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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.

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Michael Martin ...
Co-worker #1
Mark Rector ...
John
Chris Hayes ...
Co-worker #2
Jason Dixie ...
Emily Cline ...
Suzanne
Roxanne Butler ...
Flight attendant
Tahirah Essix ...
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Julia Henkel ...
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Sara Pauley ...
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Cheryl Russell ...
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Jasen Savage ...
Traveler / Bank patron
Lynette Smith ...
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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>

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Are all men bastards...or just misunderstood?

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Comedy | Drama

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

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En compagnie des hommes  »

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$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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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 »

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Howard: Look at you! You are fucking handicapped! You think you can choose? Men falling at your feet?
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Referenced in Spin City: In the Company of Dudes (2001) See more »

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Disturbingly Cruel and Wicked
1 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

The executives Chad (Aaron Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy) have just been rejected by their mates. While traveling for a six weeks temporary assignment in another office, they plot an evil game to get even with women. They plan to seduce a vulnerable woman and dump her with her feelings and self-esteem completely destroyed. When they meet the deaf secretary Cristina (Stacy Edwards), they find their perfect victim. However, things get complicated when Howard falls in love for Cristina.

The first time I saw "In the Company of Men" on 08 April 2000, I was really disturbed with this movie, which has been recently elected the number 28 in the ranking of the best fifty independent movies promoted by a cinema magazine. I decided to reevaluate my first view, and I did not change my original opinion that it is a gem of cruelty. The character Chad is actually the personification of evil, not those caricatures that we usually see in other movies, but a very real one that we face in our jobs, clubs or social lives. Chad is charming, handsome and charismatic on his outside, but rotten, ambitious, cold and malevolent inside, manipulating and destroying other people for his self-satisfaction and promotion. Howard is also a very real character, that type of stupid guy with lack of personality and self-esteem that is easily used by others, becoming a loser in the end. And the poor Cristina is the innocent victim of this nasty game with her initial pure and later broken heart. The game is actually against Howard and she is the tool. The performances of Stacy Edwards, convincing that she is actually deaf, and Aaron Eckhart, with his cynical character, deserved a nomination to the Oscar. The debut of Neil LaBute could not be better. For those who liked this film, I recommend "The Shape of Things" (2003), from the same director. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Na Companhia de Homens" ("In the Company of Men")

Note: On 15 February 2015, I saw this movie again.


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