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In the Company of Men (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 August 1997 (USA)
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.

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(as Neil Labute)

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(play), (screenplay)

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Christine
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Howard
Michael Martin ...
Co-worker #1
Mark Rector ...
John
Chris Hayes ...
Co-worker #2
Jason Dixie ...
Intern
Emily Cline ...
Suzanne
Roxanne Butler ...
Flight attendant
Tahirah Essix ...
Traveler
Julia Henkel ...
Traveler
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Traveler
Cheryl Russell ...
Traveler
Jasen Savage ...
Traveler / Bank patron
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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Are all men bastards...or just misunderstood?

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Comedy | Drama

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

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1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En compagnie des hommes  »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,006 (USA) (1 August 1997)

Gross:

$2,856,622 (USA) (10 October 1997)
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According to writer-director Neil LaBute, his script began with the line "Let's hurt somebody" and developed from there. See more »

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Chad: Let me give you a professional tip. The word is ASK.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

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Why was this movie so controversial?
16 November 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When I first heard about this movie my main motivation for seeing it was related to the controversy that surrounded it. I had heard all sorts of things said about what a misogynistic piece of garbage this was, but not afraid of a few negative reviews I went and saw it.

It's hard to say what impressed me most about this movie. I thought the performances were excellent, the dialogue was sharp and inciteful and the story intense. Aaron Eckhart's narcissistic, callous performance was amazing.

I cannot understand how this movie is misogynistic in any way whatsoever, as the characters are so hideous there is no way known you could empathise with them or consider their behaviour as anything other than abhorrent. I thought that the snapshot of the corporate male dominated workplace was fantastic and the picture it painted of testosterone charged males excellent.

The ending was amazing and I recall leaving the cinema and not being able to speak for a full 10 minutes.

See this movie.

9/10.


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