Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
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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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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.
Julianne's character is wounded and hurt by her boy friend (Krasinski) and so she obtains permission from her professor to take on a project of interviewing various men. Her goal is to learn how men think and why they treat women the way they do! The information she obtains is a mixture of painful truths, obvious lies, possible fantasies, sincere adoration of women, and devious mixed messages! Krasinski, who was also the director delivered one of the tougher monologues to his former girlfriend. I found him to be convincing as a rather insensitive character. In fact, the cast were very good, but I do think the film needed a little more editing because it did drag a few times.
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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It was just ok. I was a little bored. I think the book is probably a lot better.Read more