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In the Company of Men

1997
Comedy
Drama
1h 37m
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Avg Percentile 61.86% from 657 total ratings

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Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
66th
Cruel and often difficult to stomach, but very sharp and darkly comic. Eckhart is fantastic as the amoral and pitiless Chad.
Rated 29 Jun 2020
100
97th
This film should be mandatory screening for anyone who thinks of themselves as an incel or a Men's Right Advocate. Because here you witness the downfall of a man who aligns himself with toxic masculinity by being exploited by someone who revels in dehumanization. LaBute's adaptation of his own stage play is simple, but genius--drawing obvious comparisons to Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. And like that flick, this one gets its mileage by being simultaneously evil & quotable. An overlooked classic.
Rated 11 Nov 2008
78
81st
WOW. I don't want to spoil this movie, but I was both surprised and impressed by the direction it took, and the way it turned out. There's a couple slow spots, and conceptually the whole thing is a bit awful, but it's also almost impossible to look away. Aaron Eckhart is fantastic here, and his character is one of the most weirdly terrible characters I've seen. The way he fools not just the characters, but the audience as well is begrudgingly impressive. Worth seeing, and hard to shake.
Rated 01 Dec 2009
70
53rd
This is a film that relies on the character of Chad's depravity, and Eckhart absolutely delivers: Chad is the sleaziest, most vile, unpredictable, and megalomaniacal piece of shit this side of West Hollywood, and I was riveted by the constant malaise the film put forth. Though the pacing lags and the visuals are uninspired, the social fucked-up-ness and performances are winners.
Rated 18 Apr 2009
8
82nd
Another LaBute movie with a fucked up ending. Aaron Eckhart plays one of the most brutal, cruel characters I've ever seen and completely dominates the role. I was surprised at the way it shifted at the end and feel a bit sick to my stomach at the moment.
Rated 06 Jan 2008
60
54th
The ending totally makes this movie.
Rated 12 Jan 2009
95
96th
A very well told story showing just how cruel people can be to each other.
Rated 10 May 2009
5
81st
Aaron Eckhart is just so damn talented.
Rated 16 Aug 2009
93
98th
Takes a close look at the casual cruelty of normal people. The final scene is memorable.
Rated 15 Dec 2010
70
63rd
I see all love for the ending here; however, apart from the closing scene, which I thought was great, I thought the whole exchange between Howard and Chad in Chad's apartment (and its "big reveal") was totally superfluous. In general I think the film could have been cut by at least a half hour. That said, I do think the script is very good, and Eckhart is outstanding. Also while I like the film this Salon review has some decent points: http://www.salon.com/aug97/entertainment/company970801.html
Rated 05 Sep 2011
87
86th
Played out like a magic trick, but replacing cards and hidden rabbits with love and foolery. The characters and their motivations and their revelations are like nothing I've ever seen or heard. It's horrible, but brilliantly snide and cynical. Utterly ruthless - go at it with tough skin.
Rated 16 Jan 2015
69
23rd
The two leads are awful people and while the woman is sympathetic, some of her actions are not beyond reproach either, though they are mitigated by our knowledge. There's certainly something interesting about the film's setup and perspective and I appreciate that, but at the same time it falls flat. The film lives in an untenable dead zone where it's too scripted to feel organic, as it seems to try to be, but not cohesive or polished enough to be effective as something else.
Rated 07 Aug 2013
85
59th
A movie about bad people doing bad things. A very harrowing experience. Aaron Eckhart is so damn good in this.
Rated 24 May 2018
74
74th
Aaron Eckhart goes "total cunt" and colour me convinced.
Rated 26 Feb 2009
6
70th
A dark, fascinating, awkward, and brutal film. Aaron Eckhart dominates it completely as the sociopathic misogynist Chad.
Rated 30 Aug 2013
80
55th
Solid. Good acting and writing plus an original and evil premise (a rarity) makes this one very enjoyable.
Rated 06 Feb 2011
85
85th
Chose the company and the boss you want to work for and think twice.
Rated 18 May 2014
50
37th
It's very interesting what you can do in a low budget, this movie manages to keep your attention and Aaron Eckhart shows what a great actor he is. But this movie felt cold, the characters didn't feel very connected and the dating scenes where very awkward, maybe that was the intention, but I didn't care for it.
Rated 13 Jun 2010
80
67th
Labute s best movie..this movie is cold and very cruel...but its also so true and you see it everyday in life...a good movie
Rated 14 Jan 2012
82
81st
Aaron Eckhart in probably the performance of his career (for better or worse). Shows you the dark side of people, and it's honestly pretty uncomfortable at a few different points. The ending still sticks with me today (and that I love it probably speaks poorly of me). The only real negative is that the movie definitely shows it's low budget and inexperience of it's rookie director at times. In all, if you're up for a harrowing movie experience, watch this.
Rated 24 Sep 2012
74
69th
Eckhart portrays such an asshole, you just want to punch him in the face. It's worth a watch, it's very cruel and you want to see how it unravels. Good ending
Rated 27 Dec 2011
88
94th
You certainly can not get much darker then this black comedy. The script is excellent and Aaron Eckhart gives an outstanding performance in the film. Matt Malloy and Stacy Edwards are also really good here.
Rated 17 Nov 2012
81
74th
There's an atmosphere of The Graduate in this admittedly intriguing work of misanthropy and cynicism. That said, this was an autopsy instead of a movie. It doesn't scrutinize people, but piles of organs working in their own fatalistic ways. I do appreciate its boldness, but I can't say I actually enjoyed or learned anything from it.
Rated 18 Oct 2018
71
74th
while Chad is truly terrible, Howard is in my opinion just as bad. the film shows how racism, misogyny and ableism all come together, even how they can be exploited for advancement in corporate culture. this is maybe my fourth time watching it and this time i think there's actually really nothing funny about this film at all.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
70
57th
Painful... very painful... but it certainly captured my attention.
Rated 04 Apr 2011
67
62nd
Incredibly ballsy piece of work, sadly lacking any real cinematic heft. I mean, there's inobtrusiveness, naturalism, lack of craftmanship and then there's just not giving a fuck and this looks just a little bit too much like the latter. Which is too bad, since it could have gained minor classic status on nastiness alone if LaBute was as good a director as he was a screenwriter.
Rated 16 Nov 2010
10
52nd
A slow, dialog centric film (even slow for a dialog driven film) but with a powerful and wrenching conclusion. Plus some really great acting!
Rated 17 Jun 2008
10
99th
I can't shake this film. Chad is one of the most bizarrely evil characters I have ever seen.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
70
63rd
Mean, but well written and acted
Rated 09 Sep 2023
80
62nd
A supremely well-executed sick joke by LaBute: more fascinating than it is anything approaching traditional “entertainment” – riffs on human nature while no one here reacts in an emotionally believable way means we’re almost in THE KING OF COMEDY tradition in deliberately depriving the audience of a punchline to release the tension. “We laugh so that we don’t cry” with the laugh withheld, making this ugly film difficult to watch, despite the superb performances from the leading trio.
Rated 30 Jun 2010
79
89th
A brutal way of making the point that good guys finish last.
Rated 30 Mar 2012
75
53rd
Black comedy set in the corporate dog-eat-dog world, where you may be as likely to cringe as you are to laugh. The most interesting part of it may well be the study of Eckhart's scummy, manipulative, and entirely sociopathic character. Great writing, with a memorable and unpredictable ending that may infuriate as much as it may please. I love it, but I can understand those who may not want to indulge in the cruel antics of the two pro/antagonists.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
63rd
Score based on distant memory.
Rated 31 Oct 2018
70
34th
That was really painful to watch. It uses our deeply ingrained misandry and misogyny to provoke the audience.
Rated 24 Nov 2021
55
15th
Ilikeher+makesemployeeshowhisdicklool+jealousonereveals/abuses+biggestassholedumpingLOL
Rated 18 Nov 2010
17
15th
One amazing line, a few good moments.
Rated 10 Nov 2013
70
46th
Top badass moment? That's a tough question. This is a film full of ambitious but somewhat inadequate middle managers, who wouldn't know a badass moment if they sat on the toilet for a week with one. It's a movie without a single, redeeming act of kindness or heroics in it, so for the first time in many months I have to admit defeat and accept my failure to identify one. Sorry. :-( No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 28 Mar 2012
90
95th
Women will fall for the charming sociopath over the pandering nice-guy schlub every time (obviously it helps that the sociopath Eckhart is the good-looking one). An unflinching look at true female nature.
Rated 18 May 2009
99
90th
This movie and Thank you for smoking get top marks
Rated 16 Nov 2008
78
40th
Stick to plays Labute. Funny and great but would have been a better play than movie.
Rated 19 Jul 2019
54
43rd
wow, that was dark. Eckhart does a phenomenal job of playing a total jerk, but the slow dialogue, no-action nature of the movie was not overly entertaining to me.
Rated 30 Mar 2009
64
20th
Much more disturbing than anything violent. No where near as sharp, insightful, and satiating as Roger Dodger.

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