Despite our best efforts to hide that fact, enough ridiculous words and actions have drooled out over the past 100,000 years or so to prove that underneath whatever manly exterior we've built up around ourselves, there really is only one common, wretched motivation- conquest and dominance. Even the nice guy that finished last was in the race- if he didn't want to win, he shouldn't have been running. It's why we invented guns, it's a short-cut across the track. Just horrible, terrible things we are.
OK, maybe I'm just projecting my own miserable insecurities onto an entire gender, but at least I'm owning up to it. Usually we'll only expose weakness in the event it might aid our pursuit to manipulate a situation.
Which is why I'm excited about BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN. John Krasinski, who plays Jim on The Office (probably the most sincere, lovable male figure on television), wrote and directed this adaptation of the novel by David Foster Wallace. A perfect juxaposition for a film that examines just how sick we really are.
A graduate student (Julianne Nicholson) endeavors to explore the male psyche for her thesis by interviewing a cross-section of men. The men's twisted and revealing stories are juxtaposed against the backdrop of her own experience. As she begins to listen closely to the men around her, she must ultimately reconcile herself to the darkness that lies below the surface of human interactions. Featuring great performances by these men: Timothy Hutton, Ben Shenkman, Christopher Meloni, Ben Gibbard, Will Arnett, Chris Messina, Bobby Cannavale, Will Forte, Dennis O'Hare, Lou Taylor Pucci, Max Minghella and John Krasinski.
It's being called the perfect date movie, but I'm not so sure it should be a first date. A second date, sure. Better to get a glimpse inside the male mind sooner than later.
If you're reading this and you're my wife, don't worry, I'm different.
See this movie! It opens for a full run starting this Friday at the Alamo Ritz.