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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 January 2009 (USA)
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A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.

Director:

John Krasinski

Writers:

John Krasinski (screenplay), David Foster Wallace (story collection)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Nicholson ... Sara Quinn
Ben Shenkman ... Subject #14
Timothy Hutton ... Professor Adams / Subject #30
Michael Cerveris ... Subject #15
Corey Stoll ... Subject #51
Chris Messina ... Subject #19
Max Minghella ... Kevin / Subject #28
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Evan / Subject #28
Will Arnett ... Subject #11
John Krasinski ... Ryan / Subject #20
Will Forte ... Subject #72
Joey Slotnick ... Tad / Subject #59
Clarke Peters ... Subject #31
Dominic Cooper ... Daniel / Subject #46
Benjamin Gibbard ... Harry / Subject #20 (as Ben Gibbard)
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Storyline

A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Don't say you weren't warned... listen in.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breves Diálogos com Homens Horríveis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,510, 27 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,935, 4 October 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During a scene in Professor Adams' office you can see a copy of the David Foster Wallace's most famous work, 'Infinite Jest', sitting on the top of a pile of books in the background See more »

Quotes

Ryan: I'm aware of how all this sounds and can well imagine the judgments you're forming, but if I'm really to explain this to you then I have no choice but to be... candid.
[sighs]
Ryan: Yes, it was a pickup. Plain and simple. And she was what one might call a granola cruncher. A hippy. And she was straight out of Central casting: the sandals, flamboyantly long hair, financial support from parents she reviled, and some professed membership in an apostrophe-heavy Eastern religion that I defy anyone to ...
[...]
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Connections

References Nanook of the North (1922) See more »

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Too artsy and indie to reach the audience
13 September 2010 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

The film is a movie adaptation from a play based on a series of short stories based on interviews with people about their intimate beliefs. As such, it is only expected to understand only half of it, enjoy only a part of the opinions of the people in it and maybe even dislike or be bored by it. When a director mixes the scenes and moves them back and forth in time, making obscure connections and playing with the perspective of the viewer, it only gets even more obscure.

That doesn't mean it wasn't well done. I appreciated both the ideas presented in the film and the ingenious mode in which the movie was montaged. The actors played well and the soundtrack completed the scenes perfectly. What I do mean is that I am sure I only got about 10% of what the makers of the movie wanted to express, and that is clearly a failure of communication.

Maybe other people got other 10 percents and so it was meant to be, or maybe I am not sophisticated enough to get it, yet this is my bottom line: a great story is not so much about the things happening in it, but on how it is told so that both author and reader/watcher understand the same thing and enjoy it together.


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