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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Intense look at gender and relationships is best for adults.

Movie NR 2009 80 minutes
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Debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, this film is a respectful adaptation that manages to visually translate the material but doesn't necessarily capture its potency. It was inspired by the late, great David Foster Wallace's story collection, and Wallace's work is hardly an easy read; rendering it onscreen may be tougher still.

That monumental task fell to The Office's John Krasinski, who shepherded the project from concept to fruition (he also acts in it). Kudos to him for not completely botching the job -- and for instilling some structure on which to hang Wallace's stories. He also assembles one of the most talented group of actors -- in addition to the list above, the cast includes Will Arnett, Josh Charles, Frankie Faison, and Bobby Cannavale -- we've seen in a while. But, in the end, the audience hardly arrives at a coherent understanding of men. The interviews are all too brief and the epiphanies unsurprising.

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