Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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I bought this DVD because it is a work by Jim from The Office.
It was just ok. I was a little bored. I think the book is probably a lot better. Read more
John Krasinski’s “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s book is an abomination. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Dysthymia83
The story reveals it self at the end, but far too long after I lost interest and stopped paying attention. Good acting, but poor adaptation.Published on January 29, 2011 by Rachel A. Flavin
A fantastic film - I can't wait to re-watch it because I just know it'll hold up. The DVD came on time and in perfect condition which means I'll be re-watching it for years to... Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by NoraNonsense
i love david foster wallace... this film is shallow... i recommend you to read his books...Published on September 17, 2010 by Joan Winter