The Vicious Kind

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Untrusting of women following a bitter breakup on the eve of Thanksgiving, a misanthropic construction worker finds himself inexplicably attracted to his younger brother's new girlfriend. Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott) has just been through a particularly difficult breakup. Isolated, yet strangely contented with his newly single status, Caleb wears his distain toward women as a macho badge of honor. However, when Thanksgiving weekend arrives and Caleb meets his younger brother Peter's (Alex Frost) new girlfriend, Emma (Brittany Snow), his initial attempts to convince his sibling that the relationship will yield nothing but pain are quickly sidelined by his growing attraction to the beautiful girl. His vulnerability gradually bubbling to the surface over the course of the holiday weekend, Caleb is soon forced to confront the feelings that he's been trying so desperately to conceal beneath a swaggering facade. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Adam Scott
as Caleb Sinclaire
Alex Frost
as Peter Sinclaire
Brittany Snow
as Emma Gainsborough
J.K. Simmons
as Donald Sinclaire
Alysia Reiner
as Samantha
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Critic Reviews for The Vicious Kind

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

  • The characters spend far too much time working through their problems with drama-deadening directness.

    Feb 11, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's the sort of Sundance-approved movie that takes place in a stereotypically bleak rural locale, while an acoustic guitar twangs mournfully over the soundtrack.

    Feb 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Indie drama reveals talent in front of and behind the camera.

    Dec 14, 2009
  • Inevitably, the film devolves into weepy catharsis, but with slick cinematography and colorfully cruel dialogue for Scott to chew up and spit at every member of this fine ensemble.

    Dec 14, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The Vicious Kind upends the heavily tread dysfunctional family drama in ways that are unique, surprising and memorable.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Vicious Kind doesn't have much in the way of new corners to offer the domestic disturbance genre, resulting in a film greatly dedicated to misery, but offers no tangible reason why anyone outside of the filmmaker should care.

    Mar 1, 2010 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vicious Kind

  • May 05, 2012
    The greatest thing about "The Vicious Kind" is Adam Scott, who has the all around best portrayal of a misanthrope I have ever seen. His character is cruel, threatening, and a real downer of a person, and to say that Scott nails his role would be an understatement.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    I haven't really seen Adam Scott in anything, but his turn in this dramatic role is indeed vicious but also vulnerable. Caleb's insulting outbursts cut with vitriol, and his blubbery apologies pour with nonsense that he can't quite understand himself. I'm not really sure of the movie's premise - the only way Caleb knows how to protect is brother is by hurting him and that's why he sleeps with his brother's girlfriend...? The motifs of desperate need and succumbing to attraction because of the other person's attraction to you are all interesting, but the ending shows no real aftermath of that behavior.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2011
    This movie is pretty damn good with some strong performances and sharp writing. It's not the best indie movie I've ever seen, but it's still really good and it will hold your attention through its entirety.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2011
    Better scripted than any indie drama or comedy I've seen in a good time. Adam Scott's performance is remarkable and his range as an actor is moving. A movie that's alive and refreshing like 'The Vicious Kind' doesn't get made enough.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer

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