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In the Company of Men (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 August 1997 (USA)
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Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life.

Director:

Neil LaBute (as Neil Labute)

Writers:

Neil LaBute (play), Neil LaBute (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Chad
Stacy Edwards ... Christine
Matt Malloy ... Howard
Michael Martin Michael Martin ... Co-worker #1
Mark Rector Mark Rector ... John
Chris Hayes Chris Hayes ... Co-worker #2
Jason Dixie Jason Dixie ... Intern
Emily Cline Emily Cline ... Suzanne
Roxanne Butler Roxanne Butler ... Flight attendant
Tahirah Essix Tahirah Essix ... Traveler
Julia Henkel Julia Henkel ... Traveler
Sara Pauley Sara Pauley ... Traveler
Cheryl Russell Cheryl Russell ... Traveler
Jasen Savage Jasen Savage ... Traveler / Bank patron
Lynette Smith Lynette Smith ... Traveler
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Storyline

Two junior executives on a six week business trip, both of whom have been recently hurt by women, devise a horrible plan to get even with women for their past hurts: They intend to find, romance, and then dump a vulnerable woman. They choose Cristine, and for a while all goes according to plan. However, it soon becomes clear that things are not as simple as they think. Written by <mbwrite@pipeline.com>

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Taglines:

Are all men bastards...or just misunderstood?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and emotional abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En compagnie des hommes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,006, 3 August 1997

Gross USA:

$2,856,622
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to writer-director Neil LaBute, his script began with the line "Let's hurt somebody" and developed from there. See more »

Quotes

Chad: Never lose control, that's the key.
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A portrait of the Alpha Male and how he got that way
23 February 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

This is a riveting movie, but also an unexpected one. I didn't see this until it came out on video, and I had heard a lot about it of course, but luckily I was in the dark on the twist LaBute throws in at the end. Most people got that this was a study of male-female relationships from a wildly off-kilter view, and that was powerfully done. But I think most people missed this is also about the workplace, specifically the Alpha Male in the workplace, and how he got that way. Is it any wonder that Chad and Howard decide to make a game of their seduction of Katherine when it's clear they've had to plan their whole careers as if they were competing in a game of some kind?

I think I agree with an interview I saw with LaBute where he said he thought Howard was actually the more despicable character, because Chad is only in it for the game, where Howard starts to take those feelings seriously. Nevertheless, Eckhart's performance makes Chad one of the most chilling characters I've ever seen in movies. Where a lot of movie villains "indicate" to let you know they're just acting (which does work when it's done right), Eckhart gives away nothing, so you never know what he's thinking, even if he tells you what he's thinking. I hope he goes on to bigger things.


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