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The Vicious Kind
How would you protect someone from their first love?
A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.
You know all of those quirky indie comedies about dysfunctional families? This is the brilliant, devastating, and dark antidote to that largely useless subgenre of independent film. The Vicious Kind is mostly a character study of Caleb, a truck driver who turns into an angry, bitter insomniac after his girlfriend cheats on him. When his sweet and innocent little brother Peter begs for a ride home from college for Thanksgiving, he bitches and moans about it until he meets Peter's girlfriend Emma. Caleb becomes obsessed with Emma and in a series of frightening and inappropriate encounters with her, they form an intense and sexually charged bond.
I've been a huge fan of Adam Scott since I saw him in one…
As I was watching Celeste & Jesse Forever for the fourth time the other night, I couldn't get director Lee Toland Krieger's previous film, The Vicious Kind, out of my mind. I realized that I had only seen it the one time back in 2009 when it was first released, so I was eager to embark on a rewatch to see if it affected me as much as it initially did at that time. I could recall specific scenes from it, particularly some intense and impressive bursts of dramatic acting from Adam Scott that I was very surprised by, but a good majority of the film I had forgotten.
I was pleased to find that not only did I still really…
Labeled as a "Comedy" I didn't find anything funny at all. But what I found was a dark twisted film, filled with some excellent performances. Adam Scott as the asshole older brother was really good. And the beautiful girlfriend of his younger brother played by Brittany Snow. It's a nicely put together indie film, of a dysfunctional family. A perverted father, who holds a grudge, on his insomniac eldest son. And The nice guy brings home his pretty girlfriend. So you know this can't end well. Overall it was well worth the time.
Adam Scott gives an excellent performance as man who may be content not picking up the post-breakup pieces of his life in "The Vicious Kind," a film about anger, family, and healing. Scott's Caleb, all neck-bearded and sad, leads this film that provides somber drama with a touch of comedy.
Lee Toland Krieger's film begins with a monologue by Caleb that sets the stage for his character. He is bitter and venting after a romantic relationship has ended and his bitterness pervades everything he touches. Caleb begins to heal, accidentally, with the arrival of his brother's new girlfriend, a woman who sparks rage, longing, and a host of familial conflicts.
"The Vicious Kind" could easily be written off as a…
I really can't explain why, but I fucking loved it.
Interestingly enough this wasn't particularly vicious or kind. I would of went with The Awkward Kind.
A simple and predictable plot that is brought to an amazing level of magnitude by the great acting skills of the cast.
Adam Scott's performance was, by far, the best thing about this movie. The plot isn't that unique, or complex, or overall special — but it's got this spot-on performance that does make the entire movie very worth watching. There's also a couple of brilliant lines thrown into the script that make it a very pleasant watch.
I've liked Adam Scott since stumbling upon Party Down and he gives a commanding performance here. And he's really the only reason to see this film, which is otherwise a poorly paced, awkwardly directed, and logic deprived indie family dramedy chock-full of trite revelations and strained tension.
Adam Scott, I love you so much.
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