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Writer (WGA):
Neil LaBute (written by)
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Release Date:
21 August 1998 (USA) See more »
Three couples. A dozen relationships. A million problems. See more »
Unhappy couples fall apart and hop into other beds with other people. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Entertaining if bleak with a slightly depressing moral See more (122 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Amy Brenneman ... Mary

Aaron Eckhart ... Barry

Catherine Keener ... Terri

Nastassja Kinski ... Cheri

Jason Patric ... Cary

Ben Stiller ... Jerry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Dotson ... Co-worker (uncredited)

Lola Glaudini ... Jerry's Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Neil LaBute 
Writing credits
Neil LaBute (written by)

Produced by
Steve Golin .... producer
Alix Madigan .... executive producer (as Alix Madigan-Yorkin)
Jason Patric .... producer
Stephen Pevner .... executive producer
Philip Steuer .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber 
Film Editing by
Joel Plotch 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Set Decoration by
Jeffrey Kushon 
Costume Design by
April Napier 
Makeup Department
Tarra D. Day .... assistant makeup artist (as Tarra Day)
Desne J. Holland .... key makeup artist (as Desne Holland)
Janine Rath .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of production
Tim Clawson .... unit production manager
Joel Hatch .... production supervisor
Glenn Kiser .... post-production supervisor: Propaganda Films
Linda Shamest .... post-production supervisor (as Linda Rae Shamest)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Cho .... first assistant director
Todd Y. Murata .... second assistant director
Art Department
Karl Beilstein .... propmaker foreman
William Biggerstaff .... paint foreman
Bryan Duff .... property master
Eli Effner .... propmaker foreman
Ken Gutierez .... swing
Werner Hoetzinger .... swing
Alex Katz .... main title artwork
Kimberly O. Killgore .... assistant property master
Melissa Mollo .... art department coordinator
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... property master
Rhonda Paynter .... on-set dresser
R.H. Phister .... artist: gallery scenes
Erik Polczwartek .... leadman
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator (as Daniel E. Turk)
Danny L. Turk .... propmaker
Sound Department
Bradford Bell .... digital/analog sound engineer
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Seth Clarke .... apprentice sound editor
Thomas Cunliffe .... boom operator
Chris David .... re-recording mixer
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Tom Debold .... apprentice sound editor
Barbara Delpuech .... assistant sound editor (as Barbara Way)
George Flores .... sound assistant
Thomas Kilzer .... apprentice sound editor
Frank Long .... digital/analog sound engineer
Matthew Machado .... apprentice sound editor
Noel McIntosh .... digital/analog sound engineer
Todd Niesen .... sound editor (as Todd A. Niesen)
Jeffrey Perkins .... re-recording mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound editor (as Geoffrey Rubay)
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joe Sabella)
Jackson Schwartz .... adr mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... foley artist
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Dave Fiske .... digital effects coordinator (as David Fiske)
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... digital effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Aguilar .... grip
Jason Andrew .... rigging grip
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
John A. Burke .... first assistant camera
Jeffrey A. Cunningham .... assistant camera (as Jeffrey Allan Cunningham)
Shomari Davis .... rigging grip
Neil Fleischbein .... grip
Kristin R. Glover .... camera operator (as Kristin Glover)
Paul A. Hardiman .... rigging best boy (as Paul Hardiman)
Dan Hofstad .... electrician (as Daniel Hofstad)
Richard Kuhn .... key grip
Jeff Levy .... gaffer (as Jeffrey A. Levy)
Gary Louzon .... key rigging grip
David Luckenbach .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Luckenbach)
Christian Rice .... rigging gaffer
Beau Damon Richards .... electrician
John Ridenour .... best boy grip
Bruce Sharp .... best boy electric
William Skinner .... electrician
Andrew Smith .... electrician
Gina Villalobos .... camera loader
Tony Willard .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Maureen Whalen .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Henricksen .... set costumer
Lynette Meyer .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Andrea Bottigliero .... first assistant film editor
Keith Brachmann .... assistant film editor
Joseph Butler .... apprentice film editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Tom Seid .... assistant film editor (as Thomas Seid)
George Carlston .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Darin Burt .... assistant location manager
Geno Escarrega .... assistant location manager
Christopher W. Trott .... location manager (as Christopher Trott)
Music Department
Ron Finn .... music editor
Frankie Pine .... music supervisor
Dawn Soler .... executive in charge of music: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (as Dawn Solér)
Steve Kaminski .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joe Barreras .... driver
Jeff Bova .... transportation captain
Frank Gallardo .... driver
Tui Letuli .... driver
Antonio Molina .... transportation coordinator
Sean J. Moore .... driver
Billy Ray Poole .... driver
Bro Richmond .... driver (as Maro Uo Richmond)
Jim Shea .... driver
Other crew
Erin Alexander .... assistant: Ben Stiller
Gina Amoroso .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Jana Avey .... stand-in
Scott Bauer .... set production assistant
David Boyle .... Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs: Propaganda Films
Melissa J. Brantley .... assistant: Mr. LaBute
Thomas Brunelle .... additional voice
William Calvert .... additional voice
Dea Cantu .... script supervisor
Karen Chalk Wheeler .... post-production accountant
Richard E. Chapla Jr. .... production coordinator
Rita Lisa Danao .... key set production assistant
Nour Dardari .... production accountant
Josh Dotson .... stand-in (as Joshua Dotson)
Leigh French .... additional voice
Eddie Frierson .... additional voice
Craig Glaser .... craft service
Jennifer S. Gottlieb .... key set production assistant
Brett Greenstein .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Jeff Gross .... assistant production coordinator
Ellen Hofstadter .... accounting supervisor (as Ellen Hofstadter-Shapiro)
Frederick T. King Jr. .... production office assistant
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (as Robert A. Lampkin)
Andrea Larsen .... first assistant accountant
Luisa Leschin .... additional voice
Christie Mellor .... additional voice
Phil J. Minsky .... caterer
Kevin B. Piatt .... set medic
Walter Raney .... assistant: Mr. Patric
Noel Reyes .... caterer
Mark Rodriguez .... set production assistant
Hilary Russell .... set production assistant
Ruth Silveira .... additional voice
Sarah Voigt .... production office assistant (as Sarah Curran Voigt)
Molly Ward .... assistant to cast
Michael Wat .... payroll accountant
Suzanne Coker .... body double (uncredited)
Paul Hargrave .... executive location manager: Propaganda Films (uncredited)
Maria Williams .... assistant: Ben Stiller (uncredited)
Don Finn .... thanks (as Donn Finn)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for graphic sexual dialogue, strong sexuality and language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Production Designer Charles William Breen intentionally avoided using any exterior locations in the film at all in order to give the film an East Coast feel. In reality, the film was shot entirely on location in Los Angeles, except for the notorious steam bath scene, which was shot in a set built on stage.See more »
Mary:Life is complicated. It's a funny world. People can't communicate. And you couldn't keep your erection.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Contempt (1963)See more »
Traveling Man BluesSee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining if bleak with a slightly depressing moral, 12 March 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Jerry lives with Terri but Terri is irritated by everything he does especially the way he talks during sex and needs to analyse everything. They are friends with Barry and Mary who have sexual problems as Mary is rarely roused for sex. Jerry makes a move to meet up with Mary to have sex behind Barry's back. Meanwhile Cheri works at an art gallery and picks up people there and Jerry and Barry's friend Cary lives his sex life devoid of any care or consideration for anyone else.

I have previously seen In the Company Of Men so I was prepared for the sort of view point the director seems to take regarding the nature of men and women but even then, this is still a pretty depressing look at relationships. Our characters are barely even given names, certainly no last names, and they are rarely used when you listen. More than that the names are pretty typical – the sort of names you might make up if you were put on the spot, like John Smith. The point being that these characters are not supposed to be fictional but more `everyman' characters. However is this what everyone is like? – does everyone have major relationship issues and try to have affairs with their best friends etc? Do people really have stories of male rape as their best sexual experience? I doubt it – this is a real condensing of the whole human experience into a handful of characters.

It works quite well because it is very frank and this kept my interest. Not shocking but I did want to keep watching because the dialogue was good. Sadly I could have cared less about the actual lives before me. As a plot I didn't get involved partly because it was so fake feeling – it was obvious from day 1 that LaBute was not going to give us the luxury of even one mildly messed up relationship, no – it was obvious that everything that could fail would. The dialogue does save the film as it is well written and darkly funny, however it just wasn't enough of a story – instead it was rather smugly self aware.

The cast do well with the dialogue and the film is staged more like a play than a roaming film, with mostly static interior shots used. Stiller is good but doesn't excel himself. Eckhart shows how good an actor he is by playing a character so the opposite of his character in LaBute's previous film and playing it well. Patric steals the show but his character is the least developed. He is the funny one and is like Eckhart's character in `In the Company Of Men' in that he is selfish and cruel to women. However his character seems to be LaBute's ideal in this piece as he is the only one who seems to get what he wants – is this the moral of the film? The female characters are weaker as you'd expect. Brenneman cuts a pathetic character and simply mops around a lot. Kinski is given little to do although Keener has a stronger part to play.

Overall I enjoyed this because it was full of good dialogue that keeps you listening because of how very frank it is. However that doesn't mean that the story or film is involving and it does feel a little distant and not based in any life I've ever lived. A bit too cruel, harsh and dark but it just about gets by on those credentials – but the music of Metallica played on violin is worth watching the credits for!

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