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A perfect example of a movie that works better as an idea than an actual film. Co-writer/Director Alexander Payne (Election, The Descendents, Nebraska, About Schmidt) always seems to center his films around a loveable loser, and in this case, it’s Paul Safranek (Matt Damon), an occupational therapist from Omaha, Nebraska (my hometown, and Payne’s) whose job, wife (Kristin Wiig) and future are all lacking. Safranek and his wife are drawn to the idea of “downsizing” the new practice of shrinking yourself to reduce your carbon footprint and help save the world. It’s an irreversible process, and when he wakes up five inches tall, Paul learns that made the one-way trip alone.

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