Let’s get small

“Downsizing” (⋆⋆⋆½, rated R) is a surreal comedy that never goes for easy laughs. Alexander Payne’s story paints a near future when researchers have discovered how to reduce a human adult to just 5 inches tall. It’s a win-win: Smaller humans consume far less and can live like royalty in dollhouse-sized mansions. Married couple Paul and Audrey (Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig) are intrigued by the pitch. But Paul learns that social and personal problems don’t vanish from his Lilliputian life.

COLIN COVERT

Also out Tuesday

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

“Pitch Perfect 3”

“Small Town Crime”

“The Vanishing of Sidney Hall”