IMDb > The Shape of Things (2003)
The Shape of Things
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Shape of Things (2003) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 69 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Shape of Things -- Theatrical Preview
The Shape of Things -- Quiet, unassuming Adam (Rudd) is changing in a major way, thanks to his new girlfriend, art student Evelyn (Weisz). Adam's friends (Mol and Weller) are a little freaked by the transformation.


User Rating:
6.8/10   9,550 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 19% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers (WGA):
Neil LaBute (play)
Neil LaBute (screenplay)
View company contact information for The Shape of Things on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
16 May 2003 (USA) See more »
Seduction Is An Art
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Shape of Art as Manipulation See more (110 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Directed by
Neil LaBute 
Writing credits
Neil LaBute (play)

Neil LaBute (screenplay)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Neil LaBute .... producer
Andrew Lipson .... producer
Gail Mutrux .... producer
Philip Steuer .... producer
Rachel Weisz .... producer
Original Music by
Elvis Costello 
Cinematography by
James L. Carter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Plotch 
Casting by
Fiona Weir 
Art Direction by
Christopher H. Lawrence 
Lynette Meyer 
Set Decoration by
Sondra Thorpe 
Costume Design by
Lynette Meyer 
Makeup Department
Raqueli Dahan .... makeup department head
Daniel Erdman .... department head hair
Kevin Haney .... prosthetics makeup
Cynthia Laws .... assistant makeup artist
Stephen Prouty .... prosthetics makeup (as Steve Prouty)
Production Management
Richard E. Chapla Jr. .... production supervisor
Steven Kaminsky .... post-production supervisor
Philip Steuer .... unit production manager
Michelle Wright .... executive in charge of production: Working Title Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Saunders .... second assistant director
Jonathan Watson .... first assistant director (as Jonathan M. Watson)
Art Department
Paul Arden .... artist: coffeehouse paintings
Doug Devine .... lead man
Michael Flaherty .... painter
J.J. Fleisher .... swing
Francis X. Gentile .... construction coordinator
Scotty Guyson .... swing (as Scott Guyson)
Ronnie Lombard .... swing (as Ron Lombard)
Bryce Moore .... property master
Maria Paschell .... assistant property master
Steven Pinney .... sculptor
Ronald L. Woodward .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... assistant sound editor
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Alexander Court .... apprentice sound editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
William Dotson .... dialogue editor (as Bill Dotson)
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Don Givens .... foley mixer
Gregg Harris .... boom operator
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Fred Johnston .... utility sound
Sterling Moore .... boom operator
William Munroe .... boom operator
Ed Novick .... sound mixer
Michael Payne .... sound effects editor
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joseph Sabella)
Dan Scolnik .... foley cue
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Cathie Speakman .... supervising adr editor (as Catherine M. Speakman)
Patrick Stoltz .... chief sound engineer (as Pat Stoltz)
John C. Stuver .... foley editor
John Switzer .... sound effects coordinator
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Trevor Ward .... sound consultant: Dolby
Drew Webster .... sound re-recordist
Kris Wilcox .... utility sound
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Hal Levinsohn .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark Dornfeld .... digital effects opticals and end titles: Custom Film Effects
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Baird .... video assist operator
Dana Baker .... key grip
Salim Benshir .... electrician (as Salim Bensrhir)
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Eddie Bowlin .... electrician
Betty Chow .... film loader
Chad Cohlmia .... electrician
Seong Dilg .... dolly grip
Craig Doobie .... best boy grip (as Craig Dobbie)
Warren Feldman .... second assistant camera
Jim Grce .... gaffer
Steve Hurson .... first assistant camera (as Stephen Hurson)
Ronald Kline .... best boy electric
Martin J. Layton .... camera operator (as Marty Layton)
Jess Mexia .... grip
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... grip (as Daisuke Miyake)
Brian W. Nordheim .... Steadicam operator (as Brian Nordheim)
Tony Tucker .... electrician (as Anthony P. Tucker)
Ryan Vanlossberg .... grip (as Ryan VonLossberg)
Vincent Wrenn .... electrician (as Vincent Wren)
Casting Department
Leigh French .... adr voice casting
Rich King .... extras casting
Daniel Swee .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Dozier .... costume supervisor
Leigh Stanton .... costumer
Editorial Department
Mark Dashnaw .... first assistant editor (as Mark Alan Dashnaw)
Robin Gonsalves .... post-production assistant
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Meagan James .... assistant editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Milton Rudge .... colorist: dailies
George Valdez .... post-production assistant (as George A. Valdez)
Bonnie J. Young .... negative cutter (as Bonnie Young)
Music Department
Nick Angel .... music supervisor
Kirsten Lane .... music consultant
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of film music: Universal Studios
Nick South .... music editor
Alexandra Hill .... music assistant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John W. Barbee .... transportation captain
Al Burton .... transportation coordinator
Roger Byrd .... driver: camera truck
Lance Cherniet .... driver (as Lance I. Cherniet)
Alberto Coto .... driver
Manuel Martinez .... driver: art department
Kelly Murphy .... driver: honeywagon
Travis Stake .... wardrobe driver
Raymond Van Holtan .... driver: production van (as Raymonf Van Holton)
Ali Yegahne .... driver (as Ali Yeganhe)
Other crew
Alexa Alden .... script supervisor
Bert Beatson .... stand-in: Mr. Rudd
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Thomas Brunelle .... voice-over
William Calvert .... voice-over
Richard A. Clark .... key assistant location manager (as Richard A. Clark II)
Jennifer Crystal Foley .... voice-over
Sara Curran .... head of legal and business affairs: Working Title Films
Lawrence Curtis .... office production assistant
Tony Davis .... production coordinator: Working Title Films
Moosie Drier .... voice-over
Jennifer Dunne .... location manager
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Sierra French-Myerson .... voice-over
Shefali Ghosh .... chief financial officer: Working Title Films
Ari Haas .... set production assistant
Tim Harms .... assistant: Neil LaBute
Lara Harris .... voice-over
Evan Hayes .... set production assistant
Robert Hepburn .... set medic (as Robert 'Sarge' Hepburn)
Leah Holmes .... post production accountant
Aliza James .... assistant: Mr. Fellner
Elizabeth Jurado .... assistant: Rachel Weisz (as Elizabeth A. Jurado)
Robert Lepucki .... assistant location manager (as Bob Lepucki)
Ann Lynch .... executive coordinator: Working Title Films
Laurent Marchand .... caterer (as Laurent Marchand)
Laurent Marchand .... chef (as Laurent Marchand)
Jessie S. Marion .... voice-over
Frankie McEwen .... stand-in
Callum Metcalfe .... assistant: Mr. Bevan
Kevin Mittan .... dailies supervisor
Angela Morrison .... chief operating officer: Working Title Films
Traci Murray .... stand-in
Don Napoli .... assistant accountant (as Donald Napoli)
John Nasraway .... key set production assistant
Huston Petty .... craft service (as Houston Petty II)
Scott Pitman .... assistant production coordinator
John H. Price .... on-set interviews
Guadalupe Rilova .... assistant: Gail Mutrux
Michele Robertson .... unit publicist
Mark Rogerson .... stand-in
Michael Sartain .... set production assistant
Ben Schoen .... end title typographer: Scarlett Letters
Sheeraz Shah .... vice president legal and business affairs: Working Title Films
Clarisse Sirianni .... dailies supervisor
Lauren Swearingen .... production coordinator
Lucy Wainwright .... legal advisor: Working Title Films
Jennifer Wirrick .... set production assistant
Howard Young .... production accountant
Christina Angeloudes .... paralegal (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Ian McDiarmid .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language and some sexuality
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Was originally a play starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz, which played in London in the summer of 2001.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Evelyn:Don't worry about 'why' when 'what' is right in front of you.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Pygmalion (1938)See more »
Lover's WalkSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
The Shape of Art as Manipulation, 12 May 2003

Rachel Weisz seems to be everywhere. From a Soviet partisan in besieged Stalingrad in "Enemy at the Gates" to a self-assured single mom in "About a Boy" and most recently as a grifter in "Confidence," she inhabits her roles with deft assurance.

Here, in Neil La Bute's play-brought-to-the-screen, "The Shape of Things," Weisz is a disturbing, thought-provoking challenging character: an artist in pursuit of a master's degree but in reality a tester of uncharted waters as she combines the creation of art with her relationship with a man who, like a canvas, is transformed from without. In this case by her.

Paul Rudd is Adam, an art gallery guard who Evelyn, the art student, first encounters in a quirky exchange that suggests an unfolding comedy. There are humorous moments but a darker side slowly emerges as Evelyn carefully encourages Adam to shed his dorky exterior. There's nothing new, of course, with the theme, "Change if you love me," but here Adam's relationship with his close friends, Phillip (Fred Weller) and Jenny (very well acted by Gretchen Moll) takes some disturbing turns. Is Evelyn a catalyst or an agitator? Is her commitment to art part of her persona or its sum total? These questions are increasingly explored in this short film. Does the name "Adam" have some esoteric meaning here?

Some plays don't travel well to the screen. This one does. La Bute's play seems to have been little altered by him for a screenplay.

What is the place of ideas and intellectual experimentation in the creation and fostering of an intimate relationship? Are there boundaries that must be respected even if truth is sacrificed in the process? Does art illuminate or camouflage the reality of a relationship? No ready answers and no final ones here but the effort yields a thought-provoking study.

Rachel Weisz's emerging and brooding intensity is the anchor for this unusual film. She also produced the movie.

The score is by Elvis Costello. His fans will appreciate the soundtrack.


Was the above review useful to you?
See more (110 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Shape of Things (2003)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Most messed up movie I've ever seen srschirm
Evelyn is a borderline sociopath brightsun66
Whispered bostonfilm3
Jenny Was Not All That Moral Either denise1234
Movie plays too much like a play.. wranglerd
Can Art be Evil? nineinone2001
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Candy Art School Confidential Kings & Queen Quinceañera 2 Days in Paris
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.