Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

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Released 2009

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Director:
John Krasinski
Released:
2009
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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is a 2009 dark comedy directed by John Krasinski. Based on the writings of novelist David Foster Wallace, the film follows Sara Quinn (Julianna Nicholson), an earnest graduate student who is determined to get to the bottom of the male mind. Her plan is to interview a series of anonymous men, known simply as "Subjects." Since she recently broke up and is suffering emotionally from her failed relationship, Sara finds herself having a personal reaction to the interviews. Subject #14 (Ben Shenkman) has decided that women are to blame for everything that goes wrong in his life. Subject #30 (Timothy Hutton) is in a seemingly happy relationship, but might hide some ugly secrets about his attitude toward his wife. Subject #42 (Frankie Faison) still struggles to understand his father's actions and his own masculinity. Sara tries to piece together the insights offered during these brief interviews and understand what makes men behave the way they do.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    The film is intelligent, well crafted and often funny, but it may not sufficiently reward even the brief time it asks one to spend with such hideous men.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Compacted into an 80-minute mishmash of interviews, confessions and sketches, melded into a shaky mosaic, the answers from a cross section of men are shallow, self-serving and ulti...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    It's a very academic movie about academics that belongs in academia, not movie theaters.

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    Will Arnett

    Will Arnett

    Subject number 11

    Michael Cerveris

    Michael Cerveris

    Subject number 15

    Ben Shenkman

    Ben Shenkman

    Subject number 14

    Will Forte

    Will Forte

    Subject number 72

    Timothy Hutton

    Timothy Hutton

    Professor Adams and Subject number 30

    Lucy Gordon

    Lucy Gordon

    Hitchhiker

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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Independent, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy