The Shape of Things

Released 2003


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The Shape of Things

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Neil LaBute
The Shape of Things is the provocative 2003 dramedy from celebrated writer-director Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man). Story details the relationship between Adam (Paul Rudd), an ungainly and boring guy who work as a Museum keeper, and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), a rebel and nonconformist girl who studies art and is preparing her doctorate. Viewers are given the impression of how she takes her art rather too seriously. They meet at the Museum where Adam works and soon he gets off with her against all forecast. Since the very first second of their relationship Evelyn tries to change Adam's look and personality (and sure she makes it). She even tries to get him apart from his best-friends Phillip and Jenny (and again she makes it). Adam does it all for what he believes is love, commitment, and sacrifice to please Evelyn. What unfolds in the end is an act of malice, disgust, injustice, and above all else, pure evil. It turns out that on the day of the presentation, she unveils her medium and work of art to be that of Adam. She shows pictures and discusses his physical and emotional transformation to an entire auditorium of students. She callously talks about how she coaxed and seduced him to do her bidding and unwittingly take part in her class project.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Very much in line with his maiden screen efforts "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors"...ends with a satisfying shudder of recognition at the extreme cruelty pos...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Unfortunately, this film is not as convincing as LaBute's first feature ("In the Company of Men"), for it betrays its origins in the theatricality of its dialogue, resulting in an ...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Unfortunately, these actors are subject to Mr. LaBute's usual dramatic method, which is to cobble together a preposterous moral outrage and then wave it in front of our faces, aski...

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Independent, Love & Romance