays a man who shrinks himself to a few inches tall to join the popular movement of people reducing their size ostensibly to save the planet (but perhaps more accurately to indulge in their over consumptive impulses with less guilt). We've got the best houses, best restaurants". While the synopsis does say that their choice "triggers life-changing adventures", a lot of the trailer seems devoted to a sense of wonder and strangeness.

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In his review for Variety when the movie kicked off the Venice Film Festival to raves, critic Owen Gleiberman called the movie "a ticklish and resonant crowd-pleaser for grown-ups". And that sounds pretty great, especially knowing the kind of sharp comedy writer-director Alexander Payne has brought to films like Election and Sideways.

With the promise of a better life in a miniaturised world, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to leave their lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community.

Downsizing is set to open in theaters this December.

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