Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Director: Brad Silberling Cast: Jim Carrey

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The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family (and how often do you get to see one of those?). The Baudelaire siblings -- gadget freak Violet (Emily Browning), bookworm Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman) -- were living a fairy-tale existence with their parents until they died in a fire that destroyed the family home. With few close relatives and a large fortune the children won't inherit until they reach adulthood, the Baudelaire children are left in the care of the peculiar Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), an out-of-work actor who would love nothing more than to get his hands on the kids' money. It doesn't take long for the children to figure out that Count Olaf is up to no good, and they try to steer clear of his various murderous schemes with the help of wildly paranoid Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep) and snake-fancying Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly). Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events also features Catherine O'Hara, Timothy Spall, Cedric the Entertainer, and Luis Guzman; Jude Law narrates in the guise of author Snicket.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2017
UPC: 0032429257437
Original Release: 2004
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 7,460

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director Brad Silberling commentary; Brad Silberling and the real Lemony Snicket commentary; Bad Beginnings: ; Building a bad actor; Making the Baudelaire children miserable; Interactive Olaf; Orphaned Scenes: ; Dismal deletions; Obnoxious outtakes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Count Olaf
Timothy Spall Mr. Poe
Catherine O'Hara Justice Strauss
Billy Connolly Uncle Monty
Meryl Streep Aunt Josephine
Luis Guzman Bald Man
Jamie Harris Hook-Handed Man
Craig Ferguson Person of Indeterminate Gender
Jennifer Coolidge White Faced Woman No. 1
Jane Adams White Faced Woman No. 2
Cedric the Entertainer Constable

Technical Credits
Brad Silberling Director
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Aversano Co-producer
Minor Childers Co-producer
Bill Corso Makeup
Pud Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Fanning Art Director
Elizabeth Greenberg Casting
William Hawkins Art Director
Albie Hecht Executive Producer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Linda Hill Associate Producer
Michael Kahn Editor
Avy Kaufman Casting
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Michele Panelli-Venetis Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Walter Parkes Producer
Julia Pistor Executive Producer
Robert Gordon Screenwriter
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Jim Van Wyck Producer
Martin Whist Art Director
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
1. The Bad Beginning
2. Your New Guardian
3. Chores
4. Custody Granted
5. The Reptile Room
6. Stephano Arrives
7. The Incredibly Deadly Viper
8. Aunt Josephine
9. Captain Sham
10. Hurricane Herman
11. Lachrymose Leeches
12. The Marvelous Marriage
13. Let The Wedding Begin
14. No One Listens To Children
15. The Letter That Never Came
16. End Titles

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love A Series of Unfortunate Events and right after I finished reading The Bad Beginning, a commercial for the movie was on TV. I was so excited to know that Jim Carrey was playing Count Olaf. The movie was good, but they left out many things. They also added more toil for the Baudelaire orphans in that train scene. It was a pretty good scene though. I thought the movie was so good, I saw it four times! Can't wait for the sequel, a word which here means, 'the next chapter in A Series of Unfortunate Events.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never heard of the book series until I saw the trailer for the film. The trailer looked cool and reminded me of something from a Tim Burton movie (I think maybe because in the trailer they used a song from Edward Scissorhands?). Anyway, I read the first three books that the film was based on and loved it. This is the story of the Baudelaire siblings as they go from house to house after a house fire and are being followed by their dreadful Count Olaf. Sunny was adorable, Klaus was sweet and Violet was pretty. I would totally love for a sequel. The film did seem a little rushed though short. It seemed that maybe they tried to put as much as they could in the film but maybe they should of I don't know took their time in making it or done something differently? Overall I though the film was good and loved the costumes and setting. Read the books first then see the film. Its a good film for the kids.
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CheesyPrincess More than 1 year ago
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a movie based on the first three books in the book series that goes by the same name, the series written by Lemony Snicket. The movie starts off with the wealthy Baudelaire children who are playing on the beach one day, when their banker, Mr. Poe comes to deliver them some dreadful news. Mr. Poe tells the three Baudelaires that their parents passed away in a fire that burned down the beautiful Baudelaire mansion. The Baudelaire children, now also the Baudelaire orphans, are heartbroken when hearing the news. However, Mr. Poe wastes no time in finding a new guardian for the orphans. The orphans are sent to live with their distant uncle Count Olaf. But Count Olaf makes the orphans work hard all day and humialates them in front of his mean-spirited theater troupe. By now, the orphans realize they might hav e to use their unique talents to get themselves out of trouble. Violet, who was 14, had the gift of inventing; Klaus, 12, had read tons of books in his lifetime and knew much information from the books; Sunny, the infant, could chew and bite harder than anyone else the orphans had ever known. When Count Olaf tries to kill them later on, they combine their talents to save their own lives. Mr. Poe sees Count Olaf as an unfit guardian for the Baudelaires, so Mr. Poe places them in the care of their Uncle Monty. Monty is kind and caring toward the children and makes them feel at home. But out of nowhere, Olaf shows up disguised as Monty's new assistant. When he gets the chance, however, Olaf tries to whisk away the orphans but is caught by Mr. Poe. Something similar happens with their next guardian, Aunt Josephine. Soon, the orphans find themselves tugged into one unfortanate event after another. In general, i think this was an excellent movie that deserves a total of four stars. Everyone did astounding acting in the movie. When you are watching the movie, you won't be able to think of anything but the movie; the movie and story was so captivating. I would recommend this movie to anyone who read the series or part of it, or to someone who is looking for a movie that has a different, unique story from other movies; this movie is for you. I know you will enjoy this movioe as much as I did!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Though this movie was the thing that got me hooked to the Series, I think that it was rushed, because they tried to jam three books into one movie. I think the happy ending didn't serve Lemony Snicket as well as the books. It was still good, so don't get me wrong!!! I love the soundtrack, because it is just my type, weird and weary. Oh, and I roller skate to "Loverly Spring," so apparently I adore it!!! And, yes, it is the full song (the whole minute and fifty seconds of it). The only reason for my four stars is because of the rushing. It felt like that term paper that you had to finish in two paragraphs (a.k.a. it didn't work too well). But still, it's Lemony!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read all the books and i watched the movie it is sooooooo good and i cant wait for the 12 book im going to get the dvd the first day
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a good movie with some sad parts and Jim Carey, look here. Here is the description: Three unfortunate orphans are so sad when their parents perish in a fire. They are sent to live with Count Olaf (Carey) and he is so disgusting and treats the Baudelaires terribly. They are sent to live with two more guardians after that. I liked this movie because it has so much action, and it has such good actors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like the part when sunny bit the snake in the reptile room
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt the movie was just plain DARK! No 'feel-good' about it at all. The best part, as I see it, was the design and artwork that accompanied the credits at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is sooooooooo awesome I've read all of the books can't wait for the twelfth looks soooooooo awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I saw the movie I never read any of the books so when i saw it I had no clue of how it compared to the books. After I saw it I read every sinlel book and realized that yes it was all mixed up and had a feww things left out and added in, but it was still one of my favorite movies of the year and I think it deserved many more oscars than the one it was awarded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite movies! My friends and I quote from it all the time! I could watch this over and over again, and not get sick of it (and do some of the script). I completely recommend this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Reader, This movie is AWESOME! I just love this movie is so FUNNY I thought it was gonna be lame but I was WRONG.Sure Its a very sad at the beginning.PLEASE MAIL ME A BOUT THE MOVIA AND IF YOU NOW INFORMATION A BOUT Jacqueline Kennedy!!!Bye....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply the best movie I have ever seen. I still quote it daily with my siblings. Count Olaf is the most loveable "bad guy" I've ever seen in my life. He is more quoteable than Napoleon Dynamite. You could imagine my supreeze.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so I've read every one of the books before I went to see the movie. I was really hyped to go see the movie and I even skipped school to see the first showing of it the day it came out. When the movie started I could already tell that the movie was moving way to quickly. They started out with the first half of the first book and then did a very vague version of the second book. After that they did the third book with almost no details from the book and adding things that shouldn't have been in the movie. And last, they took the second half of the first book and completely ruined it. They added things into the movie that didn't come into the books until much later books. It ended on much happier note than it should have. All in all it is a very good movie by itself but if you have ever read the books you will be so disapointed you will cry for days on how horrible it was. It was the worst adaptation of anything I had ever seen. P.S. (if I was able to i would have given this movie no stars)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never read any of the books and decided to watch this movie just because Carrey's in it. And even though he is at the top of his form, what really sucked me into the movie were the great performances of the brother and sister. The story is told very well and the CG effects are top notch as well, lending the movie just the right atmosphere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books in the Series of Unfortuante Events and fell in love with the movie! The best in it by far all Jim Carrey (Count Olaf) and Emily Browning (Violet) A great movie but mabye a little scary for kids under the age of 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a guaranteed great family film that is sure to hold anyone’s attention. The fast paced movie has you wondering what will happen next to the charming young orphans as they move from relative to relative after the malicious Count Olaf in disguise annihilates each person they stay with. The actors in the movie could not have been better cast. Jim Carrey was very comical, as always, portraying the malicious Count Olaf. Some of the lines he said, for example, “Now that we’re a family, I can be the ultimate DAD!” are priceless to hear. You just wish you had the remote to rewind back and play his lines again. The children portraying the Baudelaire orphans were great too. Emily Browning, as Violet Baudelaire, carries herself well as the responsible and mature oldest sibling who has to take care of her younger brother and sister. Liam Aiken, as Klaus Baudelaire, makes the best facial expressions that are great to watch as he reacts to Count Olaf’s unusual demeanor. And last but not least, the twins Shelby and Kara Hoffman, as Sunny Baudelaire, are said to be the next Olsen twins. They are the cutest little girls and they make their character come to life as they communicate in baby talk as the subtitles are shown on screen. Although the movie was composed of three of the eleven Lemony Snicket books, the movie captures the books with great acting, scenery, and sets. I definitely recommend this movie because it will be fun for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very, very, very impressed by this movie. I have read all eleven books and was very much anticipating the movie. I was not disapointed! Many think it was a horrible movie because it did not follow the books to the very last detail, but that is truly riddiculus. If you are a true fan of the books then you will love the story any way that it is told, no matter how much they took out or how much they added in. Many other movies are completely changed but many are not concerned with it. The acting was also Astonishing! Outstanding! Miraculous! Jim Carrey was excellent as the frightning Count Olaf and the four (Emily Browing-Violet , Liam Aiken-Klaus , Kara and Shelby Hoffman-Sunny)who played the Baudelaire children could not have been chosen better. See or buy this movie no matter what people say. But I say it was the best movie of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Western-Addict More than 1 year ago
Really weird movie, story, characters. My kids and I like it, even though it is strange, odd, disturbing. The wife thought it interesting enough to watch all the way through, although things of this unpleasant nature are not her cup of tea, and she is not a huge Jim Carrey fan. The kids and I are great Jim Carrey fans, and thus loved his dreadful performance in this film.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, I wasn't sure quite what I thought of it. I knew I didn't dislike it, but it was such a singular sort of experience that I wasn't sure whether I liked it, either. Several months later, I had the opportunity to watch it again, and I was surprised by how much I remembered of the film...and by how much I anticipated seeing it again. The more I watched it, the more I enjoyed it, and before long it had become one of my favorite movies. Beyond the film's quirky, dark humor, it's poignant and touching, lushly visual and very well acted: definitely a film worth seeing again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a highly entertaining movie full of dark and dry humor that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is hard to guess what time period this movie takes place in, for costumes are very reminicent of the gothic era as are the buildings. But to counter this, references are made to modern technology such as fax machines and phones. However it can be easily deciphered at the end of the movie that the location that the Baudelaires live in is Massachusetts. This is, as the title of my review suggests, one of my very favorite movies.