Jojo Whilden
Owen Gleiberman
September 23, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
72 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/25/09
performer
Julianne Nicholson, Ben Shenkman, Dominic Cooper, Timothy Hutton, John Krasinski
director
John Krasinski
author
John Krasinski
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

David Foster Wallace’s 1999 short-story collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Men has been turned — by writer-director John Krasinski (The Office) — into a blunt, scrappy, intermittently perceptive drama. It’s a series of toxic-pill relationship vignettes broken up by interviews with the male characters, most of whom prove, beneath their ”enlightened” liberal-humanist facades, to be lying, lecherous, brutally self-justifying…men. ? At times, the movie could have been called Me and You and ? Every One of the Bastards We Know, but Krasinski preserves Wallace’s whooshing roller coasters of words, powered by the fuel of confession. B-

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