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      The Butterfly Effect

      2004, Mystery & thriller, 1h 53m

      172 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      The premise is intriguing, but it's placed in the service of an overwrought and tasteless thriller. Read critic reviews

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      College student Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) is afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, Evan is able to travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past for friends, like Kayleigh (Amy Smart), who was molested by her father (Eric Stoltz). But changing the past can drastically alter the present, and Evan finds himself in nightmarish alternate realities, including one where he's locked away in prison.

      • Rating: R (Language|Brief Drug Use|Sexual Content|Violence)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

      • Producer: Chris Bender, A.J. Dix, J.C. Spink, Anthony Rhulen

      • Writer: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $57.7M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: Katalyst Films, Blackout Entertainment, Benderspink, Film Engine

      • Sound Mix: Surround, DTS, Dolby SRD, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Ashton Kutcher
      Amy Smart
      Eric Stoltz
      Elden Henson
      Logan Lerman
      Irina Gorovaia
      Jesse James
      Melora Walters
      John Patrick Amedori
      Kevin G. Schmidt
      A.J. Dix
      William Shively
      Jason Goldberg
      Cale Boyter
      Richard Brener
      Toby Emmerich
      David Krintzman
      Ashton Kutcher
      Matthew F. Leonetti
      Peter Amundson
      Michael Suby
      Douglas Higgins
      Shannon Grover

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      • Oct 21, 2013

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      • Mar 22, 2013

        Donnie Darko for dummies and prudes. I couldn't handle the extreme sexual and sadism content running through it within every character throughout the otherwise unique concept of flashback time-travel to change the outcome of the present (in negative ways that is) and Kutcher cannot act right with a freakout.

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      • Sep 12, 2012

        A college student discovers he can go back in time and alter past events, but every change he makes brings about tragic unintended consequences in the new present. Pretty much "DONNIE DARKO for Dummies."

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      • May 07, 2012

        This only slightly touches on the real intriguing aspects of the butterfly effect. If they were to dive into head first you'd be looking at a really long movie, but it would be a definitive version. This movie confuses itself sometimes and doesn't make sense in other scenes. I liked the movie a little more at movies as it had a different ending than what became the directors cut. The central issue is the target audience, and the cast choices. The filmmakers turned this into a teenage based target film and that is one of the biggest flaws of the film. The intrigue of chaos theory was more interesting than this film and that's the real problem with this film. It's long and badly structured into this simple story about the girl and his friends. 19/03/2020

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