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In the Company of Men (1997)

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy, more...
Director: Neil LaBute, Neil LaBute
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Independent
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Two frustrated young executives vent their pent-up rage via a childish prank and end up paying a price in this psychological black comedy, the feature-film debut of writer-director Neil LaBute. Former college buddies Chad (Aaron Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy) are in their early 30s and work in the same company. One day the two encounter each other in the men's executive washroom and begin expressing their mutual frustration regarding their lack of rapid advancement at work and their most recent bad luck with women. In hopes of gaining revenge against the fairer sex and bolstering their battered egos, the two hatch a nasty scheme to be enacted over an upcoming six-week-long business trip: Find a vulnerable young woman to court, slather with affection, and then callously dump. They choose a lovely, hearing-impaired typist named Christine (Stacey Edwards), a woman who hasn't dated in many years. Not realizing that she is about to be the metaphorical mouse between a pair of hungry cats, she laps up the sudden attention, but in no time it becomes apparent that Chad is the man she prefers. When Howard discovers this, it creates escalating tension between the two men who begin playing more psychological games, not only with hapless Christine, but also with each other. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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A play or a movie? by abeles April 17, 2002 - 11:17 AM PDT
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4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I don't know anything about director Neil La Bute, but I would guess his background is in live theater.

The film felt like a play to me. Hard to explain, but it didn't feel like it should have been filmed - or at least shouldn't have been viewed as a film.

It seemed to me like like the actors acted like they were on stage.

it hurts so bad it's good by winky March 15, 2002 - 12:13 PM PST
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5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
this film is hard to watch, but somehow the sense of impending doom just crawls under your skin and sucks you into the guessing game of just how humiliated and hurt one of the characters will be. from the very beginning, cracks in the shallow characters begin to show and you're left wondering who will collapse first and whether men are truly so adolescent and evil. it also demonstrates just how compelling a good story line can be, as you quickly overlook the low budget edginess and focus on the quality acting.

In the Company of Men by johelinedvd March 4, 2002 - 11:36 AM PST
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9 out of 10 members found this review helpful
A truly disturbing look into how sleazy and despicable men can be. More distressing is the fact that you can easily name co-workers, schoolmates, family, and even friends that are exactly like the characters in this film. And the most is the fact of how much you end up laughing throughout. A black comedy centering around a couple of joes trying to make up for all the ?wrongs? women have ever done to them by wooing and dumping an unexpecting soul. What comes through is not merely a hatred of woman, but the blackness of their hearts. Shot with incredibly limited funds (which necessitated use of volunteers, cast and crew sleeping at the directors house, an 11-14 day-ish shoot, etc.), by the end of shooting, they only had enough film stock for 1 take; it did deter from the film, but the actors nailed their part dead-on.




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