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The Shape of Things (2003)

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Quiet, unassuming Adam is changing in a major way, thanks to his new girlfriend, art student Evelyn. Adam's friends are a little freaked by the transformation.



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While visiting an art museum, a nerdy college student named Adam meets an iconoclastic artist named Evelyn and is instantly smitten. As their relationship develops, she gradually encourages Adam to change in various ways that surprise his older friends, Jenny and Philip. However, as events progress, Evelyn's antics become darker and darker as her influence begins to twist Adam and his friends in hurtful ways. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

student | friend | art | museum | statue | See All (106) »


Seduction Is An Art


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Forma das coisas  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,246 (USA) (9 May 2003)


$732,241 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Rudd lost 25 pounds for the film. See more »


In the park scene where Adam and Jenny kiss, Adam's nose looks normal, but at this point he hasn't had the surgery yet. The surgery happens in the next scene. See more »


Adam: Next you're going to tell me that the handkerchief with the strawberries on it is missing!
Evelyn: I don't know that reference.
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References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »


Lover's Walk
Written by Elvis Costello
Performed by Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Courtesy of Demon Music Group, Ltd., by Elvis Costello
By Arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Co. and Warner Special Products
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Labute's best work since "In The Company Of Men
23 December 2004 | by (The Center of the world) – See all my reviews

Heart wrenching and captivating look and relationships that is Neil Labute best film since his horrifying " In the Company of Men" Rachel Weisz literally hold the movie and the viewer in the palm of her hand with a supercharge performance that will be talked about for years and Paul Rudd does good as well as her object of desire. The movie starts off being one thing and ends up being something completely and terrifyingly different once it was over. This is one viewer who is still blown away by the climax and will probably always remember the lesson that was learned by watching this film. Special Thanks to Neil Labute and Rachel Weisz for making one of the most compelling movies ever made.

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