The Vicious KindClosed Captioning
Lee Toland Krieger
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There's nothing like a first love to bring family tensions to a boil in this riveting dark comedy! In a startling performance, Adam Scott (Step Brothers) stars as Caleb Sinclaire whose emotions go haywire when his brother, Peter (Alex Frost, Drillbit Taylor), brings home new girlfriend Emma (Brittany Snow, Prom Night). As the dysfunctional family is propelled into chaos, Caleb and Emma confront their mutual distrust and attempt to resist a growing sexual attraction.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 10
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The characters spend far too much time working through their problems with drama-deadening directness.
Fresh: The Vicious Kind upends the heavily tread dysfunctional family drama in ways that are unique, surprising and memorable.
Fresh: Indie drama reveals talent in front of and behind the camera.
Fresh: 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.
Everything I look for in a film.
Truly one of my favorite films. Wish it had a wide release but hopefully through word of mouth will get out there more. A very dark and yet funny look at relationships and the flawed nature of us all, with Adam Scott as the train wreck anti-hero heading the cast (who you can't stop watching). The directing, acting and music all comes together into a perfect little film. Lee Toland Krieger has a bright future ahead of him for sure. Check it out.
a good drama
The trailer does give away most of the movie. I enjoyed watching this movie. On a depper level its about the psychology of people and the way they respond to circumstanses in life. Its about love, family love and relationship love. The characters are very real. There is some dry comedy in there. Its a uniquely intersting story that kept me intersted the whole way.
I recomend watching this film. I rented it, I dont know if I would recomend buying it, because I dont know if I would watch it more than once, even though I liked it.
I am stingy with my stars, but this one gets FIVE. Adam Scott is a revelation, and delivers a stellar and unforgettable performance. You may have seen him in a few other places (Party Down, or HBO's Tell Me You Love Me, and he made a great guest appearance on HBO's Eastbound and Down) but he truly steals the show here. And that's saying something since Brittany Snow and J.K. Simmons are also spot-on the entire time. Some scenes in this movie will blow your mind, and the director manages to weave genuine drama and edgy material with laugh-out-loud comedy and sincere emotion. Not an easy combination to hold together, and very few films have the whole package the way The Vicious Kind does. I can't BELIEVE I'd never heard of this movie, and had never heard anything about it. It's dark, hilarious, inspired, passionate, and the chemistry among characters is kinetic and wonderful.
One note: The Trailer, for some strange reason, is cut in a way that misrepresents the film. This is especially baffling considering the movie is far better than the impression the trailer leaves you with. It's frustrating that somewhere someone in an editing room is cutting the footage together to make jokes and teasers that do not actually play that way in the film. And the movie doesn't need that, to be dumbed down or spliced into catchy snippets. It's already fantastic. Just wish they'd let it stand on its own for what it is.