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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

John Krasinski

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About the Movie

Based on the book by David Foster Wallace, BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN is a darkly funny exploration of men and their complex relationships with women. It is the debut feature by John Krasinski, best known for playing Jim on NBC’s “The Office” whose love affair with Pam (Jenna Fischer) brings a whole new level of emotionally true romance to network television. Sara (Julianne Nicholson) interviews men as part of her graduate study. Her intellectual endeavor has emotional consequences as she compares the twisted stories of her subjects with her own experiences. As Sara listens, she must reconcile herself to the darkness that lies beneath human interaction. Krasinski’s utter devotion to Wallace as a literary icon is palpable, as is the filmmaker’s talent with casting: the hideous men are played by such admired and award-winning actors as Ben Shenkman, Timothy Hutton, Chris Messina, Will Arnett, Will Forte, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Meloni, Denis O’Hare and Josh Charles. From IFC Films.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Compacted into an 80-minute mishmash of interviews, confessions and sketches, melded into a shaky mosaic, the answers from a cross section of men are shallow, self-serving and ultimately unenlightening. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Sep 25, 2009

Fresh: Krasinski preserves Wallace's whooshing roller coasters of words, powered by the fuel of confession. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: [Krasinski's] generosity of intent is really the main impression that remains. He read, he loved, and unfortunately, he did not conquer. – Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's an undeniably ambitious, if uneven, effort. Some of Krasinski's directorial flourishes are inspired, such as Christopher Meloni's imaginative re-telling (and offbeat re-enacting) about a woman he met as she stood crying at the airport. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


A great adaptation from the book. It has some of the original interviews from the novel but obviously cannot include all. The ones that are most interesting (in my opinion) are included in the film and presented in an interesting fashion. It's was clever, thoughtful, and and all around entertaining.


I love John 😍 his acting in this film is especially capturing and just perfect!! I'd watch the whole thing over and over just to support him