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Your Friends & Neighbors [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Amy Brenneman , Aaron Eckhart , Neil LaBute    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Ben Stiller, Nastassja Kinski, Catherine Keener
  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Writers: Neil LaBute
  • Producers: Jason Patric, Alix Madigan, Philip Steuer, Stephen Pevner, Steve Golin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Polygram USA Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305461236
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,511 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In the age of ever-increasing crassness on screen (see the Farrelly brothers' comedies), there are some filmmakers who can make serious commentary instead of just throwaway gags. Neil LaBute's second feature is a corkscrew comedy of savage, bitter people who can't find happiness in many a thing, let alone sex. The film is not as tight or commanding as his first feature, the black-hearted In the Company of Men, but he gives six nameless characters six juicy parts with plenty to talk about. The emotional punch is devastating for those trying to find love and happiness on celluloid. One wife and husband (Amy Brenneman, Men's Aaron Eckhart) are nice people, living in a dream home, who can't connect sexually. Drama teacher Ben Stiller and live-in girlfriend Catherine Keener may just work out if, well, he didn't talk all the time. Stiller confesses his love for best friend Eckhart's wife; Keener starts an affair with artist assistant Nastassja Kinski. Then there's Jason Patric (who also produced) as a calculating, misogynistic doctor who has not had a peer on film or theater since David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago (which took a different film form as About Last Night...). Manipulative and forward, he's the white-hot core to LaBute's fire and has the monologue of the year to boot. LaBute's callous films aren't for everybody, but there is an art and clear-headedness to his work that most American independent filmmakers can't create on screen. Note: the six characters speak the only lines in the film, although through careful editing it never seems this way. --Doug Thomas

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rewarding satire 11 Mar 2003
By simon gurney HALL OF FAME
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Your Friends and Neighbours is a real joy to watch, a constantly revolving series of dialogues and interactions, it is almost 100% character and dialogue driven.
Each performance is excellent which is not such a suprise seeing the cast, Jason Patric excels, and perhaps because his character is the most selfish and egotistical he comes accross as the most honest, his best moment is something of an eye popper.
The hollow nature of modern realtionships is savagely exposed in this well observed, darkly funny and superbly acted film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Typical Labute. The precarious friendships of three middle-class 30 something American men are sliced open to reveal the wafer thin basis of their relationships with their wives and lovers, their farcical attachments to one another, and their own hollow, disatisfied lives.
Great performances abound from the excellent ensemble of entirely credible actors involved. Jason Patric especially is great fun in portraying the sort of misogynist, narcissistic psycopath that Christian Bale could only guess at in American Psycho. Ben Stiller and Nastasia Kinski are also very good, with the Kinski showing again what an excellent, self-deprecating actor she can be when given the right opportunity.
The film itself is pefectly paced, and whilst some viewers may feel let down by the lack of an all encompasing neatly packaged denouement, that's not what Labute is about. His America, whilst avoiding the florid imagery of David Lynch, employs the same acidic examaning style, which recognises that magnifying glasses can not only reveal, but burn.
I thouroghly recommend this film if you like to see good actors, an excellent, wicked script and sure-footed direction of the highest order.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Neil Labute's output has become less distinctive in recent years, made up of remakes of brit flicks Death at a Funeral and The Wicker Man and adaptations of other people's material in Possession and Lakeview Terrace. Adapting his own plays for the screen, however, as with In The Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbours and The Shape of Things, he is one of the most singular and arresting voices of the American independent scene.

Your Friends and Neighbours bares all the hallmark Labute characteristics that mark him out as the successor to his hero David Mamet: dialogue so sharp it will have your eye out, profanity to spare and excoriating sexual and emotional bluntness and cruelty. I could not disagree more with the comment that the film is 'unrealistic', the situations and script have an unparalleled level of what I would describe as heightened naturalism. The direction, (the film is shot in static and fixed manner, with long, clean pans from left to right to follow the action) will feel too stagey perhaps to some, but it's another factor in giving Labute's films a completely unique feel.

The plot focuses on the overlapping romantic and sexual entanglements of six friends and acquaintances; a married couple played by Aaron Eckhart and Amy Brenneman; a live in couple played by Catherine Keener and Ben Stiller; Nastassja Kinski as an artist's assistant and alternative romantic interest to Keener's character; and in the film's stand out performance Jason Patric as a ferociously misogynist, borderline sociopath. Compelled to seek out alternative partners and outlets by the clashes in their sexualities, the film is brutal study in the damage they visit on upon themselves and others as they attempt to cope.
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