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In the Company of Men
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by Johny

"You'd hope you don't know these men"
5 stars

A Bold and Striking First Time Out for Director Neil LaBute

IN THE COMPANY OF MEN is probably one of the last types of films you'd ever expect to see at your local cinema. Had it been any lesser of a film I doubt this inexpensive, independent production would have ever seen theatrical distribution. It just goes to show how good this film is.

Aaron Eckhart plays Chad, (in a role he should have been nominated for an Oscar for) a man who comes up with a scheme to get his final revenge on women with friend Howard (Matt Malloy). He sees the idea of taking a women who never gets any attention and giving her everything...for a period of time. He and Howard will wine and dine her, and just when she's feeling good about herself again, dump her. This sick person even has the intention of "leaving her reaching for the sleeping pills."

Obviously, this is not your typical romantic comedy. Neil LaBute sees a grim side of human behavior (again evident in his new feature YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS) and doesn't try to make the audience feel comfortable watching his film. In fact, it's quite the opposite.

But the truth is, you'll probably never forget it

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originally posted: 09/01/98 16:21:32
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User Comments

5/19/12 Dane Youssef LaBute has re-defined what the film itself is all about. Take a look at the genuine evil. 5 stars
9/03/06 Indrid Cold Wow! Didn't expect it to be so good. Intellectually and emotionally intense. 5 stars
3/18/05 dbx awesome. really gets a reaction out of you. 5 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Wallows in the same depravity it pretends to condemn. Eckhart is admittedly very good. 1 stars
9/01/01 Butterbean Would have been awesome if it didn't drag at the end 4 stars
6/23/01 JohnBoy And to think it actually makes Fort Wayne look like a nice place to live. lol 5 stars
2/25/01 Will made me feel kinda dirty 5 stars
7/25/00 Paulo Vieira the violence in words hurts more than the physical one. It makes you uncomfortable. 5 stars
7/11/00 Jami One of the most brilliantly disturbing and harsh films I have seen in a long time. 5 stars
4/04/00 Mike Leskow A great break-up chick flick 5 stars
6/15/99 Dylan MY girlfriend hated it, obviously. 4 stars
4/09/99 Randall I never knew us mean could be so evil 5 stars
1/31/99 Vick Di Brecci Some one-note shock films work (Kids). This one was too lazy to work. 3 stars
1/01/99 Guess? A brilliant, emotional roller coaster! 5 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink One of the best black comedies I've ever seen! 3 leads are brilliant! This movie kicks ASS! 5 stars
11/26/98 G if you don't like this you don't appreciate film. Eckart's great 5 stars
11/21/98 JIZMO an obvious,trite,not to say boring attempt at provocation 2 stars
11/14/98 Barrie Sent me reeling - so damn nasty and so damn brilliant. 5 stars
11/01/98 MR HOLLYWOOD !! Never laughed and frowned so much in my life !! 5 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob LaButes man-hating debut. A snarling commentary, bound to make you think! 5 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Great nasty little movie. Will make you think. And spew. 5 stars
10/12/98 joseph okay--notvery intriguing 3 stars
10/07/98 Maegs Provacative film, lets hear it for the hometown boy 4 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball LaBute has a big future. So does Eckhart. 5 stars
8/20/98 The Man With The Helmet A vicious little film. Great stuff. 5 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Again, Johny's right. A cracker. 4 stars
8/16/98 Johny A starling and brilliant film 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  01-Aug-1997 (R)

UK
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Australia
  01-Aug-1997


Directed by
  Neil LaBute

Written by
  Neil LaBute

Cast
  Aaron Eckhart
  Stacy Edwards
  Matt Malloy



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