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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)

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 D. Gibbons .... production supervisor: re-shoots (as Patrick Gibbons)
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
Marco Alicea .... digital transfer
Jeremy Bowker .... assistant supervising sound editor
Frank Clary .... foley recordist
John Countryman .... digital transfer
Neil Danziger .... boom operator
Edwin Dunkley .... video services (as Ed Dunkley)
Tim Elder .... sound mixer: reshoot
Sean England .... foley artist
Will Files .... re-recording mixer (as William Files)
Will Files .... supervising sound editor (as William Files)
Ivan Fritz .... digital editorial services
Jonathan Greber .... digital transfer
Howie Hammerman .... engineering services
Pete Horner .... re-recording mixer
Claire Houghtalen .... boom operator: reshoot
David Hunter .... digital editorial services
Michael Kirchberger .... dialogue editor
Mike Lane .... client services
Scott R. Lewis .... recordist
Charlotte Moore .... post production sound accountant
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Gordon Ng .... client services
Eva Porter .... client services
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Richard Quinn .... dialogue editor
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Adam Sanchez .... additional sound mixer
Tony Sereno .... mix technician
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Frank Clary .... foley editor (uncredited)
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)
Location Management
Nate Braeuer .... assistant location manager
Ryan Smith .... location manager
Marisa Vrooman .... assistant location manager
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
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
Joseph Sousa .... production assistant
Michael Stewart .... additional production assistant
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
Glenn Kiser .... the producers wish to thank: Skywalker Sound
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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent Storytelling with Great Performances, 20 February 2010
Author: Steve Leadbetter ( from United Kingdom

Although you're unlikely to see it if you live the UK, with only a fourth quarter 09 release for 'Brief Interviews' in the States, and curiously Greece, at the Athens Film Festival, John Krasinski's adaptation of American maverick David Foster Wallace's book of the same name is something that you really shouldn't allow to go under your radar.

This shortish film (eighty or so minutes, dependent upon the version you see) has many head-spinning nuances that warrant your attention. Personally, this was a surprising turn for Krasinski, who displays a brilliant eye for a project and impresses upon his audience an ability far outweighing his popular persona of goof or funny man. It is delightful to see a harder, more serious edge to him. I was both shocked and delighted by this film and have happily become a convert of Krasinski's work, but on a whole new level.

Having not read the Wallace book and knowing little about the film prior to watching it, I feel I have benefited from not having any pre-conceptions about the story or how Krasinski decided it should be filmed.

I am grateful for the fact that I went about my usual business and avoided the reviews that had gone before me, as most reviewers have found that they either love or loathe it. Regardless, the film cannot be ignored once seen, and opinions abound about its relevance. Such is the subject matter and wealth of passionate feelings it both incites from its audience and the messages it dares to tell us about ourselves.

The 'Hideous Men' of the title are few and far between, however, and this may be different in the book, but the majority of a clearly hand-picked multitude of talented actors come across as having opinions on women that are heard all too infrequently. You get the impression that these voices would have remained unheard had a tape recorder and a camera not been placed in front of them and the right type of questions posed from an apparently unassuming and coercive questioner.

The acting talent throughout is exemplary, with one notable exception. Our lead Julianne Nicholson came across as slightly average through an uninventive, passionless and oblique performance as Sara Quinn. This is quite possibly due to her fellow performers and who can be surprised. These hideous men we come across all deliver outstanding monologues with Krasinski, Dominic Miller, Michael Cerveris and Frankie Faison being particular examples of unmissable, gripping talent.

The story is simple enough, Quinn is interviewing men on the back of a project to understand the progress of feminism and decides that the best way to understand at least half of that would be to interview men on their feelings about women, taking a broad cross-section of subjects to get as broad a result as possible.

What we get is a warts and all (and I do mean all) story about how some of these men view women in general. How some are unmoved in their philosophy and how others, at the more cognitive end of the masculine spectrum have started to realise that maybe this isn't their world after all. While some are bitter or delighted, most are confused by their relationships with the women in their lives, but all of them are nonetheless vocal about their feelings, even if those feelings are not what Quinn would really like to hear.

With an impressive cast, who appear to be mostly right on form, a screenplay adapted by Krasinski that is at times witty, funny and above all brilliantly observed by Wallace and some impressive editing by Zene Baker and Rich Fox, Brief interviews With Hideous Men is both a lesson of our times for men and women everywhere with meaning in every line. This makes romantic comedies seem dire by comparison and I would suggest that even though this is most definitely a look at relationships as much as anything else, it would be wise to avoid it when picking a DVD for a second date, as this raises some uncomfortable questions that are thankfully not glossed over with comedy.

A real treat for fans of rational thought and superlative acting skills.

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