In the Company of Men
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Two frustrated young executives vent their pent-up rage via a childish prank and end up paying a price in this psychological black comedy, the feature-film debut of writer-director Neil LaBute. Former college buddies Chad (Aaron Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy) are in their early 30s and work in the same company. One day the two encounter each other in the men's executive washroom and begin expressing their mutual frustration regarding their lack of rapid advancement at work and their most recent bad luck with women. In hopes of gaining revenge against the fairer sex and bolstering their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A dazzling, repellent exercise in which the case against men is closed before it's opened."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Cruel, cool and pleasingly provocative."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A bitterly promising screenwriting-directing debut from playwright Neil LaBute."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I don't what finding humor in the most unsavory of situations says about me, but in terms of LaBute, it means that a first-class filmmaker has arrived on the scene."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Brilliant black comedy - razor sharp, unapologetic stuff."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"LaBute, a playwright and former drama teacher, has succeeded in creating a study of banal, everyday evil."
‑ Jeff Giles, Newsweek
"Prepare for the conversation to grow heated."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A highlight of the 97 Sundance Film Fest, LaBute's astonishing debut is a dark, probing, vastly entertaining satire about misogyny and sexual politics in the work as well as personal arena; LaBute is a major dialoguist to watch"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Eerily unflinching film that features three first-rate performances."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A no-holds-barred performance by Eckhart. You really want to kill this guy by the time the closing credits roll."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"A dark, probing, truly disturbing exploration of yuppie angst and male anxieties as they manifest themselves in both the work and personal arenas."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The kind of bold, uncompromising film that insists on being thought about afterward -- talked about, argued about, hated if necessary, but not ignored."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A compelling, but not likable, film."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"What we also have here, in other words, is a movie in which next to nothing happens. See it only if you are having trouble sleeping."
‑ Leonard Schwarz, Palo Alto Weekly
"It's the kind of film that really makes you think and turns you upside down."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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