Total Film - 10/01/1999
"...Intelligent...wickedly funny..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Sight and Sound - 02/01/1998
"..A radical, alternative and deeply disturbing feminist movie..."
USA Today - 07/31/1997
"...A provocative dissection of human dynamics..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Film Comment - 03/01/1997
"...Remarkable....Its psychological conflation of sexual and professional frustration is astute..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/01/1997
"...[A] stunning, unsettling, beautifully written drama....LaBute lets poisons flow..."
New York Times - 08/01/1997
"...Tremendously gutsy....A fascinating, divisive conversation piece..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/01/1997
"...It's convincingly acted, and writer-director LaBute has a gift for a certain kind of comic-scabrous dialogue as well as a sure idea of what he wants to accomplish..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/15/1997
"...IN THE COMPANY OF MEN is the kind of bold, uncompromising film that insists on being thought about afterward..."
In writer-director Neil LaBute's debut feature film, a pair of thirtysomething white-collar businessmen, embittered by their shallow lives and bad experiences with women, target and romance a beautiful deaf secretary (Stacy Edwards) solely for the purpose of dumping her and thus gaining revenge on her sex. While one of the junior execs, Chad (Aaron Eckhart), is relentlessly cold-blooded and cruel, his partner, Howard (Matt Malloy), proves to be a spineless tagalong. When their manipulative game ends, one of them is in for a shocking surprise.
Touted as "the most controversial film of the year" upon its release in 1997, this articulate black comedy sparked a roiling storm of praise and loathing from critics and audiences alike. Eckhart, a college friend of LaBute's, became the primary lightning rod for these passionate, widely varying responses, winning an Independent Spirit Award for his performance while also fending off occasional verbal abuse from angry women mistaking him for the reptilian character he plays. The film unapologetically depicts appalling behavior but never condones Chad and Howard's actions, making it one of the most intriguing and memorable movies of the late 1990s.
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