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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.
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....
Truth is definitely relative.
A very under seen film. Adam Scott is great. It has it's moments of ineptitude but overall it's a really engrossing film. Darkly funny and deeply emotional.
it took me three days to get through this and i only managed it because i hate myself
I love Adam Scott as an asshole, and this is Adam Scott as the biggest, creepiest, most pathetic asshole he's played yet (and he still manages to be occasionally charming).
I am a guy right, but I love good romantic comedies, romantics movies whatever. But most of my favourites are very old ( Philadelphia Story, It Happened One Night) so I love it when a modern director can bring a new spin to the genre. Edward Burns did with his early movies, and we have had Silver Lining Playbook...
I missed this first time around but it is another.
It is very, very black and the ending is hardly atypical.. but I loved it.
Adam Scott is brilliant, his best role yet.. I barely realised he had this in him. Great script too. Lee Toland Krieger is worth following. I am a fan.
A movie with a main character and performance (bearded and Bi-polar Adam Scott) so incredibly fascinating and compelling at it's center, it forgets that the movie he's in is a little boring.
The film generally subscribes (and get's a lot of mileage off of) itself to the formalism of generic indie family dramas, the exception being the absolutely devastating darkly comedic/dramatic tour de force that is Adam Scott.
Won't get Scott's performance out of my head for some time, the rest of the film though, is a bit of a melodramatic blur.
Alternate title: "Men getting their s--t together." The fact that Caleb (Adam Scott) has been cheated on by a woman who looks quite a bit like his brother's girlfriend Emma (Brittany Snow, stranded) is a thin peg for this movie to hang its hat on, but nevertheless what we have here is 90 minutes of Caleb trying to seduce Emma for revenge and some vague idea that he'll be protecting his brother (Alex Frost) from a woman who likes sex. Maybe I've seen too many Parks & Rec but Scott seems a little miscast here, yet he digs in and laces Caleb with some surprising notes of anger and bitterness.There's also J.K. Simmons as Caleb's secretive father, who it may surprise…
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