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LaBute returns to his earlier themes of cruelty in relationships, and the results hit hard. Read critic reviews

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"The Shape of Things," a contemporary story of love and art set in a college town, 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.

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  • Apr 02, 2012
    "The Shape of Things" speaks volumes about human character, but in the process of doing so, it skips out on some of the more important aspects, like an engaging story and worthwhile characters. LaBute's message hits harder than his previous ventures, but it lacks the entertainment value. That being said, I have never seen a more gut-wrenching and depressing climax in any film. Almost made me feel sick to my stomach.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2011
    Neil LaBute completes a trilogy (unofficial, of course) of films about how men and women act and treat each other. "The Shape of Things" (adapted from his stage play like his other two features, the memorable "In the Company of Men" and the dicey "Your Friends & Neighbors") is another scathing and insightful look into relationships. While you will never meet anyone like the people in this or his other films, you will recognize bits and pieces of everyone in each. The dialogue is complex and full and the performances are committed and juicy. "The Shape of Things" marks the last good film LaBute has made (for whatever reason he moves on to goofy Hollywood thrillers like "The Wicker Man" and "Lakeview Terrace" and the embarrassing "Death at a Funeral" remake- one would think those films were from a totally different human all together; my bet is he became a drug addict because no one looses such talent so quickly) but this wonderful, tricky and rewarding series of films is well worth your serious time and attention. I think "The Shape of Things" is the easiest to digest, but when taken as a whole, you will never forget any of them.
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2009
    Actually watched this during my Theater class wasn't bad but it wasn't good either, it kinda lies somewhere in between slightly humorous and what the Hell?!!!
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2009
    This movie is slow moving and irritating at times but if you keep watching, you'll find the one thing that makes it worth it. Rachel Weisz. She is the only remotely interesting character - sorry Paul Rudd but this is the first time I found you annoying. If I had been able to buy the two of them as a couple, it would have been a more powerful climax.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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