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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men 2009 NR CC

3.8 out of 5 stars (15) IMDb 5.6/10

Directed by John Krasinski and based on David Foster Wallace's best-selling book, this provocative and hilarious film explores sex and relationships. Co-starring Will Arnett.

Starring:
Julianne Nicholson, Ben Shenkman
Runtime:
1 hour, 20 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director John Krasinski
Starring Julianne Nicholson, Ben Shenkman
Supporting actors Timothy Hutton, Michael Cerveris, Corey Stoll, Chris Messina, Max Minghella, Lou Taylor Pucci, Will Arnett, John Krasinski, Will Forte, Joey Slotnick, Clarke Peters, Dominic Cooper, Benjamin Gibbard, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Meloni, Denis O'Hare, Josh Charles, Frankie Faison
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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JK is a fantastic writer, producer and directory. Loved every minute of this clever, quirky, well-excecuted, actually brilliant film. My favorite two parts: First,the scene with the African American son and his father, a wash-room attendant in a tony men's club. It's a play within a play, a poignant, exquisite poem. My husband and I were speechless when it was over. I would own the DVD just for this alone. Second, I loved how John completely trashed our image of him as an adorable, woman-loving charmer on "The Office," the perfect boyfriend, husband, etc. I'll never look at him the same again. What a hoot - fabulous soliloquy and great way to end the film. I'm recommending this to all my girlfriends and the men who can handle it.
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The person that categorized this as a comedy should be fired. Yes, there are moments of wry humor, but I don't think that Wallace intended any of this to be funny. The book, and this movie tore my soul out at the root and left me shaking. It was very well done.
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This was a thoroughly entertaining movie. These interviews---or soliloquies--of the "hideous men" are pretty intriguing, and, at times, quite amusing. Well casted and well acted. This is my first exposure to the work of David Foster Wallace, and, for those that are too busy to read his work, this could be a good temporary substitute.
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This is one of those movies where the silence can tell you far more than the dialog expresses. I would highly recommend this for a women's studies course In the sense that the entire movie deals with different opinions on feminism.
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This film explores the hidden thoughts of men in an anonymous environment where nobody will ever question or judge. If you are a fan of surreal dreamlike scenes where past and present co-exist in the same shot, go ahead and buy this one. Of particular interest is a man who tries to justify an affair and another who explores the demeaning job of his father. As this female college researcher says "we already know how women were affected by the feminist movement, but nobody ever asks men."
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BRIEF INTERVIEWS is a fascinating, thoughtful, talky slice of dramatic analysis. Based on stories by David Foster Wallace, it is (as you might expect) very postmodern and non-linear. The movie is almost entirely dialog-driven. A great deal of the dialog takes place in the main character's head, either remembered or imagined.

Sara is a Ph.D. student, researching modern male-female interactions by interviewing adult male "subjects" (most known only by their numbers in the anonymous interviews) about their views of and romantic interactions with women. On the topic of women, her subjects express befuddlement, hostility, agression; it's very clear that none of the men she interviews "get" women, and the majority of them don't even seem to care if they understand the opposite sex. Most of the men view women either as objects for sexual conquest or the means of achieving some kind of salvation (from loneliness? their own constructions of masculinity? meaninglessness?).

As her interviews progress, her socio-scientific observations and private life intersect / overlap in fascinating and painful ways.

Julianne Nicholson is perfect as Sara. Her character is the most developed, and she has the most powerful and expressive silences in the movie. John Krasinski's character didn't ring as true to me.
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Extraordinary acting by each actor. The development of the story line, beyond the obvious, puts the viewer in the uncomfortable position of asking yourself, "If bad things didn't exist would we know good." It is so uncomfortable that one can't help but go a little numb if not apathetic depending on your stomach and intelligence for existential contemplation.

The story mirrored my thoughts and feelings about men but I'm sure there are many women who also go through life frightened and unable to truly commit for many reasons, tragic and otherwise. Personally, even though I was in a bad relationship, I chose to "go down with the ship." After we split I would hear that song on the radio or in the supermarket and cry; I am this obsessively predisposed to commitment and I accept that nothing in life is perfect only to be improved upon. I can just imagine my ex-husband stating with emphasis, "I'm the ship!" To which I would reply, "Not everything in life is about your penis!" And I'm just at this moment now, as I write, conscious of the use of the song "Sloop John B" as part of the musical score in the movie.

Is the mundane struggle in life, for men, really all about sex? Without tragedy or defeat does sexual gratification become our raison d'etre? Yes.

Good musical score, especially the jazz.
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This movie is a thinker for sure - challenges the way we think of gender relations particularly in romantic relationships. Whether you agree with Krasinski's thesis or not, the journey he takes his audience on is a worthwhile one, even if aspects of plot and certain actor deliveries are lacking.
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