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In the Company of Men -- 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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Are all men bastards...or just misunderstood?
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A gripping, intense character-driven study of human nature in the corporate world See more (195 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Aaron Eckhart ... Chad

Stacy Edwards ... Christine

Matt Malloy ... 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
Sara Pauley ... Traveler
Cheryl Russell ... Traveler
Jasen Savage ... Traveler / Bank patron
Lynette Smith ... Traveler
William Young ... Traveler
Tamara Reiter ... Traveler
Chan Aye ... Courtesy van driver
Nisa Janek ... Waitress
Bob Werling ... Bartender
James D. Agnew ... Office man
Thomas Airgood ... Office man
Jack S. Berg ... Office man
Patrick Garrett ... Office man
Kenneth Low ... Office man
Kent Ripley ... Office man
Richard Shaipline ... Office man
Kent Uhen ... Office man
Jeff Ummel ... Office man
Cate Jenkins ... Office woman
Lisa M. Moore ... Office woman
Mary Ann Wissman ... Office woman
Christie Saylor ... Office woman
Wendy Zablotney ... Office woman
Brandy Runyan ... Temp secretary
Angela Bolenbaugh ... Woman on copy line
Theresa Heredia ... Woman on copy line
Jeri Herrmann ... Woman on copy line
Mary Veverka ... Woman on copy line
James Veverka ... Man on copy line
Tony O'Dell ... Painter
Adam Simcoe ... Painter
David Kledzik ... Man lunching
Angie Reed ... Woman lunching
Christine Smith ... Woman lunching
Pete Smith ... Man lunching
Karen Wells ... Lunching woman
Ashley Caveda ... Zoo patron
James Caveda ... Zoo patron
Sheri Caveda ... Zoo patron
Rich Lee ... Zoo patron
Sam Lewis ... Zoo patron
Dan O'Shaughnessey ... Zoo patron / Bank patron
Brett Shuff ... Zoo patron
Adrienne Roberson ... Zoo patron
Michael C. Barnhouse ... Dining man
Laura L. Bartels ... Dining woman
Peter Springer ... Jeweler
Sarah Springer ... Jewelry patron
Sara Valentine ... Coffee house waitress
Carol Kohnen ... Coffee house patron
Carmella A. Leto ... Coffee house patron
Dominic J. Leto Sr. ... Coffee house patron
Rita A. Morrical ... Coffee house patron
Clark Valentine ... Coffee house patron
Paul E. Wilson Jr. ... Garage passerby
Ken Petruska ... Elevator man
Mike Thena ... Elevator man
Donna Bandor ... Bank teller
Patricia Colchin ... Bank teller
Carrie Wellman ... Bank teller
Barbara Whitacre ... Bank teller
Fred Coffee ... Bank manager
Tanya Alman ... Bank patron
Lisa Bartels ... Bank patron (as Lisa M. Bartels)
Cassandra Cox ... Bank patron
Megan Cox ... Bank patron
Manuel Dominguez ... Bank patron
Holly Goins ... Bank patron

Jesse D. Goins ... Bank patron (as Jesse Goins)
Kim Goins ... Bank patron
Angelique Hamlick ... Bank patron
Syndee Hamrick ... Bank patron
Michelle Hart ... Bank patron
Deb Howard ... Bank patron
Michael Kaufmann ... Bank patron
Hank Keifer ... Bank patron
Deb Morken ... Bank patron
Tom Needham ... Bank patron
Diane O'Shaughnessey ... Bank patron
Donald Pope ... Bank patron
Colby Prough ... Bank patron
Jamen Ratcliff ... Bank patron
Paul Rowe ... Bank patron
Greg Solon ... Bank patron
James Solon ... Bank patron
Mary Kay Solon ... Bank patron
Megan Solon ... Bank patron
Neal Solon ... Bank patron
Tim Solon ... Bank patron
Mike Tinsley ... Bank patron
Brice Urschel ... Bank patron
Sharon Urschel ... Bank patron
Paul Bay ... Extra
Brian Berghorn ... Extra
Ron Burgess ... Extra
Jason Burns ... Extra
Tina Carter ... Extra
Shawn E. Carter ... Extra
Lori M. Craft ... Extra
Ryan Craft ... Extra
Shawn Davis ... Extra
Trevor Edwards ... Extra
Don Gephart ... Extra
Roger Grigsby ... Extra
Adam Hinkle ... Extra
Tiffany Kostov ... Extra
Michael Janek ... Extra
Nicole Johnson ... Extra
Andrew K. Manes ... Extra
Sam Mitchell ... Extra
Janette Myers ... Extra
Shardesha Northington ... Extra
Howard Reed ... Extra
Ilene E. Roach ... Extra
Lindsay Roy ... Extra
Tammy Baxter-Smith ... Extra
Denise Snider ... Extra (as Denise Helberg Snider)
Patrick Veverka ... Extra
Chris Wretzak ... Extra
John Hartman ... Extra

Directed by
Neil LaBute  (as Neil Labute)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Neil LaBute 

Produced by
Mark Archer .... producer
Lisa Bartels .... line producer
Toby Gaff .... executive producer
Mark Hart .... executive producer
Matt Malloy .... executive producer
Stephen Pevner .... producer
Joyce M. Pierpoline .... associate producer (as Joyce Pierpoline)
 
Original Music by
Karel Roessingh  (as Karel Roessingn)
Ken Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Hettinger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Plotch 
 
Production Design by
Julia Henkel 
 
Makeup Department
Joe Moyer .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denise Snider .... first assistant director
Patrick Veverka .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Guy Camara .... sound recordist
Lana Hunter .... foley artist
Susan Kelsey .... foley artist
Adam C. Marshall .... sound assistant (as Adam Marshall)
George Moskal .... foley artist
George Moskal .... sound designer
Tony Moskal .... foley editor
Tony Moskal .... sound designer
Tony Moskal .... sound mixer
Tony Moskal .... sound mixing engineer
Kirby Walker .... assistant sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel Dominguez .... key grip
John Hartman .... grip
Amber Herrmann .... grip
Tiffany Kostov .... grip
Ngozi Rejane Rogers .... grip
Cheryl Russell .... grip (as Cheryl Russel)
Jason Savage .... still photographer
Jon 'J.T.' Thorn .... first assistant camera
Kristina Gore Trevail .... best girl
Laurent 'Thor' Weber .... gaffer
Paul E. Wilson Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Paul Wilson Jr.)
Jason Dixie .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mark Archer .... consulting editor
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Tony Hettinger .... consulting editor (as Anthony Hettinger)
Marty Levenstein .... consulting editor
Michael E. Phillips .... negative database (as Michael Phillips)
 
Music Department
Tony Moskal .... music producer
Tony Moskal .... score mixer
 
Other crew
Donna L. Bascom .... production counsel
Johnathan Brouwer .... pre-production
Johnathan Brouwer .... researcher
Jason Dixie .... key production assistant
Lisa Gore .... creative consultant
Sara Kiser .... caterer
Joe Koenig .... production assistant
Stephen Mahan .... video conformist
Cheryl Russell .... production assistant (as Cheryl Russel)
Cheryl Russell .... runner
 
Thanks
Angela Bolenbaugh .... special thanks
Ken Furnes .... special thanks
Ted Hope .... special thanks
Michael Montes .... special thanks
Mary Jane Skalski .... special thanks
Mike Thena .... special thanks
Abby Wolf-Weiss .... special thanks (as Abby Wolf)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for language and emotional abuse
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97 min
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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:Life is for the taking, is it not?See more »
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54 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A gripping, intense character-driven study of human nature in the corporate world, 17 March 2003
Author: polystyreneman64 from Binghamton, NY

Neil Labute's In the Company of Men is an amazing motion picture, one of the best films of 1997 and a shocking indictment of the ego-driven corporate world in which we live. On the surface, the film, expertly written by Neil Labute in his first feature effort, seems to be a cruel tale of misogyny. Lurking beneath the surface, however, is the film's true message, one which depicts the business world as a battle of survival of the fittest, a harsh world where men sacrifice their integrity and compassion in favor of oneupsmanship and greed.

Fed up with their failures with members of the opposite sex, two co-workers, Chad (Aaron Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy) decide to play a cruel prank on an unsuspecting female victim. They will both date her, and then after a six-week period, they will dump her, a plan they've devised after years of being tormented and unlucky with women. They eventually choose their prey, a deaf typist named Christine (Stacy Edwards) and begin their quest, asking her for dates, sending her flowers, and sharing intimate moments. All this seems like a pleasant surprise to Christine after years of no dating--but, of course, she doesn't know the plan the men have hatched.

I don't want to reveal too much more about the plot than this. I will say that the film has two climactic scenes, one expected and the other inevitable in retrospect. The first climax makes the movie a success, the second makes the film great--only then do we see Labute's true intent.

Labute's cast of no-names is uniformly excellent. Eckhart, who has since become a Labute staple, delivers a fascinating performance as a truly despicable character, the smooth and fast-talking Chad. Matt Malloy is excellent as Howard, the "weaker" of the two men, and Edwards is great as the hapless deaf typist, presenting her character as likable, intelligent, and sensitive, not just a stereotypical handicapped woman. But the real star of the film is Labute's script. Judging by this, and his three more recent films (Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, and Possession--all quality films), Labute is a writer-director to monitor for years to come.

A noteworthy comment about In the Company of Men is that it has been marketed as a comedy. Those of you expecting slapstick humor and romantic charms might be better served seeing another movie. In the Company of Men is NOT comedy. There are elements of black humor, especially one particularly depraved scene involving one of the men and an office intern. However, In the Company of Men is more tragic than comic, a look into the tarnished male psyche brought on by years of corporate stress and paranoia. I couldn't help but think of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, another film about corporate greed in today's world when I was watching this one. However, while Glengarry plays as more of a character-driven mystery and morality play, In the Company of Men is much more insidious, and it offers no solutions in the end. In fact, the final shot of the film is, in my mind, one of the most memorable in modern cinema. Just who exactly has the upper hand?....

9/10

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