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The Shape of Things (2003)

A quiet, unassuming man begins to change in a major way as a result of meeting a new, art-student girlfriend, and his friends are unsettled 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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Plot Keywords:

student | friend | art | museum | statue | See All (110) »


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?


In the original New York stage production of this play, Frederick Weller received the Lucille Lortel award for his performance. 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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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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Hard to swallow but excellent
8 February 2004 | by (Mississippi, United States) – See all my reviews

When you make it through this film it may feel as if you've chewed on broken glass. That's what this observant film does to you. I could see all along that Rudd was Weisz's little reclammation project so to speak. She always seemed to show sign in behavior as a manipulator especially when she told Rudd to choose between either her or his friends. In real life a person that Rudd was previously before Weisz's little manipulation makeover was someone who probably wouldn't get an attractive date. I could tell from there something wasn't quite right. The film is so clever and intelligent that by the end you really take a look at your own social mores. Relationships are presented here like a lab experiment and layer by layer they are dissected to show us how fallible we really are to each other. It would be easy for us to hate Weisz at the end. But doesn't she make sense..I thought it was cruel and there's no way I could dive right in an play a person like she does. Yet as I delve deeper into Neil LaBute's film I realize that his observant study makes a lot of sense. The characters in this film are really well created and the study of us as humans is pretty accurate. I hope no one else does this to a human being. It is in many ways inhumane. But it was an accurate assumption. *****/*****

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