Monday, December 12, 2011

The Queue Continuum: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

An adaptation of a collection of David Foster Wallace short stories by the same name, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men marks John Krasinski's first foray into the realm of feature-length screenwriting and directing. Staying true to its title, this is a film in which the men on display are often pretty terrible. 

Starring Julianne Nicholson, who some may notice from her stints on Boardwalk Empire* and Law & Order: Criminal Intent or films Tully and Kinsey, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men consists of interviews that are the product of her character's (Sara Quinn) graduate study trying to find the truth about men. Through the course of her research, she finds the slimy underbelly of most of these men. The disgust that is often reflexive upon hearing the confessions of these men is often off-set by their eventual revelations of fears and insecurities, but the fact remains that these are not stand-up dudes. 

*More on that, hopefully tomorrow.

There stories, at least initially, are repulsive. The pictures of men painted here are not flattering. While that doesn't necessarily eliminate the film from enjoyability, it does rule it out as being a film that the common man is going to want to see. 

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men has its audience. Structurally, it is interesting, and the innate curiosity regarding her motivation for the study is compelling for the film's duration of 80 minutes. Ultimately, I don't know that this film is worth your time, and I certainly wouldn't want to be the person that urged you to watch it. I didn't mind it, but I certainly wasn't in love with the film and have little desire to see it again. Perhaps it gets to the core of what makes men tick. I guess I'll leave that determination up to you.

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