- Aug 25, 2001
- Reaction score
Neil LaBute made an impact on the film world by being an edgelord who "dared" to put women and the disabled in their place, i.e. under white men like him. I always saw his films as the most awful, smugger than smug, entitled bullshit, so imagine my delight when he remade The Wicker Man as a "beat up women"-fest and it was lambasted as one of the worst films of all time. Now nobody takes him seriously. What goes around comes around.Neil Labukes's film In The Company Of Men was extremely controversial when it was released in '97, cinemas that showed it were picketed by feminists in New York. The story follows two male work colleagues who are angry about women in the workplace, one of them (Arron Ekhart) is an especially nasty piece of work who devises a plan for them to both date the same woman without letting her know to test how honest she is before they are to both finally cruelly dump her .. just because they can for a power trip.
This film was described as a 'black comedy' when it was released although I'd describe it as a social horror, things get out of control for the three of them with some mind blowing twists in the story. Watch this one with caution, you won't come away smiling from watching it, it's a study of cruelty although it is brilliantly made.