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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.
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.
Good acting by Adam Scott and Brittany Snow but that's not enough to make this a good movie in my opinion. Sure it's awkward, dark and fucked up but I just kept finding myself saying, "really?" over and over.
I felt like there was a disconnect with every character, unable to address any of the fucked up shit. When they do it's very short and lackluster. The whole movie is about an emotional asshole who fucks his dull brother's girlfriend. Even the dad wanted to fuck her.
So really, you just have this slow awkward hypocritical sexual attraction between an asshole who said he wants to protect his brother (ha) and a girl who could be a whore or not…
Dark and interesting. Great cast, including a very frightening Adam Scott.
So powerful..so real...so dark...so emotional... I guess not everyone will see that in this movie. But everybody has that one film that touches them so deeply that you know you've once lived it. I can relate to certain aspects of this film very well.
Perfect ending. No Hollywood magic. Just sheer authenticity.
Couldn't hold back my tears on this one....
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