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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men -- Directed by John Krasinski and based on David Foster Wallace's best-selling book, this provocative and hilarious film explores sex and relationships. Co-starring Will Arnett.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men -- A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.


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Julianne Nicholson ... Sara Quinn

Ben Shenkman ... Subject #14

Timothy Hutton ... Professor Adams / Subject #30

Michael Cerveris ... Subject #15

Corey Stoll ... Subject #51

Chris Messina ... Subject #19

Max Minghella ... Kevin / Subject #28

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Evan / Subject #28

Will Arnett ... Subject #11

John Krasinski ... Ryan / Subject #20

Will Forte ... Subject #72

Joey Slotnick ... Tad / Subject #59

Clarke Peters ... Subject #31

Dominic Cooper ... Daniel / Subject #46

Benjamin Gibbard ... Harry / Subject #20 (as Ben Gibbard)

Bobby Cannavale ... Subject #40

Christopher Meloni ... R / Subject #3

Denis O'Hare ... A / Subject #3

Josh Charles ... Subject #2

Frankie Faison ... Subject #42

Malcolm Goodwin ... Father of Subject #42

Rashida Jones ... Hannah

Marin Ireland ... Samantha

Lorri Bagley ... Airport Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alain Van Beaux ... Marcus - Coffee Shop Confrontation (uncredited)

Kevin Cannon ... Cafe Dad (uncredited)

Cheryl Cosenza ... Girlfriend #2 (uncredited)

Lucy Gordon ... Hitchhiker (uncredited)
Julie Lamb ... Teacher (uncredited)
Corinne Palermo ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
John Krasinski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Krasinski  screenplay
David Foster Wallace  story collection

Produced by
Kevin Patrick Connors .... executive producer (as Kevin Connors)
Thomas Fatone .... associate producer (as Tom Fatone)
Chris Hayes .... associate producer (as Christopher Hayes)
Eva Kolodner .... producer
John Krasinski .... producer
Yael Melamede .... producer
Dori Oskowitz .... associate producer
George Paaswell .... line producer
Michael Schur .... associate producer
James Suskin .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Mohler 
Nate Wood 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Zene Baker 
Rich Fox 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice 
Art Direction by
Pierre Rovira 
Set Decoration by
Cristina Casanas 
Costume Design by
Victoria Farrell 
Makeup Department
Joseph Farulla .... assistant makeup artist
Fabian Garcia .... hair department head
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Danielle Blumstein .... unit production manager
Patrick Gibbons .... production supervisor: re-shoots
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second assistant director
Anne Marie Dentici .... second assistant director: reshoots
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Kevin Pazmino .... second second assistant director
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Kim Thompson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
David Boyd .... charge scenic painter
Anna Butwell .... property master: reshoot
Travis Child .... scenic
Isaac Gabaeff .... property master
Bobbi Jo Gonzales .... assistant property master: re-shoot
Liza Handziak .... lead painter
Arlo Hoffman .... assistant property master
Gavin A. Holmes .... carpenter
Kim Korba .... scenic
James Maher .... set dresser
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo .... art department coordinator (as Melissa B. Miller)
Richard Moran .... construction grip
Michael Powsner .... set dresser
Niquan Riley .... on-set dresser
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Jeremy Bowker .... supervising sound assistant
Frank Clary .... foley editor
Neil Danziger .... boom operator
Tim Elder .... sound mixer: reshoot
Sean England .... foley artist
Will Files .... sound re-recording mixer
Will Files .... supervising sound editor
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Claire Houghtalen .... boom operator: reshoot
Michael Kirchberger .... dialogue editor
Scott R. Lewis .... sound recordist
Charlotte Moore .... post production sound accountant
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Richard Quinn .... dialogue editor
Adam Sanchez .... additional sound mixer
Special Effects by
Chelsea Manifold .... prosthetics
Paul J. Mason .... prosthetics
Carl Paolino .... prosthetics
Camera and Electrical Department
Hilary Benas .... camera loader
Manuel Billeter .... camera operator: "a" camera
Alan Blagg .... key rigging grip
Stephen Consentino .... steadicam operator
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant camera
Micah Eisenmann .... electrician
Michael Fuchs .... camera production assistant
Anthony Gamiello .... key grip: reshoot
Daniel Giddings .... grip
Jamison Grella .... additional electric
Andrew B. Hansen .... best boy electric
Josh Ingalls .... best boy grip
Mark T. Karinja .... lighting technician
Michael Kirsch .... additional grip (as Mike Kirsch)
Larry Lewinn .... company electric
Paul C. McKenna .... crane technician: Technocrane
Adam Miller .... first assistant camera: second camera
Adam Miller .... second assistant camera
William Newell .... gaffer
Paul Niccolls .... grip
Jeff Panessa .... grip
Timothy Reilly .... additional rigging grip
Jeremy Rodriguez .... grip
Liz Sales .... second assistant camera: second camera
Steve Siddell .... additional electric
David Stern .... key grip
Paul Swan .... company grip
Christopher Vidaic .... grip
Ryan Webb .... generator operator
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Lee Genick .... extras casting
Jessica Kelly .... casting assistant
Paul Schnee .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Cizmazia .... wardrobe supervisor
Jackie Freeman .... additional costumer
Michael Kale .... costume intern
Carol McLennan .... assistant costumer
Angela E. Thomas .... assistant costume designer (as Angie Thomas)
Editorial Department
Jason Crump .... dailies colorist: Mega Playground
Greg D'Auria .... assistant editor
Michael Kaz .... assistant editor
Robert Leaton .... colorist: dailies
Joan Malloch .... post-production coordinator
Patrick J. Smith .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Jana Pennell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music consultant
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Greg Koller .... recording engineer
Colleen Stewart .... music coordinator
Alice Wood .... music editor
Other crew
Ted Beck .... set production assistant
Anthony Blanco .... production assistant: first team
Nate Braeuer .... assistant location manager
Rebecca Breckel .... script supervisor
Jacqueline Brogan .... script consultant
Nicole Bukowski .... accounting clerk
Jeff Chena .... stand-in
Alison Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Anne Marie Dentici .... set production assistant
Jen Dougherty .... assistant to producer
Lee Ettinger .... sales and distribution head
Dan Gloeckner .... key set production assistant
Brett Jutkiewicz .... set production assistant
Rachel Konstantin .... stand-in
Mike Lane .... client services
Jack McDonnell Long .... production assistant
Jenny Lovin .... production assistant
Sam Mank .... production assistant
Katie Martin .... production intern
Paul Myers .... assistant accountant
Kevin Pazmino .... production assistant
John Portnoy .... titles
Adam Rettek .... production intern
Joe Robinson .... assistant coordinator
Joe Robinson .... assistant production coordinator
Eddie Serrano .... set production assistant
Ryan Smith .... location manager
Joseph Sousa .... production assistant
Michael Stewart .... additional production assistant
Marisa Vrooman .... assistant location manager
Amy L. Weishaar .... background production assistant: re-shoots
Kathy Welch .... post production accountant
Michael Wiggins .... production accountant
Wendy L. York .... script supervisor: reshoots
Ashley Arrison .... the producers wish to thank
Jon Brion .... the producers wish to thank
Christopher Ciancimino .... the producers wish to thank (as Chris Ciancimino)
Micah Green .... the producers wish to thank
John Carroll Lynch .... the producers wish to thank
Tom McCarthy .... the producers wish to thank (as Thomas McCarthy)
Sam Mendes .... the producers wish to thank
Mark Merriman .... the producers wish to thank
Jason Reitman .... the producers wish to thank
Mike Sablone .... special thanks
David Schwimmer .... the producers wish to thank
Adam Shulman .... the producers wish to thank

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Misogynist Movie of the Moment, 10 December 2010
Author: Ryan K. Mega from tokyo, brasil

Misogynist Film of the Moment: Brief Interviews With Hideous Men 10 Dec

This movie has a pretty recognizable cast. A lot of NBC actors were involved in the making of this movie. There's like four people from The Office in it. But its not a comedy. Its like an art house, weird, documentary / drama. A few highlights throughout, but not that big of a story plot, because the plot is all about telling stories. In the movie, the main character, Sara Quinn (played by Julianne Nicholson) is a grad student conducting interviews with various men of different backgrounds for a research paper. This also follows a life changing breakup with her boyfriend. She seeks to discover a reason why men doom their relationships with women by doing this case study. The movie is directed by John Krasinski (jury still out on this guy) who takes some pretty good pictures, but didn't edit right, so slow people might get lost early in. Its a crawler of a movie. The dialogue, which consists of a lot of monologue and testimony, is on point and strong. Some of the characters are endearing, but many of the men serve to reinforce stereotypes of misogynist men in the modern era, and nobody portrays that very well (bad casting-shucks NBC!). At times, it seems like feminist propaganda. But the movie is based on a book by David Foster Wallace, and unless that a masculine pen for a femme, it couldn't be feminist. Well it damn sure ain't misogynist.

Quinn unlocks the inner thoughts of the 100 or so men in the clinical interviews where they open up about relationships with women while her personal life turns into a mess (but a polite one. no Hagen-daz or bon bons and hate fests with the girls). In doing so she is hoping to understand why her boyfriend has made her feel so bad. Some like subject #17 blame the women for the failures. Some like subject #30 are happily married and in love (but only because his trophy wife stayed a trophy wife through 50). Some, like #42 and #15, are Freudian cut examples of what a man should be. A student shares a horrific story with her, stretching her notions of manhood, like an outlier on a graph, and she begins to gain insight finally. She thinks she understands it. Men are unique. Men are simple. They say they are unfaithful. They say they are sorry. They are all cowards. She thinks that men only see women as things. But when her boyfriend returns to explain the break-up, she learns the truth about the way men love.

2/4 Stars. Worth watching once. But only with your lover as a conversation piece.

—— Ryan Mega

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