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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 100
    LaBute's "Your Friends and Neighbors'' is to "In the Company of Men'' as Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction'' was to "Reservoir Dogs.'' In both cases, the second film reveals the full scope of the talent, and the director, given greater resources, paints what he earlier sketched.
  2. Bleak, scathing, and utterly compelling.
  3. 88
    LaBute achieves a bracing originality by observing human folly as a means to understand rather than condemn. Love or hate his films, LaBute is one of the most challenging filmmakers to emerge in years.
  4. The acting and writing is a cut above the ordinary.
  5. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    Like Mamet, LaBute's approach is precise, stylized and detached, and he also follows Mamet the director in positioning his characters close to the camera, as if they were addressing the audience directly, without much depth of field -- or air to breathe.
  6. The cast is OK, and LaBute still has an eye, but the uses they're put to seem contrived and arty.
  7. This is an embarrassing film. It's a sex comedy that sets itself up as a satire of middle-class mores, except there's no truth behind any of its observations. LaBute tries to be shocking and manages only to be shockingly puerile -- tasteless in a high-school-boyish sort of way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    May 25, 2007
    7
    "Your Friends and Neighbors" is "Husbands and Wives" with gay husbands and lesbian wives. Conditioned over the years by countless films that depict heterosexual relationships, an alternative sexual orientation makes us aware that we unintentionally efface the possibility of latent homosexuality in seemingly straight people. When Terri(Catherine Keener) weeps over her husband's infidelity, it may strike a false note for many viewers(including me) because in most films, the woman is crying over her cheatin' man. Even though Terri is having an affair with Cheri(Nastassja Kinski), an art assistant she met at a museum, we still hold on to our orthodox preconceptions about ideal love(as it's presented in the movies; the love between a man and a woman), and that Terri does has some hidden resevoir of feelings for Jerry(Ben Stiller), a man we thought she abhorred. But late in "Your Friends and Neighbors", Terri tells Jerry(who slept with his best friend's wife) that her affair is more honorable because she "...had the decency to f***** outside their social circle." She seems to be obliquely making reference to Mary(Amy Brenneman), who oddly enough, is the one person who never meets Terri's girlfriend. Terri was probably crying over an unrequited love for Mary. She and her husband have the same taste in women. Collapse

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