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Writer (WGA):
Neil LaBute (written by)
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Release Date:
21 August 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Three couples. A dozen relationships. A million problems. See more »
Plot:
Unhappy couples fall apart and hop into other beds with other people. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Not a great movie, but it draws us in with its subtle power and intrigue. ***1/2 (out of four) See more (121 total) »

Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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)
 
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
Maro Uo Richmond .... driver
Jim Shea .... driver
 
Other crew
Erin Alexander .... assistant: Ben Stiller
Gina Amoroso .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Jana Avey .... stand-in
Scott Bauer .... set production assistant
Melissa J. Brantley .... assistant: Mr. LaBute
Thomas Brunelle .... additional voice
Darin Burt .... assistant location manager
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)
Geno Escarrega .... assistant location manager
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
Christopher W. Trott .... location manager (as Christopher Trott)
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)
 
Thanks
Don Finn .... thanks (as Donn Finn)
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for graphic sexual dialogue, strong sexuality and language
Runtime:
100 min
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Trivia:
We learn on the end credits that all of the characters have similar sounding names.See more »
Quotes:
Barry:Do you think you're good?
Cary:What?
Barry:I mean, do you think you're a good person?
Cary:Hey, come on, I'm trying to eat lunch here.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Insider (1999)See more »
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Wherever I May RoamSee more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not a great movie, but it draws us in with its subtle power and intrigue. ***1/2 (out of four), 23 August 2001

YOUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS / (1998) ***1/2 (out of four)

"Your Friends & Neighbors" is not really a film about sex, although every single scene, in some form or another, depicts its characters' obsessions with sexuality. The sex is not the subject of the film, but rather a medium for the characters to display various forms of behavior. Through eight very different characters, we realize the differences of behaviors, personalities, attitudes, and various degrees of selfishness. Although wealthy and classy, none of the characters are role model citizens. This is a tricky film to watch, never particularly entertaining, but often curiously involving. The sexual content and strong language will turn many audiences off, but this movie does have a solid understanding of itself, and I honor its art.

Neil Lebute is clearly more interested in the characters' sex lives than in a clear, concise story. Ben Stiller and Catherine Keener play partners. They have good friends, another couple played by Amy Brenneman and Aaron Eckhart. Stiller and Brenneman have an affair. Keener has issues with her partner's verbal expressions during sex-she finds a mate in a female artist's assistant played by Nastassja Kinski. Eckhart is his own favorite sexual partner. Jason Patrick plays a cruel, arrogant womanizer who forces his will on others. Eventually, the characters' selfishness destroys their own relationships. We become infatuated with these circumstances.

Many of the scenes contain a strange, subtle power of intrigue. One of my selection of scenes takes place in an art gallery, where the various characters chat with Nastassja Kinski's character. They have the same conversations, but the scenes end differently. Another fantastic scene is where the three men relax in a steam room and discuss their favorite sexual encounters. Jason Patrick's explanation packs a powerful, disturbing punch. Although these scenes do not necessarily construct a story, that's not a problem. The focus here is the vivid dialogue, the aggressive behavior, and the keen direction. This isn't a movie about a story. It's a movie about behavior.

The characters talk about sex constantly-whether it's in the supermarket, the basketball court, in bed, an art gallery, public restaurants, gym showers, their homes, business places, steam rooms, and more. The movie lacks passion to share with the audience, but we can tell Lebute is passionate about writing these characters. There is constantly an uneasy tension between most of them; they form no chemistry or charisma. He isolates them in their own world so that we can watch the interaction, not the romance.

"Your Friends & Neighbors" initially received an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. It contains very little nudity, no violence, and only a few scenes of actual sex. It received an R on appeal, but perhaps we should examine the association's motives for the higher rating. The discussions of sex in this movie are more vivid, more disturbing, more vivid than any actual act of sex. In a way, the MPAA honored the movie's power. They proved that Neil Lebute's social drama is certainly not for all audiences, and it's not really a great movie, but we should strongly respect the angle and courage.



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