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The Shape of Things

2006-03-30 12:23

A contemporary story of love, sex, and art set in a college town, The Shape of Things follows the steadily intensifying relationship between Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) and Adam (Paul Rudd).

As Evelyn strengthens her hold on Adam, his emotional and physical evolution discomforts his friends Jenny (Gretchen Mol) and Philip (Frederick Weller), with unexpected consequences for all.

By turns hopeful and harsh, the quartet of college-age characters deals with the conflicting human desires for autonomy and connection, truth and love, and the notion that seduction is an art.

What the critics are saying:

"This adaptation of LaBute's 2001 play provides a queasy investigation of male-female relations that ends with a satisfying shudder of recognition at the extreme cruelty possible within human relationships, particularly those conceived by Neil LaBute."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety

"The Shape of Things is imperfect, but the flaws don't detract much from what is a singularly effective, grim perspective of contemporary romance."
- James Berardinelli, Reelviews

"Brutal, sexy and astonishingly acted, The Shape Of Things is a piteously well-observed exploration of depthless desire and compromised characters; scouring the surface of things to reveal our reflection. Superb."
- Nev Pierce, BBC Films

The enigmatic Neil LaBute brings us yet another of his excoriating examinations of the folly and cruelty inherent in human relationships.

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