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The Shape of Things (2003)

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A quiet, unassuming man begins to change in a major way as a result of meeting a new, art-student girlfriend, and his friends are unsettled by the transformation.

Director:

Neil LaBute

Writers:

Neil LaBute (play), Neil LaBute (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gretchen Mol ... Jenny
Paul Rudd ... Adam Sorenson
Rachel Weisz ... Evelyn Ann Thompson
Frederick Weller ... Phillip
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Storyline

While visiting an art museum, a nerdy college student named Adam meets an iconoclastic artist named Evelyn and is instantly smitten. As their relationship develops, she gradually encourages Adam to change in various ways that surprise his older friends, Jenny and Philip. However, as events progress, Evelyn's antics become darker and darker as her influence begins to twist Adam and his friends in hurtful ways. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Seduction Is An Art

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Forma das coisas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$173,246, 11 May 2003

Gross USA:

$735,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$826,617
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original New York stage production of this play, Frederick Weller was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance. See more »

Goofs

In the park scene where Adam and Jenny kiss, Adam's nose looks normal, but at this point he hasn't had the surgery yet. The surgery happens in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn: I think everyone should see themselves doing it and their friends should see it too.
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Connections

Referenced in American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Riot Act
Written by Elvis Costello
Performed by Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Courtesy of Demon Music Group, Ltd., by Elvis Costello
By Arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Co. and Warner Special Products
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Surprisingly surprising
4 September 2005 | by gtodmonSee all my reviews

This film was absolutely not what I expected it to be. In the first half an hour, I even got a little bored, because it seemed like the story was going nowhere. Fortunately, I got my happy ending - no, not at all a film with a happy ending, just an ending that makes the film precious! It really makes you stare at the black screen, with the cast moving in front, and think about what you've seen over and over again. Of course, the brilliant play of Rachel Weisz cannot be left unmentioned, but I think that the others did a great job as well. "The Shape of things" is a film with actually just four actors and one great idea, and trust me, it is worth seeing. I am just wondering how would I feel the second time I watch it!


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