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In the Company of Men (1997)

Aaron Eckhart , Matt Malloy , Neil LaBute  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy, Stacy Edwards, Michael Martin, Mark Rector
  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Writers: Neil LaBute
  • Producers: Matt Malloy, Joyce M. Pierpoline, Lisa Bartels, Mark Archer, Mark Hart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767806786
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In the Company of Men" on IMDb

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Director Neil LaBute's debut film is the wildly controversial story of two angry young businessmen who set out to destroy a naive secretary by pretending to fall in love with her. Chad (Aaron Eckhart), furious about the way women are ruining his man's world, enlists his wishy-washy co-worker (Matt Malloy) in a callous plan to date then dump a vulnerable secretary (Stacy Edwards). Both horrifying and hilarious, IN THE COMPANY OF MEN is "one of the best pictures of the year. This is a movie event." Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

Two bored businessmen, exiled to a remote company outpost on a six-week business trip, decide to enliven their visit by romancing a deaf woman and then savagely dumping her. Slimy Chad (Aaron Eckhart) convinces schlumphy Howard (Matt Molloy) to take part in the vicious scheme by framing it as an act of revenge against uppity womankind, but it quickly becomes apparent that he harbors some even more sinister motives. What might have been a simple exploration (some, no doubt, would say reiteration) of straightforward misogyny is elevated by the remarkable performance of Eckhart; at once charming and nauseating, his fascinating interpretation of pure competitive evil dominates the film. Neil LaBute's intelligent script is somewhat reminiscent of Whit Stillman's darker moments (minus the collegiate cleverness and zany warmth), and his direction, while rarely visually impressive, does connote the hellish impersonality of corporate interiors with chilling success. The director-screenwriter deserves additional plaudits for resisting both the tidal pull toward poetic justice and the temptation to draw either of his main characters as even slightly sympathetic. A study in ugliness, a rubbernecker's delight, a time bomb. --Miles Bethany

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saga of Chad October 8, 2000
Why is Chad so frightening? Because Society is full of Chads. Around every corner there is some version of Chad: a cruel, unscrupulous, good-looking, highly intelligent person along his lines, who will not only NOT get what's coming to him, but through guile, hypocrisy and ruthlessness rise and devour. In addition, elements of Chad exist in almost everyone, male or female, which if given a chance to operate without personal cost, will always tend to assert themselves to RULE and EXPLOIT the weak.
In a Hollywood movie Chad would've ended up ruined for his evil deeds while the Hollywood Chads behind the scenes collected a fat profit laughing their heads off at the naivete of the public. In LaButte's Indie film Chad gets it all, beautiful woman, position and sadistic kicks without any personal cost whatever.
"In the Company of Men" is not a 'great' film by any means, but an especially important one nevertheless. LaButte and Eckhart's fully realized `white collar' villain commemorates, for easier identification, the readily sensed but rather vague `evil techniques' of countless Chad-type predators throughout society. Future victims of Chads now possess a secret weapon; and not only that, the Chadlike elements present within every person will, for anyone who has seen this film, find it harder to assert themselves without complex and ever more evasive rationalizations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frightening and disturbing January 10, 2006
This film is so frightening because one can imagine these things actually happening. I needed to watch the film twice before I got it all. Basically, two corporate men decide to date a wallflower for six weeks and then dump her, breaking her heart in the most cruel way, essentially getting revenge on all of womankind for past wrongs. In this case, the wallflower is a deaf girl who is a typist in a very bleak corporate office the two men are sent to work in for six weeks. This film is so cleverly written that there were moments (the first time I watched it) when I felt that Chad (the handsome one) was actually falling for this poor girl but at the end, and then on the second viewing, I realized that he was just planting the idea that he might really have feelings for this girl in his co-worker's mind in order to manipulate him (that would be Howard - the less handsome one). Making Howard believe that he might really have feelings for this deaf woman only made her more desirable (to Howard) - male competition in play. I also felt that he was trying to undermine Howard's authority as his boss because of his jealousy - needing to sabotage that aspect as well. Though some elements of the film are cliche (the girl falls for the good-looking one of course, then the nerdy one has a breakdown), these things, again, actually happen in real life (I know a lot of women who would choose a macho handsome guy over a sensitive nerdy guy just on looks alone - the same as a man picking a beautiful woman with a so-so personality over an average-looking woman who is really smart). Though most viewers feel really bad for this woman, she actually played her own game by dating both men simultaneously even after telling Chad that she loved him. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bashed Men Behaving Badly November 14, 2000
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Heading through an airport on their way to a six-week work assignment, two junior executives in an unspecified business discover that they have both been dumped by their girlfriends. After commiserating about the heartlessness of women, the studlier of the pair (Eckhart) suggests, "Let's hurt somebody."
His proposal: While in the unnamed town, where they're headed for business, they find some vulnerable young woman and both begin to court her. They will sweep her off her feet and then, just before leaving town, each will dump her. "It'll be a little payback on all this messy relationship stuff we're dealing with," Eckhart explains. His colleague (Malloy), though a step above Eckhart on the corporate ladder and therefore supposedly wiser, readily agrees to this sordid scenario.
Their plan becomes even more repugnant when they zero in on a potential target: a lovely deaf secretary (Edwards). And so goes this most chilling film. In the Company of Men, an impressive debut movie by writer-director Neil LaBute, is a provocative look at male gamesmanship that raises as many questions about its characters as it answers.
After seeing Men (which deservedly was named best dramatic film by La Bute's fellow filmmakers at Sundance Film Festival), either you will stay up half the night discussing it, or you will find the story so profoundly disturbing that you will feel too wrung out to talk about it at all.
Men features strong performances by its trio of relative newcomers, particularly Eckhart, whose potent leading-man charm proves all the more disturbing when it becomes clear what a manipulatively malevolent knave he is and just who his real target is. And Edwards (TV's Santa Barbara), who is not deaf in real life, is both radiant and heartbreaking as a woman who blossoms under the sudden attention of two seemingly ardent swains.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable, but worth it September 2, 2004
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This is a deceptive tale from the corporate jungle. Chad (Aaron Eckhart) is a virile, handsome middle level manager capable of some charm. However he doesn't relate to other people the way most people do. He has some superficial tricks for getting close. He tells women he likes the way they smell. He knows they love that. He bonds with men by appealing to their prejudices. He tells sexist jokes: "What's the difference between a golf ball and a G-spot?" Answer: "I can spend twenty minutes looking for a golf ball." He likes to get close to people to use and exploit them. But he goes further than that. He likes to hurt them. Why? "Because I can," he says.

In other words, Chad's a sociopath who specializes in humiliating people. He gets a black worker to expose himself. He says he needs to see if he really has the stuff to be recommended for a promotion. He tells him, the guy who wins is the guy who has "the nastiest sack of venom." In case the guy doesn't know he's been humiliated, as he pulls up his pants, Chad tells him to get him a cup of coffee, black.

Christine (Stacy Edwards) is a pretty girl in her twenties, a lightning fast typist in the secretarial pool. She's very nice and caring. Problem is she's deaf and talks funny. Chad spots her and decides she is perfect for this little game of broken hearts he wants to play with Howard (Matt Malloy), his slightly nerdy friend, co-worker and sometime boss. We'll both date her, he says, and then dump her. That way we'll get back at all the women who have done us dirt. He has an ulterior motive as well. He wants to destroy Howard, just to prove he can.

What makes this film work is the sheer brutality of Chad's bloodless methods, and Director Neil LaBute's suffocating depiction of predatory life in the corporate structure. LaBute, who also wrote the script, is uncompromising in his desire to make us see that people are animals. He succeeds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mankind makes me sad though and this film is all about the worst ...
Really strong work for a self produced film. Mankind makes me sad though and this film is all about the worst in us
Published 3 months ago by Olive
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
If you love dark, thought-provoking story lines, this one is for you. I watched it many years ago and couldn't remember the title. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this film
Not for every one but it does show the dark side of the 80's. Evil is not the word, the main character is evil plus 1.
Published 7 months ago by Michel Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars $25,000 Budget!
Wow what a great movie! Cool to see local landmarks from The Fort! Would recommend to anyone that has lived in the Fort Wayne northeast area.
Published 9 months ago by HVAC Tech
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho-Narc at his best
I believe the use of a deaf woman is symbolism for women who are vulnerable & who do not really hear what they are hearing from men. Read more
Published 13 months ago by orbital chaos
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the stupidest movies, a waste of my time!
I could not watch more than 30 seconds of this awful, dull, offensive movie. I turned it off very quickly. This should not even be called a movie. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by A. Penaflor
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough to Watch
SPOILERS: "In the Company of Men" (1997) is an unflinching depiction of masculinity at its worst, featuring one of the evilest male villains of all time--all the more amazing... Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by Birt Acres
5.0 out of 5 stars The faithful portrayal of a real psychopath
It's difficult to put 5 stars to such a movie. Not because it's not a good film, but because the reasons are different from any other reason why you would rate a film high. Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by Lila
1.0 out of 5 stars Insult
This movie sucks. A man insults deaf culture because he tests to yell at her by behind. So, she can not hear him. He used her for sex. That is all. Stupid and lame!
Published on June 1, 2011 by polaroid seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted
I found this movie entertaining because it is so twisted. In a way it reminds me of the movie "a shock to the system" also excellent. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by Kryptonite
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