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In the Company of Men (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 August 1997 (USA)
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Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life.


Neil LaBute (as Neil Labute)


Neil LaBute (play), Neil LaBute (screenplay)
14 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Chad
Stacy Edwards ... Christine
Matt Malloy ... Howard
Michael Martin Michael Martin ... Co-worker #1
Mark Rector Mark Rector ... John
Chris Hayes Chris Hayes ... Co-worker #2
Jason Dixie Jason Dixie ... Intern
Emily Cline Emily Cline ... Suzanne
Roxanne Butler Roxanne Butler ... Flight attendant
Tahirah Essix Tahirah Essix ... Traveler
Julia Henkel Julia Henkel ... Traveler
Sara Pauley Sara Pauley ... Traveler
Cheryl Russell Cheryl Russell ... Traveler
Jasen Savage Jasen Savage ... Traveler / Bank patron
Lynette Smith Lynette Smith ... Traveler


Two junior executives on a six week business trip, both of whom have been recently hurt by women, devise a horrible plan to get even with women for their past hurts: They intend to find, romance, and then dump a vulnerable woman. They choose Cristine, and for a while all goes according to plan. However, it soon becomes clear that things are not as simple as they think. Written by <mbwrite@pipeline.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Are all men bastards...or just misunderstood?


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and emotional abuse | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En compagnie des hommes See more »


Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,006, 3 August 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,856,622, 12 October 1997
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "100 New Classics ranking as #74 in the June 20, 2008 issue. The issue ranked the greatest movies of the previous 25 years. See more »


Chad: [Snaps his fingers then Yells] Hey!
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Harsh comedy that almost succeeds
8 November 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Chad (Aaron Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy) are in a new town for 6 weeks on business. Frustrated by the women in their lives they decide to use the time to seduce an insecure woman and make her feel loved - only to destroy her before they leave. They pick Christine (Stacy Edwards), a deaf girl from their office and set the plan in motion.

This is a fascinating black comedy looking at the macho world of American businessmen - although it is a look at the shallowness and competitiveness of men generally. The plot may sound simple but it is very powerful and insightful - although the men are exaggerated versions of reality in order to make clear points. The film doesn't totally satisfy but it is a great character piece.

Almost to a man the leads are all excellent, Eckhart is almost pure evil as the man who we all recognise or know, while Malloy is great as the man who wants to be in the game but is getting to the point where he longs for simpler values. Edwards is beautiful as the vulnerable Christine who gradually opens up with confidence as she is made to feel more and more special.

Labate's direction is spot on for this - most of the action is dialogue based and the sets are made like theatre sets. As such the direction is quite static but the camera is often set in very interesting shots. Labate's writing is the real strength with the whole dialogue strong, perhaps exaggerated and yet totally believable.

A wonderfully harsh drama that will make you aware that will carry you along effortlessly.

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