Deadening, unsatisfying comedy about a cheerful Kansas housewife (Renée Zellweger) who goes into shock after witnessing her husband's murder and – caught up in a trauma-induced fantasy wherein she believes a soap opera doctor (Greg Kinnear) is actually her ex-fiancee – travels out to Los Angeles to be with him. Meanwhile, her husband's killers (Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock) try… read more!
Movies Directed by Neil LaBute (in alphabetical order)
It's hard to believe, in this day and age, that somebody actually bankrolled a wide-release film about a pair of English literature researchers and a pair of Victorian poets. And not only that, but that American filmmaker/playwright Neil LaBute, best known for his scathing sexual satires The Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, was chosen to direct it.… read more!
The Shape of Things
Writer/director LaBute adapts his four-character play about a college nerd (Paul Rudd) hooking up with an an arrogant art student (Rachel Weisz) who immediately sets to improving his appearance, affecting his relationship with his former roommate (Fred Weller) and the roommate's fiancee (Gretchen Mol). The results of this adaptation reveal why most plays fall flat when brought to the screen:… read more!