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Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (2010)

Timothy Hutton , Will Arnett , John Krasinski  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Timothy Hutton, Will Arnett, Julianne Nicholson, Will Forte, Bobby Cannavale
  • Directors: John Krasinski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VKB0JW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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John Krasinski of THE OFFICE makes his acclaimed directorial debut with this adaptation of the book by David Foster Wallace. After being abruptly dumped by her boyfriend, a graduate student (Julianne Nicholson of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT) decides to interview a series of men about their reasons for behaving badly. What follows is an intimate portrait of the male species at their best, worst and most hilariously complex, confessing their desires, failures, frustrations and resentments. Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton, Will Arnett (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), Bobby Cannavale (WILL & GRACE), Will Forte (SNL), Christopher Meloni (LAW & ORDER: SVU), Chris Messina (JULIE & JULIA), Michael Cerveris (FRINGE), Frankie Faison (THE WIRE) and Krasinski himself star as just some of the interviewees in this darkly funny and savagely enlightening comedy/drama that electrified audiences at Sundance.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film- must see May 9, 2010
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In a year that has seen a surge of articles about a supposed "menaissance" and "men's studies" programs at universities, this film is especially timely. I read the book this film is based on last year, and I was so excited to see that John Krasinski would be directing it. The underlying thread that connects all the interviews seems to be, "how does treating people, yourself included, as less than or other than fully human impact you, your romantic relationships, and society?" Some of the scenes that I loved so much in the book were beautifully shot here- especially the bathroom attendant and John Krasinski's character's rant at the end. The addition of the character of the interviewer helped weave the individual stories together and gave more meaning to the film as a whole. If you have any interest in gender studies or psychology, this is a must-see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite effective and powerful August 17, 2010
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(I have not read David Foster Wallace's story collection "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men." As of yet, I have only seen John Krasinski's film of the same name and subject.)

This movie is viewed best as an overview of a certain mindset rather than of all men. It is comprised mainly of a series of interviews performed by a female interviewer (Julianne Nicholson). Male subjects include both strangers and close acquaintances. Nicholson is excellent, especially considering she is mostly silent. All women characters lack a voice here. This clearly symbolic reinforcement of women as objects and victims is interesting but also an easy evasion of creating the rare three-dimensional female characters.

The inconclusive interviews are, at times, frustrating. In fact, several cut off when the subject is about to confess his most important theory about himself or women. Perhaps the point here isn't so much what these men believe; it's that they believe they are right. Many stones are left unturned, as there really is only one general theme in a variety of guises, that of objectification. Here, male insecurities and self-hatred lead to misogyny. Men ruminate on the female mystique. One man describes objectification related more to race than gender. The pieces range from humorous, inoffensive, and light, to powerful and truly sickening; some are both.

'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men' has received mainly negative reviews. In spite of its flaws, the movie is funny, disturbing, and, ultimately, intense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hideous Men For Sure! April 19, 2010
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The title is apt....these are hideous men. They whine, they moan, they make up stories about women all in the interest of making themselves feel better about the fact that they are acting badly. Still it's interesting to see what lengths they will go to to pursue the women they obviously don't like or have much respect for. The acting is dead on and the premise is worth watching, but well,....a little of this goes a long way. On the good side, once again I have to give Chris Meloni a pat on the back - he's acting, but maybe not............and he comes eerily close to the traveling salesmen that most women have met at least once in their lifetime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Two things are clear from actor turned writer/director John Krasinski's debut film "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men." One is that Krasinski has deep regard for its source material, the challenging David Foster Wallace collection of the same title. And two, Krasinski clearly has friends in the entertainment community for this film is populated with a veritable "who's who" of familiar faces in even the briefest of roles. I suspect that, like the book, this is a piece that will divide its audience. I don't suspect that many people who've read "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men" ever expected to see a film adaptation. A "love it" or "hate it" postmodern literary experiment, the book "Hideous Men" sometimes got lost in its own ambitions and cleverness. Brief snippets of story, sometimes with no discernable point or narrative conclusion, are told in a series of vignettes to explore the male dynamic especially in regard to his view of the female of the species. Some were terrific, some fell flat in this intriguing but exasperating work.

Krasinski, in his screenplay, tries to tie these stories together with the smallest of narrative hooks. Julianne Nicholson, representing every woman, stands as the film's central performance--a researcher studying the male perspective. Existing completely and only to tie the male stories together, however, her underdeveloped character adds little to the overall experience. Shot in outright interview sessions, observations from Nicholson's actual life and fantasy sequences and recreations--Krasinski pulls out all the filmic bells and whistles to unite this into a cohesive piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on John Krasinski March 19, 2014
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John Krasinski’s “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s book is an abomination. An ill-conceived, poorly executed John Cassavetes-wannabe that doesn’t know if it wants to be a film, a play, or an audiobook. So, we’re treated to a work that feels like laziness incarnate, as if the actor-turned-untalented directed felt that Wallace was so brilliant that all he had to do was hire his friends to read the book on screen and make half-hearted attempts at a plot and he’d wind up with a film that would launch his career beyond “The Office”. Sadly, the actors hired do a pretty poor job of making Wallace’s admittedly difficult prose sound like speech rather than just an actor doing a poor monologue on a casting couch, and even when some of the actors do well (Chris Meloni and Josh Charles, for instance) he decides to play distracting and unnecessary music underneath. There are jump cuts to hide editing together multiple takes, but it comes off as sloppy rather than stylish, and he often guts the monologues of their best parts from the book anyway. Ending the film with him pretty much just delivering one of the monologues in a straight on shot is the height of narcissism, especially since he delivers it so poorly. This is one of the few films where, watching it, one loses complete respect for the person who made it.

The film has exactly 3 sequences which almost work: Christopher Meloni’s, Josh Charles’, and the bathroom attendant scene. Everything else in the film is the height of poor filmmaking. Wallace deserves better, the audience deserves better, and these actors deserved a director who could get good performances out of them (they’ve done good work individually before, so the blame I put squarely on Krasinski). Shame on you, John Krasinski. D+
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