Your Friends and Neighbors [DVD] [1998]

Neil LaBute's second film, the scathing Your Friends & Neighbors comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by LaBute and the film's producer, Steve Golin. Fans of LaBute's pointed style should enjoy his comments on the screenplay and Golin offers some insights into the difficulties that came about from working with a minimal budget. The theatrical trailer, and biographies for the cast members round out this solid release from Universal.
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Overview

Special Features


  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast and filmmakers' bios and filmographies
  • Filmmakers' commentary with director Neil LaBute and producer Steve Golin

Synopsis


Your Friends & Neighbors
For the follow-up to In the Company of Men, the misogyny-on-parade debut that became an out of nowhere indie hit, auteur Neil LaBute wrote and directed a piece that gives more equal representation to the shortcomings of both genders than his earlier film. Three men stand on one side: Cary (Jason Patrick), a womanizing doctor who rehearses make-out lines and keeps his body almost grotesquely ripped; Jerry (Ben Stiller), a self-obsessed theater instructor who chews over every emotion like a morsel of dessert; and Barry (Aaron Eckhart), a man grown soft in his marriage to a woman who can't satisfy him sexually as well as he can himself. On the other side we have three equally well-defined women: Terri (Catherine Keener), a writer/editor whose prefers to keep words out of the bedroom, much to the chagrin of live-in beau Jerry; Mary (Amy Brenneman), a freelance writer whose attempts to find her own sexual fulfillment with both husband Barry and paramour Jerry meet with a similar lack of success; and Cheri (Nastassja Kinski), an art assistant who meets most of the other characters one by one at a gallery but directs her sylph-like affections in an unexpected direction. The lies, double-crosses, and confrontations between these characters resolve into a sinisterly comic indictment of the very idea of romantic fulfillment. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Amy Brenneman
    Amy Brenneman - Mary
  • Aaron Eckhart
    Aaron Eckhart - Barry
  • Catherine Keener
    Catherine Keener - Terri
  • Nastassja Kinski
    Nastassja Kinski - Cheri
  • Jason Patric
    Jason Patric - Cary



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