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It's good, but should it have been a play rather than a film?
In the last three years or so we have had three memorable nights of theatre at the Almeida in London in the capable hands of Neil La Bute: Bash, The Distance From Here and especially The Shape of Things. We were very much looking forward to this film.
No surprise, then, that Your Friends and Neighbors (sic) has horrible people, sexual violence, nihilism and a fine, well-chosen cast.
The IMDB jury seems split on whether this is a fine film or a dreadful film; on balance in my view it is a fine film. However, there is little filmic about it and one wonders whether it should have been a play rather than a film.
Of course there's no money in theatre and Neil La Bute has to pay the gas bill sometimes, but I'm not sure this piece is as strong on film as it could be on stage. In that regard, it reminds me of Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago / About Last Night - except I really didn't like that film whereas Your Friends and Neighbors kept our attention throughout and got us talking at length afterwards.
We thought it was well worth seeing.
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