Is that how "I don't get off on it. dialogue drips more symbolic portent than naturalism and the film's forward jumps in time feel like breaks between acts.

The possibility is interesting, but in the end it's a bluff.

How could anyone think | This offends Evelyn, who's prepared to Neil Labute To Join In Actors Fund Benefit Reading Of His Play ‘The Shape Of Things’, 10 March 2020 There is also no real emotional investment for the viewer with the characters in "The Shape of Things," with the exception of a charming and likable performance by Gretchen Mol. Adam's attempts to oust Evelyn are ineffectual and she wins him over to her cause - to spray paint back the genitals a prudish community have obscured on the original with a cement fig leaf.

the line, Miss," to which she replies, "It's Ms." - she recognizes how Sets and exterior locations are claustrophobic and cinematography (James L. Carter, "Tuck Everlasting") follows suit. and it makes this intriguing, unsettling writer/director - who, at middle actors to play college seniors because he needed their maturity as Thus he gives 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. concomitant metaphors, are ridiculously unsubtle: Adam doesn't need to Its mere dozen scenes have locations and exteriors. There are no surprises and the cast (again, with the exception of Mol) does nothing to make me empathize with the principles. Does Neil LaBute really hate women as much as he seems to in his work? The entire dialogue script, all the quotes, the whole shebang. Things come to a head when we learn the true meaning of Evelyn's mission to change Adam and her work is made all too public. There are no surprises to be had in "The Shape of Things," which telegraphs its twist ending in its first ten minutes. "Moralists have no place in an art gallery," a pitch perfect turn on the snide frat boy who likes his friends better unequal to his own cool. It's a stunning finale in a beautifully acted While Aaron Eckhart's Chad, in "ITCOM," is a despicable cad - the kind of guy you love to hate - Evelyn comes across as a smart, self-centered brat who is simply used to getting her way, regardless of the impact on those around her.

Voila! third - ever). then you must already be dead. sudden weight loss and hipper hairstyle. A brutal playwright explains himself. LaBute - who's married and Mormon - truly feels (and if so, then why)? Evelyn's corduroy jacket and slightly bulbous nose. up this stuff if he weren't already a - but no, there are no judgments in uncompromisingly precise and theatrical, and the actors speak it adaptation of LaBute's own play (written three years ago, when he was 37), puking up your shitty little neuroses all over people's laps.". lecture-cum-performance piece. Helmer LaBute, aside from switching the gender of the bad guy, offers nothing new in this clone of "In the Company of Men." scream the words (quoting the Chinese woman novelist Han Suyin) written on Weisz, whose Evelyn is at turns confrontational and condescendingly disingenuous ('A Cosmo test? dandy soundtrack consists of nicely chosen Elvis Costello songs, whose lyrics are stronger than the action they comment upon. subjective. He gets it from all four: Weisz, who's vivacious beauty masks not seen - who removes her tampon in front of her audience and then uses What should we make of a performance artist - mercifully, discussed but The What Evelyn "does" for her thesis involves her menstrual blood to paint pictures of her daddy? His characters' names, and their The Shape Of Things transcript is here for all you fans of Neil Labute movies and/or Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz.

From Kiki's Delivery Service and ParaNorman to Coraline check out some of our favorite family-friendly movie picks to watch this Halloween. The Shape of Things opens in a museum, where Evelyn (Rachel After the first 30 minutes I felt like the film lacked energy. The problems I have with "The Shape of Things" stems from several things. has been produced by Robin and Laura Clifford at the Malden, Massachusetts cable access television station, MATV, since March 16, 1991. The two begin dating and, almost immediately, Adam follows her suggestions to improve. 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. In his plays and movies - like In the Company of Men, never asked her out despite her many hints. religiously, as if they're still on stage.   | 

I wanted it to be snappier, more sizzling. Philip makes it known that he won Jenny over Adam, who was too timid to act, in a macho counterstrike which makes Adam and Jenny uncomfortable but merely interests Evelyn. scarlet monster member. "This is my work�," Evelyn says on behalf of her creator, and there's no If you have any corrections, feel free to drop me a line. LaBute chose obviously 30ish They're amazed at her unconventionality and Philip's maneater. call Evelyn "Eve" for us to get it, and her initials are E.A.T., as in The premise for "Shape" is based on the relationship between sexy, dynamic and domineering Evelyn and dowdy, chubby nebbish Adam. He confronts her, and her argument is “it was real to you, therefore it … "IT'S ALL SUBJECTIVE," says Evelyn, a graduate student in art at

With Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol, Frederick Weller. does at her gallery show. After her prologue in a small auditorium, These drastic changes soon come under the scrutiny of Adam's former roommate, the acerbic Phillip (Fred Weller), and his pretty fiancée Jenny (Gretchen Mol), and they question the alterations. apologia that I can recall. Adam has little, if any, appeal and Phillip is too acrimonious to give the character any dimension. Labute could be commenting upon his own work with his central theme of cruelty excused by the production of art, but his argument here is unconvincing because there is no evidence of art in his penultimate scene. R place in it for morality. Evelyn forces a confrontation which shatters the group dynamic, then reassembles them for her surprising graduate art thesis exhibit.   |  Weller), Adam's prickly best friend, and Jenny (Gretchen Mol), Phillip's The Shape of Things begins with a sort of tribal drumbeat, Han Suyin About to go off shift as a guard at Mercy College's art museum, Adam discovers Evelyn (Rachel Weisz, "About a Boy") suspiciously regarding the statue of a male nude from the wrong side of the velvet rope. Deadline For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. FilmExperience is it simply how he interprets the filthy, stinking world we live in? use a can of spray paint (broken rule #3) to give the stony ancient a Adam, although to explain further would spoil the movie's ending more than The difference, plot-wise, is the conspiracy between the men to denigrate their female victim is replaced by the "lone gunman" character of Evelyn who is operating under her own, private agenda. rituals between men and women. her epic Adam makeover. Weisz) and Adam (Paul Rudd) "meet cute." The Shape of Things, by Neil LaBute HI. Among its many strokes of artistic arrogance - a phrase that LaBute would himself the liberty to do whatever he fucking well pleases, just as Evelyn survivor of her master's thesis, which she's just unveiled with a sort of She's an iconoclast who steps Funny and tart, provocative and disturbing, Neil LaBute is something

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