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The Vicious Kind -- A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.


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  (in credits order)

Adam Scott ... Caleb Sinclaire

Brittany Snow ... Emma Gainsborough

Alex Frost ... Peter Sinclaire

J.K. Simmons ... Donald Sinclaire
Vittorio Brahm ... J.T.

Bill Buell ... Rocky

Alysia Reiner ... Samantha

Kate Krieger ... Molly

Jordan Berkow ... Hannah (as Jordan Reid Berkow)
Anne Gill ... Waitress
Emily Jo ... Girl in Bar (as Emily Oehler)

Jim Ford ... Frat Boy #1

Kevin Rogers ... Frat Guy #2
Rebecca Nickeas ... Bartender (as Rebecca Bond Nickeas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Bizik ... Captain of Bowling Team (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Toland Krieger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lee Toland Krieger  screenplay

Produced by
Sheri Davani .... co-producer (as Shahrzad 'Sheri' Davani)
Dallas Dickinson .... co-producer
Dallas Dickinson .... line producer
Christopher Finefrock .... executive producer
Jeff Gross .... executive producer
Tim Harms .... producer
Ryan Horton .... executive producer
Lee Toland Krieger .... producer
Neil LaBute .... executive producer
Lindsay Lanzillotta .... producer
Andy Rudenstein .... executive producer
Mamta Trivedi .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jeff Cardoni 
Cinematography by
Bradley Stonesifer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gino Roy  (as Regino Roy III)
Casting by
Rebecca Gushin 
Production Design by
Grady Cooley 
Art Direction by
Nadya Gurevich 
Costume Design by
Lindy McMichael 
Makeup Department
Lisa DelleChiaie .... additional hair stylist (as Lisa Delle Chiale)
Lisa DelleChiaie .... additional makeup artist (as Lisa Delle Chiale)
Tera Hardwick .... additional hair stylist
Tera Hardwick .... additional makeup artist
David Kalahiki .... key hair stylist
David Kalahiki .... key makeup artist
Rondi Scott .... additional hair stylist
Rondi Scott .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Mamta Trivedi .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Dauro .... second second assistant director
Sheri Davani .... first assistant director (as Shahrzad 'Sheri' Davani)
Scott Larkin .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Bricker .... property master
Chris Ducher .... art department intern
Thorstein Foss .... leadman
Nadya Gurevich .... additional artwork: Caleb's room
Ian Noel .... set dresser
Tamera VanDyke .... props assistant
Sound Department
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Bylsma .... sound coordinator
Bryan Dembinski .... sound mixer
Trevor Dowswell .... sound coordinator
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr supervisor (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoiza)
Gonzalo Espinoza .... sound mixer: adr (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoiza)
Sean Gray .... sound designer
Sean Gray .... sound effects editor
Jeff Gross .... foley artist
Allison Howe .... additional boom operator (as Alison Howe)
Amanda Jacques .... boom operator
Thomas W. Jordan .... additional sound mixer
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Mike Pipgras .... foley artist (as Michael Pigras)
Mike Pipgras .... sound effects editor (as Michael Pigras)
Mike Silvestri .... additional boom operator
Ben Zarai .... sound supervisor
Visual Effects by
Aaron Peak .... effects artist: Hollywood-DI
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Kevin Rogers .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Abraham Altbuch .... best boy grip
Julian Altbuch .... additional grip
Brant Beland .... gaffer
Jeremy Conley .... additional grip
David Dutkus .... additional electrician (as David A. Dutkus Jr.)
Patrick Garstin .... additional electrician
Rory Hanrahan .... second assistant camera
Samuel Herbig .... third electrician (as Sam Herbig)
Martin Hoffman .... swing
David Isern .... Steadicam operator
David Isern .... camera operator
Stephen Lamb .... additional second assistant camera (as Steve Lamb)
Drew Lauer .... additional electrician
Christopher Little .... additional photographer: Caleb's Room
Joe Mandeville .... additional grip
Steve McNally .... best boy electric (as Stephen McNally)
Ryan Minelli .... additional electrician
Tom Mone .... additional grip
Darrin Nim .... additional grip
John C. Reyes .... first assistant camera (as John Reyes)
Ethan Rosenduft .... additional grip
Gino Roy .... still photographer (as Regino Roy III)
Torrey Schoerner .... key grip
Jonathan Vendetti .... third grip (as Jonathan R. Vendetti)
Lukas Wolf .... camera loader
Rob Woolsey .... additional electrician
Nu Zhang .... additional best boy electric
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Adam Vincentz .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linde Aseltine .... wardrobe supervisor
Ryan Lennon .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Friedman .... additional editor
Aaron Peak .... colorist
Aaron Peak .... on-line editor
Joel Plotch .... consulting editor
Neil Smith .... digital intermediate supervisor: Hollywood-DI
Jimmy Mann .... colorist: dailes (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Cardoni .... music score producer
Wende Crowley .... music supervisor
Jonathan Lazar .... music supervisor
The Monarchs .... additional music supervisor
Danny Moynahan .... musician: musical saw
Doug Trantow .... music scoring mixer
Zach Urband .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
David Boyde .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jeff Blauvelt .... production technical advisor
Kate Bogli .... location scout
LeRoy Brown .... title designer
Derrick Caranci .... set medic
Adam Davids .... production legal services
Darren Dolcetti .... paymaster
Kathy England .... insurance: England Insurance Brokerage
Theresa Freund .... caterer
Danielle Gilbert .... assistant: Ms. Snow
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance researcher: indieCLEAR
Steven E. Krieger .... additional legal services
John Lanza .... accounting auditor: Kostin Ruffkess & Company
Aldo Lanzillotta .... production office coordinator
Jeffrey Marvin .... production accountant
Laurie McBride .... accounting auditor: Kostin Ruffkess & Company
Ian MacAllister McDonald .... production assistant: Los Angeles, Candleridge Entertainment (as Ian McDonald)
Kacie McMichael .... assistant: Mr. Krieger
Dylan Mitchell .... local intern
Lesley-Anne Morrison .... script supervisor
Colin Narducci .... set medic
Rebecca Nickeas .... assistant: Mr. Finefrock (as Rebecca Bond Nickeas)
Joseph Oxford .... set production assistant
J.T. Perkins .... location intern
Cindy Preston .... craft service
Elsa Ramo .... distribution legal services
Elsa Ramo .... legal services: talent
Sean Reynold .... set medic
Michael Russell .... assistant production office coordinator (as Mike Russell)
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... key production assistant (as Luke T. Sherman)
Bethany Thomas .... insurance: England Insurance Brokerage
Julian Tomasiewicz .... craft service
Alejandro 'Lex' Ulloa .... location production assistant
Jonathan Urband .... location manager
Lauren Vanderschuur .... production assistant: first team
Jeffrey M. Weber .... film runner production assistant (as Jeffrey Weber)
Amy L. Weishaar .... production assistant: background
Erik Bright .... publicist (uncredited)
Warren Zavala .... thanks

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and pervasive language
USA:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:MA (2011) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Portugal:M/12 | USA:R (certificate #45711)
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[first lines]
Caleb Sinclaire:You know they're all whores, right? All of 'em. I'm not just talking about the little skanks that hang out around your dorm, or frat, or whatever. But actually every woman you've ever known, and every woman you'll ever meet - Mom, Grandma, Aunt Ellen. The fact that they're related to us doesn't make any difference. Cause at the end of the day, given the right set of events, they *will* fuck you over. For the sole reason that they have a vagina, and they can.
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and compelling, 14 February 2010
Author: Siamois from Canada

The premise of this movie seemed interesting enough for me to give it a try. The story revolves around Caleb, a misogynist construction worker in a small town. His younger brother Peter just got his first "serious" girlfriend, which he is bringing for Thanksgiving to their dad's.

Adam Scott was an unknown to me but is absolutely amazing in the role of Caleb. He conveys all the suffering in this character on the inside, with all the aggressiveness on the outside. Caleb is fueled by hatred and negativity but the writing and direction of Lee Toland Krieger, and the performance by Scott suggest that if this hatred is explicitly directed at others, it is implicitly self-hatred.

Caleb is estranged from his father for reasons we learn about through the movie and his relationship with his naive brother is uneasy at best. The gap separating them is the very different outlook they have on life and love. Peter is more of an idealist while Caleb is on the slippery slope of fatalism.

Neither of them seems to be able to see the complete picture and their father Donald Sinclaire might have something to do with this. Donald is the prototypical dad figure. Doesn't talk much and prefers to address superficialities when he does. A scene that particularly highlight this is a dinner scene between him, Peter and his girlfriend Emma. While Donald can't stop complimenting Emma on her looks, Peter at some point shifts to her academic background, which seems to put the father outside his comfort zone. Veteran actor J.K. Simmons puts another great performance as the father, a great casting choice.

The last piece of the puzzle is the outsider who crashes in this family at such a critical point. Emma is Peter's new girlfriend and while it would have been easy to make this character little more than a plot device, she has several interesting layers to her. What we know from the start about her is that she is smart, polite, beautiful and herself comes from a less than perfect family (there is talk of alcoholism). More importantly perhaps, she dumped someone for Peter, which further fuels Caleb's belief that "all women are whores" as he likes to say. I had no idea who Brittany Snow was but I was blown away by her performance as Emma. Looking at her credit list afterwards, I would never have expected that.

The story mixes all the things you'd expect from an indie. Humor (mostly dark) is there, the main characters are quirky and the peripheral characters even more so. The camera-work, editing and music all ooze of this "indie feel". If anything, this hurts this heartfelt film more than it helps. Lee Toland Krieger obviously wrote a great and heartfelt story but there,s this sense that he has watched a lot of film festival darlings and well... it's just not terribly original in presentation and at times, feels formulaic.

The only other negative aspect would be the character of Peter. Naive and idealistic does not mean a character should be bland. Likewise, actor Alex Frost is unremarkable in this role.

All in all, this is a fine film and with Caleb Sinclaire, we have been given a misogynist character that almost rivals Roger Swanson (from the cult classic Roger Dodger). I just hope that in the future, Lee Toland Krieger will find his own voice and style when making movies as opposed to shooting it "like other indies".

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