Exiled to a branch office for six weeks, two white-collar middle managers (Matt Malloy and Aaron Eckhart, in his breakout role) come up with a way to kill time: Find an insecure woman, independently romance her and then simultaneously dump her to squelch her self-esteem. Writer-director Neil LaBute’s powerful, amoral look at office politics and sexual gamesmanship is guaranteed to push buttons with its searing, cruel candor.
I do not classify this movie as a comedy as it is one of the darkest, cruelest things I have ever seen. It is downright nasty but that is the intent. This movie made Aaron Eckhart’s career and he is perfect as Chad who can be both despicable and charismatic at the same time. The only complaint most people have about this film is the cinematography. It was low budget. I am giving it 3 stars.
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