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The Vicious Kind (2009)

Adam Scott , Brittany Snow , Lee Toland Krieger  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost, J.K. Simmons
  • Directors: Lee Toland Krieger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XUBE0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Vicious Kind" on IMDb

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Theres nothing like love to bring family tensions to a boil in this intriguing dark comedy! When Peter Sinclaire (Alex Frost, Drillbit Taylor) brings home new girlfriend Emma (Brittany Snow, Prom Night), his brother, Caleb (Adam Scott, Step Brothers), finds himself irresistibly drawn to her. As the dysfunctional family is propelled into chaos, Caleb and Emma face a mutual distrust and battle a growing sexual tension.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, decent DVD February 18, 2010
Another indie that flew under the radar, but without a doubt deserves a watch. The family angst story of two brothers interested in the same woman aggravated by bad dad relations sounds old, but the acting carries through very believably and the DVD quality turned out solid.

The Connecticut locations add a relevant blandness to these characters' dysfunctional relationships and mommy/daddy issues, but Adam Scott shines through in what I would consider his break-out performance (he got some kudos for the lame film August, and usually most recognized as being that bad brother in Step Brothers). Brittany Snow was given some notice for her bold and slightly forward role here, but I think she broke that barrier with On the Doll. I like what everyone showed here, so even though it gets slow a few times and does not explain all of the character outbursts, it should keep the discerning indie viewer entertained.

The picture and sound quality are adequate and showed no real shortcomings. The supplements include:
* Behind the scenes, 16:19 minutes. Director interviews spliced with too much clip footage, but he gives a thorough background on creation and actor support in making this film.
* Deleted scenes, 5 totaling 6:30 minutes. Four of them have optional commentary. Glad they were cut.
* Extended scenes, 5 totaling 16 minutes. Worth the watch if you REALLY liked the acting.
* Two commentaries, one with director solo and one with him and Scott.

English and Spanish subs, 5.1 English only.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting really carry this story... February 14, 2010
I watched this more for J.K Simmons who plays the Father. He is superb as always but it's Adam Scott and Brittany Snow who really carry this picture. I was pretty blown away by Adam Scott in this picture. A superb performance, this guy has to be seen more. Not to give too much away I was expecting this to be more twisted than it actually turned out to be. But if you appreciate acting this is a must see. Only giving it Four as it did feel like it was plodding in places........over all well worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good, different kind of movie November 13, 2013
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This movie is a bit dark, in an edgy, more real way than I expected. Patience for the building of each character layer, worth the wait - and it's only slow the first 20min maybe. A good, different kind of movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Seductive August 18, 2013
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This movie is easily looked over, but is one that packs a solid punch. Adam Scott, who is now mostly known for comedic roles, plays a grumpy insomniac (Caleb) who is not over a rough break-up. His little brother (Alex) comes to town for Thanksgiving and brings along his girlfriend (Emma). They seem like an odd couple because Alex is a small town, nice guy and Emma is more punk rock. Caleb slowly becomes interested in Emma because she looks exactly like the girlfriend who left him. This movie is great because of the tension between all of the characters, and the complexity of how their lives intertwine in a short time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it June 8, 2013
By ATaylor
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This movie is definitely darker than I expected, a little slow, but a good unique movie. I love Adam Scott even more after watching this, but definitely not a feel good movie, if you're into darker indie movies, this is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, directing January 6, 2013
By alison
Impressive performances by Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, and JK Simmons, and Alex Frost, who seems not to have been in much else, was good in his less nuanced role. I particularly liked seeing Scott and Simmons in dramatic roles, since I have previously only seen them in comedies.

Complex subject. At times I definitely questioned the message about women, but by the end of the movie, it's clear that all of these "betrayers" are equally flawed. Both the acting and great directing made for a movie that struck me as emotionally deep, and also intellectually stimulating. Somewhat depressing yes, but I enjoyed it and didn't come away feeling depressed. Just emotionally moved to a certain degree, and impressed by the acting and directing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Dysfunction December 13, 2011
Who knows? Maybe some movie viewers need to see really screwed up people to realize there are those out there worse off than themselves.

Here's the scoop. Caleb is way down over a break-up with his girl. He needs to pick his younger brother, Peter, and Peter's girlfriend up from the train station and get them to dad's house for Thanksgiving. He can't join them because he's on the outs with dad. Somehow he and Pete's girl, Emma, develop a fascination for one another and things get sticky.

This is a way cool indy flick. It's an interesting situation peppered with interesting characters. Caleb is so strung out over his break-up he vacillates between being incredibly rude and then apologizing for being incredibly rude. His brother Peter is a babe in the woods. He's a virgin and thinks he loves Emma. Emma likes him well enough but is already hiding things from him and is really horny over Caleb. Dad is more than a bit on the crude side and might not be on the level with his boys on why mom left. The pot begins to boil.

This is all writing and acting. It's set in Norfolk West Virginia and the winter setting sets a feeling of isolation and loneliness experienced by the four main characters. Caleb gets the most screen time and his behavior helps keep things on edge because the viewer simply does not know what he'll do next. Adam Scott does a fine job as Caleb. He's 180 degrees from his character in "Parks and Recreation." J.K. Simmons is always good. This is the first starring roles I've seen for Brittany Snow and Alex Frost. Both do a stand-up job. Vittorio Brahm plays the somewhat challenged J.T., Caleb's work buddy. He doesn't get a lot of screen time but he's a memorable character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Such great performances.
I am only going to say that this is one terribly dysfunctional family. This is one engrossing movie. This is one terrific story. These are great performances by one and all. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind
Absolutely love the characters in this film. Not for the faint of heart for sure. But it's an honest and compelling story told with genuineness. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Krystal Sidzyik
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining with tons of dark humor
I was scrolling through the movies one day on Netflix and came across this movie. In the small picture it looked like Ashton Kutcher was in it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sheppdawg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
It is a great movie and it was sent really fast. Adam Scott is fantastic in it, definitely different from what he usually does.
Published on May 11, 2012 by A. Glogowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Great over-looked movie
I streamed this movie on Netflix and immediately wanted to buy it when it was over. After checking all the local new and used movie/music stores, even Best Buy, and still not... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by hebrokeastring
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, Angry, Sad
This was probably one of the most odd and unsatisfying indie drama films out there today, however it's hard to stop watching the oddities that take place. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Lei
5.0 out of 5 stars Read my review and then buy the movie if it sounds good.
Do not even glance at reviews which spoil the plot twists or reveal the outcome. If I had known how this would end, it would have ruined the entire film for me. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by Ray Cassavaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars I fine movie well worth your time
Oh boy this movie had me squirming in my seat as it covers some not so fun family issues and the age old keep your hands off your brothers girl dude. Read more
Published on December 1, 2010 by Barry Brandon
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