Friends And Neighbors
Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener,
Nastassja Kinski, Jason Patric, and Ben
BY: Neil LaBute
Friends & Neighbors could have been called Your Fiends
& Backstabbers, the characters are so unlikable and viscous.
Written (and directed) by clever dialog prince Neil LaBute, this
one is going to make you look at people around you a little closer...
film is sheer brilliance and impeccably performed by some of our
finest.YFAN is delightfully unique from the get-go. Bitter
city folks galore, clever writing and an ensemble cast of America's
up and comers make it a flick you really should make a point of
seeing. Not all will enjoy it- it's rough around the edges.
I warn you, there's not a studly-do- rights to be seen. Ben Stiller
is as close as we get to a stud muffin, well, a day old supermarket
croissant that i s- 'nuff said? Ben's just too creepy to be jumpable.
He's got that perpetual about-to-morph-into a-werewolf look .
He is a great actor/comic though, no matter how hirsute. His short
lived show on Fox, still has me pulling over giggling at remembered
various scenes! Find copies on Ebay -trust me.
characters hit very close to home-and on each other. Theres
the quintessential Mr. Sports-Creep-Woman-Hater-Macho-Gynecologist
(Jason Patric) who drop kicks a plastic fetus. Sick man. He is
every single chicks nightmareseems good-looking and
suave bolla on the outside then wham! Hes a psycho with
theres the Ms. I-Cant-Say-Fuck But-Ill-Cheat-On-My-Husband
Anyway-Cause-Im-a-Raging- Hypocrite (Amy Brenneman) followed
by Mr. No-one-Can-Do-Me-Like-I-Can-Do-Myself (Aaron Eckhart, who
incidentally po-po-porked out Since his last woman-hating movie,
In the Company of Vermin...er, Men another director
Labute great) And of course, Ms. Is She-A-Dyke-or-Isnt-She?
Played by the fantastic, as always, Catherine Keener. Keener is
infamous in the "indie" world yet never quite a mainstream
being. Pitty. She's of our finest working actresses- see anything
with her and you'll be happy. Her face will be immediately familiar.
She picks her work carefully I imagine, 'cause I can't remember
seeing anything that isn't, at least, interesting with her name
goes.. we hang out and watch several couples who claim to be friends
discuss and work through their relationships.
Kinski is fabulous. She never seems to age. Hey, wasnt her
dad Nosferatu? Hmmmm.
script and scenes are very real. Its a great story of whos
sleeping with who and who can actually get it up to sleep with
whom. This LaBute guy directs a great ensemble of young actors,
I can't wait to see more ofah, perhaps with a tad more clothes
a PBS documentary on modern relationships on acid. Enjoy.
Do not consume food products before this flick the declothed
cast will have you hurling! This is no Ralph Fiennes Nude at
the Beach Dayknow what I mean? At one point Ben is prancing
around in his Calvins and shows his breeding. He should use some
of the money thats pouring in from Something About Mary
for breast liposuction before he needs
"The Manzere." Poor guy.
RECOMMENDATION: None. Due to the explicit grossness of the
often declothed cast.