Director: Neil Labute
In a pre-credit sequence, a hunky young stud, Gary (Jason Patric), sweating from exercise hisses dramatically, "I think you're a great lay." As it transpires, he is dictating the line into a tape recorder, rehearsing it to be used on a number of different women. As just one example of the narcissism and cynicism reflected by the principal cast of Your Friends and Neighbours, this moment perfectly captures the inherent voyeurism and cruelty of the film. The many interactions between the characters are sharply observed and imbued with dark humour but, unlike Woody Allen for example, LaBute has little affection tor his creations and he remorselessly mocks their pretensions and shallow nature.
LaBute's ensemble includes Ben Stiller as Jerry, a man compelled to provide his own hilarious narration aloud during sex, and Nastassja Kinski as a vampy home-wrecker who steals away Jerry's wife. In a series of episodes the half dozen characters are cuckolded, mocked, deceived and humiliated—all to the audience's immense delight. A provocative examination of the lies that bind.
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