Orange County (film)
Orange County is a 2002 American comedy film starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black. It was released on January 11, 2002; the movie was produced by MTV Productions and Scott Rudin. The movie was written by Mike White. Shaun Brumder is a teenager from affluent Orange California. Although bright and intelligent, he has little interest in education or studying, instead trying to lead a carefree SoCal lifestyle of surfing and partying. A turning point comes when Shaun's best friend Lonny is killed in a surfing accident, causing Shaun to rethink his own life. One day, he finds a novel on the beach by the author Marcus Skinner, which inspires him to become a writer. Upon learning that Skinner is an English professor at Stanford University, Shaun makes it his goal to attend Stanford and study under him. Shaun improves himself academically, obtaining high grades and SAT scores as well as becoming the president of his graduating class. Following the advice of his guidance counselor, Ms. Cobb, Shaun applies only to Stanford.
This backfires as Shaun finds out that he is rejected from Stanford, because Ms. Cobb mixed up his academic transcript with that of a much less intelligent student. Shaun reaches out to his wealthy father Bud, who had left his wife and family to marry a much younger woman, pleading with him to donate money to Stanford in order to increase his chances of being accepted. Bud, disapproves of Shaun's dream of being a writer and refuses. In an attempt to help him, Shaun's girlfriend Ashley convinces her friend Tanya to allow Shaun to be interviewed at his home by Tanya's grandfather, a Stanford board member, so Shaun can explain his situation; the antics displayed during the interview by his dysfunctional family members, including his alcoholic fragile mother Cindy and his dim-witted stoner brother Lance, cause Shaun's interviewers to storm out in anger and disgust. In a last-ditch effort to get him accepted and Lance convince Shaun to drive to Palo Alto and plead his case directly to Stanford Admissions Director Don Durkett.
By the time the trio arrive on campus, the admissions building is closed. While Lance distracts the secretary on duty and Ashley steal the address to Durkett's house, they arrive at his home. Although impressed with Shaun's credentials, Durkett is reluctant to admit him, as it is very late in the admissions process. After much groveling, Shaun convinces Durkett to give it a second thought. Disaster strikes again, when Ashley drugs Durkett by accident with Lance's MDMA, thereby causing Durkett to become high; when Shaun and Ashley arrive at the Admissions Building, they find it engulfed in flames, caused by Lance starting a fire while he was seducing the receptionist. They flee the scene to avoid being arrested. Ashley becomes frustrated with Shaun's obsession of only getting into Stanford, points out that his attending would mean they would be separated, thus ending their relationship, she angrily leaves Shaun on his own. Depressed, Shaun meets a female student who invites him to a frat party. There, he witnesses the behavior of the Stanford coeds and is disappointed to learn that they are just as vapid and ditzy as the girls he knew from Orange County.
After leaving with a more cynical view of college, Shaun, by chance, runs into Professor Skinner and is invited to his office to chat. Skinner is amused with Shaun's belief that he must study and work in a intelligent environment in order to become successful, pointing out that many famous authors such as James Joyce and William Faulkner grew up in places that were not intellectually stimulating, but still became great writers. Having an epiphany, Shaun realizes his previous misguided intentions and seeks out Ashley to apologize to her. After catching up with her, the two pick up Lance and drive home. Back in Orange County, Shaun's parents seek out each other to determine how to deal with Shaun's problem, they end up reconciling, realizing that they are much happier together than with their respective new spouses. They conclude that they have not been good parents to Shaun and, to make amends, Bud donates enough money to Stanford for the construction of a brand new Admissions Building; this action gets.
Although Shaun is ecstatic, he remembers what both Ashley and Professor Skinner had told him. Shaun decides to stay in Orange County with Ashley and his family because he loves them too much to leave them, he is now able to view living in Orange County as a positive influence for his writing career, rather than a detriment; the film ends with Shaun going surfing with his friends again for the first time since Lonny's death. Colin Hanks as Shaun Brumder Jack Black as Lance Brumder Catherine O'Hara as Cindy Brumder Schuyler Fisk as Ashley John Lithgow as Bud Brumder Harold Ramis as Don Durkett Jane Adams as Mona Garry Marshall as Arthur Gartner Dana Ivey as Vera Gartner Carly Pope as Tanya Chevy Chase as Principal Harbert Lily Tomlin as Charlotte Cobb, College counselor Leslie Mann as Krista Bret Harrison as Lonny Kyle Howard as Arlo RJ Knoll as Chad George Murdock as Bob Beugler Monica Keena as Gretchen Fran Kranz as Shane Brainard Mike White as Mr. Burke, English teacher Sarah Hagan as Sarah Lizzy Caplan as Party Girl Nat Faxon as Kip Alexandra Breckenridge (uncredite
The Cable Guy
The Cable Guy is a 1996 American psychological thriller comedy film directed by Ben Stiller, starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick. It was released in the United States on June 14, 1996; the film co-stars Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal, Diane Baker, Eric Roberts, Owen Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Andy Dick, Amy Stiller, Bob Odenkirk. Despite a modest commercial reception, the movie received mixed reviews. After a failed marriage proposal to his girlfriend Robin Harris, Steven M. Kovacs moves into his own apartment. Taking advice from his friend Rick, Steven bribes cable guy, Ernie "Chip" Douglas, to give him free movie channels. Chip gets Steven to hang out with him the next day and makes him one of his "preferred customers". Chip takes Steven to the satellite dish responsible for sending out television signals. Steven tells his problems with Robin to Chip, who advises him to admit his faults to Robin and invite her over to watch Sleepless in Seattle. Chip begins acting more suspiciously, running into Steven and his friends at the gym and leaving several messages on Steven's answering machine.
When Robin comes over to watch the movie, the cable is out, due to Chip, who intentionally sabotaged Steven's cable. Chip fixes the cable under the condition that they hang out again, to which Steven reluctantly agrees. Chip takes Steven to Medieval Times, where Chip arranges for them to battle in the arena, referencing the Star Trek episode "Amok Time". Chip behaves aggressively, nearly killing Steven, who bests him in combat; when they arrive at Steven's home, Chip reveals that he's installed an expensive home theater system in his living room, which includes a television and a karaoke machine. Chip hosts a party attended by Chip's "preferred customers". Steven decides to enjoy the party and with Chip's help, Steven sleeps with a young party guest named Heather, who Chip reveals is a prostitute, to which Steven responds by throwing him out. Chip tracks down Robin, on a date with another man; when the man goes to the bathroom, Chip beats him and tells him to stay away from Robin. He upgrades Robin's cable, saying that it is on Steven.
Robin decides to get back together with Steven as a result. However, Steven tells Chip that they cannot be friends, which sets a hurt Chip on a series of vengeful acts, he gets Steven arrested for possession of stolen property at the moment that Steven makes a big business deal. During his time in jail, he is visited by his parents and Chip, who mocks him through a prison visitation window. Steven tries to alert a guard about Chip, but the guard is one of Chip's "preferred customers" and thus does not react. After a weekend of humiliation, Steven is released on bail. During a dinner with his family and Robin, Steven is horrified to see Chip in attendance. Steven tells him to leave, but Chip tells him to play along or he will show everyone a picture of Steven with the prostitute; the evening goes from bad to worse when Chip manipulates the family, tells several bad jokes, pushes Steven too far by playing a sexualized version of the game show Password with the rest of the family. Steven flies into a rant about Chip's true intentions but nobody believes him.
Chip whispers something disturbing about Robin into Steven's ear, which results in Steven punching Chip in the face, shocking everyone else. Chip leaves, feigning depression. Steven is fired from his job the next day when Chip sends out a video of Steven insulting his boss, recorded on a hidden camera in his apartment. Steven has a nightmare about Chip breaking down his door and chasing him out of the window in the middle of the night with eerie green eyes. After doing some investigating, Rick tells Steven that Chip has been fired from the cable company for stalking customers, uses the names of television characters as aliases such as Chip Douglas from My Three Sons and Larry Tate from Bewitched. Chip calls Steven that night, telling him he is paying Robin a visit. After visiting Robin's empty apartment, Steven tracks them down to the satellite dish, where Chip holds Robin hostage in a rainstorm. After a physical altercation and a chase, Steven is able to save Robin; as the police arrive, Chip goes into a speech on how he was raised by television and apologizes to Steven for being a bad friend.
Chip dives backwards from the top of a ladder above the satellite dish, falling onto it and knocking out the television signal to the entire town. Chip survives the fall and avoids the satellite's middle spike, much to his dismay, injures his back; as Steven and Robin reunite, Steven asks for his real name. Chip jokingly replies "Ricky Ricardo". Chip is taken to the hospital in a helicopter; when one of the paramedics addresses him as "buddy", Chip asks the paramedic if he is his buddy, to which the paramedic replies "Yeah, sure you are", causing Chip to smile deviously. First time screenwriter Lou Holtz, Jr. had the idea for The Cable Guy while working as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, declaring that he once saw a cable company employee in the hallway of his mother's apartment building and started thinking, "What's he doing here so late?" The screenplay became the subject of a bidding war, won by Columbia Pictures at a price of $1 million. The role of the Cable Guy was written for Chris Farley, who turned it down due to scheduling difficulties.
Jim Carrey joined the production, receiving a record $20 million to star. Following Carrey's signing, Columbia hired Judd Apatow to produce; the studio rebuffed Apatow's interest in directing, but accepted his suggestion to invite Ben Stiller, star of his eponymous show on which Apatow had worked. The original screenplay by Lou Holtz, Jr. was a lighter comedy, described by Apatow as "a What About Bob? Annoying friend movie
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller is an American actor, writer and director. He is the son of actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries and was offered his own show, titled The Ben Stiller Show, which he produced and hosted for its thirteen-episode run. Having acted in television, he began acting in films, he made his directorial debut with Reality Bites. Throughout his career he has written, starred in, directed, or produced more than 50 films including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Cable Guy, There's Something About Mary, the Meet the Parents trilogy, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, the Madagascar series, the Night at the Museum trilogy, he has made numerous cameos in music videos, television shows, films. Stiller is a member of a group of comedic actors colloquially known as the Frat Pack, his films have grossed more than $2.6 billion in Canada and the United States, with an average of $79 million per film. Throughout his career, he has received multiple awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, multiple MTV Movie Awards, a Teen Choice Award.
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965 in New York City and raised on the Upper West Side. His father and actor Jerry Stiller, is from a Jewish family that emigrated from Poland and Galicia in Central Europe, his mother and comedian Anne Meara, from an Irish Catholic background, converted to Reform Judaism after marrying his father. While the family was "never religious", they celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, Stiller had a Bar Mitzvah, his parents took him on the sets of their appearances, including The Mike Douglas Show when he was 6. He considered his childhood unusual, stating: "In some ways, it was a show-business upbringing—a lot of traveling, a lot of late nights—not what you'd call traditional." His elder sister, has appeared in many of his productions, including Reality Bites, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Zoolander. Stiller displayed an early interest in filmmaking and made Super 8 movies with his sister and friends. At age 9, Stiller made his acting debut as a guest on his mother's short-lived television series, Kate McShane.
In the late 1970s, he performed with the New York City troupe NYC's First All Children's Theater, playing several roles, including the title role in Clever Jack and the Magic Beanstalk. After being inspired by the television show Second City Television while in high school, Stiller realized that he wanted to get involved with sketch comedy. During his high school years, he was the drummer of the post-punk band Capital Punishment, which released the studio album Roadkill in 1982; the band's bassist, Peter Swann, went on to become an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge. Stiller attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and graduated from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983, he started performing on the cabaret circuit as opening act to the cabaret siren Jadin Wong. Stiller enrolled as a film student at the University of California, Los Angeles. After nine months, Stiller left school to move back to New York City, he made his way through acting classes and trying to find an agent. When he was 15, Stiller obtained a small part with one line on the television soap opera Guiding Light, although in an interview he characterized his performance as poor.
He was cast in a role in the 1986 Broadway revival of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, alongside John Mahoney. During its run, Stiller produced a satirical mockumentary. Stiller's comedic work was well received by the cast and crew of the play, he followed up with a 10-minute short titled The Hustler of Money, a parody of the Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money; the film featured him in a send-up of Tom Cruise's character and Mahoney in the Paul Newman role, only this time as a bowling hustler instead of a pool shark. The short got the attention of Saturday Night Live, which aired it in 1987 and two years offered Stiller a spot as a writer. In the meantime, he had a bit role in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. In 1989, Stiller appeared on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer. However, since the show did not want him to make more short films, he left after four episodes, he put together Elvis Stories, a short film about a fictitious tabloid focused on recent sightings of Elvis Presley.
The film starred friends and co-stars John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Mike Myers, Andy Dick, Jeff Kahn. The film was considered a success, led him to develop the short film Going Back to Brooklyn for MTV. Producers at MTV were so impressed with Back to Brooklyn that they offered Stiller a 13-episode show in the experimental "vid-com" format. Titled The Ben Stiller Show, this series mixed comedy sketches with music videos and parodied various television shows, music stars, films, it starred Stiller, along with main writer Jeff Khan and Harry O'Reilly, with his parents and sister making occasional appearances. Although the show was canceled after its first season, it led to another show titled The Ben Stiller Show, on the Fox Network in 1992; the series aired 12 episodes on Fox, with a 13th unaired episode broadcast by Comedy Central in a revival. Among the principal writers on The Ben Stiller Show were Stiller and Judd Apatow, with the show featuring the ensemble cast of Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, Bob Odenkirk.
Both Denise Richards and Jeanne Tripplehorn appeared as extras in various episodes. Throughout
Hot Pursuit (1987 film)
Hot Pursuit is a 1987 American action comedy film directed by Steven Lisberger, written by Lisberger and Steven Carabatsos, starring John Cusack, Robert Loggia, Wendy Gazelle, Jerry Stiller. High school student Dan Bartlett misses the plane he was supposed to be on with his rich girlfriend and her family on the way to a Caribbean vacation during a school break, he flies there alone, runs into a series of characters and misadventures as he tries to catch up. Ganja-smoking island natives give him a lift in their vehicle, but they don't quite make it as the family takes off on a chartered yacht. A crusty old sailor with his own reasons takes up the chase with Bartlett on a decrepit sailboat. Bartlett runs into corrupt cops and winds up in jail, he catches up to the yacht, only to find that the family has been taken hostage by pirates. He comes to the rescue. Pierre David developed the project with Steve Lisberger. David brought it to Tom Mankiewicz. RKO Pictures were willing to back the film but they only wanted to pay $2.8 million and filmmakers could not get the budget lower than $4 million.
Mankiewicz managed to secure the additional funding from Ned Tanen at Paramount Pictures in exchange for cable rights. Anthony Michael Hall was considered for the lead before the filmmakers decided to go with John Cusack; the scenes at Dan's school were filmed at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. A "Victoria Taxi" logo is visible on the cab. According to Mankiewicz, "everyone came out fine" from the film "especially Cusack and Ben Stiller, who went on to bigger and better things". Hot Pursuit on IMDb Hot Pursuit at Box Office Mojo Hot Pursuit at Rotten Tomatoes
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson. Ostensibly based on a non-existent novel, told with a narrative influenced by the literature of J. D. Salinger, the story follows the lives of three gifted siblings who experience great success in youth, greater disappointment and failure in adulthood; the children's eccentric father Royal Tenenbaum leaves them in their adolescent years, returning to them after they have grown, falsely claiming to have a terminal illness. Long after he was shunned by his family, Royal reconciles with his children and ex-wife. With a variety of influences, including Louis Malle's 1963 film The Fire Within and Orson Welles' 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons, the story involves themes of the dysfunctional family, lost greatness, redemption. An absurdist and ironic sense of humor pervades the film, which features a soundtrack subsequently released in two albums.
The Royal Tenenbaums was shot in and around New York City, including a house in Harlem used for the Tenenbaum residence. The filmmakers went to efforts to distinguish the film's backgrounds from a recognizable New York, with fashions and sets combining the appearances of different time periods. After debuting at the New York Film Festival, The Royal Tenenbaums received positive reviews from critics and was Anderson's most financially successful film until 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Hackman won a Golden Globe for his performance, the screenwriters were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2016, it was included in BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. Royal Tenenbaum explains to his three adolescent children, Chas and Richie, that he and his wife, are separating; each of the Tenenbaum children achieved great success at a young age. Chas is a business genius, from whom Royal steals money. Margot, adopted by the Tenenbaums, was awarded a grant for a play that she wrote in the ninth grade.
Richie is artist. He expresses his love for his adopted sister Margot through many paintings. Royal takes Richie on regular outings. Eli Cash is the Tenenbaums' neighbor, Richie's best friend. Twenty-two years Royal is kicked out of the hotel where he has been living. All the Tenenbaum children are in a post-success slump, with Richie traveling the world on a cruise ship following a breakdown, he writes a letter to Eli revealing his love for Margot. Chas has become overprotective of his sons and Uzi, following his wife Rachael's death in a plane crash. Margot is married to neurologist Raleigh St. Clair, from whom she hides her smoking and her checkered past. Raleigh is conducting research on a subject named Dudley Heinsbergen. Etheline's longtime accountant, Henry Sherman, proposes to her. Learning of Henry's proposal, Royal claims that he has stomach cancer to win back the affections of Etheline and his children. Etheline calls each of her children home, Royal moves into the family home and sets up medical equipment in Richie's room.
Royal learns of Chas' overprotective nature and takes his grandsons on an adventure involving shoplifting and dog fighting. On their return, Chas berates him for endangering his boys, Royal accuses Chas of having a nervous breakdown. Eli, with whom Margot has been having an affair, tells her. Royal discovers the affair and objects to Margot's treatment of Raleigh, who confides to Richie his suspicions of Margot, he and Richie hire a private investigator to spy on her. Meanwhile, Henry investigates Royal's cancer claim and discovers his hospital had closed years before, his doctor does not exist, that his cancer medication is only candy, he confronts Pagoda, the family servant, gathers the whole family to tell them what he has discovered. Afterwards and Pagoda move out of the house. Richie and Raleigh get the private eye's report on Margot, which reveals her history of smoking and sexual promiscuity, including a previous marriage to a Jamaican recording artist. Both men take the news hard, with Richie going into a bathroom, shaving off his hair and beard, slashing his wrists.
Dudley finds him in a pool of blood, Raleigh rushes him to the hospital. As the Tenenbaums sit in the waiting room, Raleigh confronts Margot and leaves. Richie meets with Margot, they share their secret love and they kiss. Royal decides that he wants Etheline to be happy, arranges for a divorce. Before Henry and Etheline's wedding, high on mescaline, crashes his car into the side of the house. Royal rescues Ari and Uzi. Enraged, Chas wrestles him to the ground. Eli and Chas agree. Chas thanks Royal for saving his sons and for buying them a Dalmatian from the responding firemen as a replacement for Buckley. Forty-eight hours Etheline and Henry are married in a judge's chambers; some time Margot releases a new play inspired by her family, Raleigh publishes a book about Dudley's condition, Eli checks himself into a drug rehabilitation facility in North Dakota, Richie begins teaching a junior tennis program. Chas becomes less overprotective of his children. Royal seems to have improved his relationship with all his children, seems to be on better terms with Etheline.
He has a heart attack and dies at the age of 68. Chas accompanies him in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, is the only witness to his death; the family attends his funeral, where the epitaph dubiously reads tha
Keeping the Faith
Keeping the Faith is a 2000 American romantic comedy film written by Stuart Blumberg, starring Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman, Eli Wallach, Anne Bancroft. This film was released by Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Triple Threat Talent, on April 14, 2000; the film is dedicated to Robin. It had a budget of $29 million. A Catholic priest, Father Brian Finn, has been dedicated to his calling since he was a child and now shares the duties of a New York parish with an older priest, Fr. Havel. Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram, best friends with Brian since childhood, is the youngest rabbi at his synagogue, focused on his work to the detriment of his private life, much to the chagrin of his mother, Ruth; the two men show a close bond in their professions, where the two are planning the opening of a jointly-sponsored community center. The pair reminisce about Anna Reilly, their childhood friend, she met Jake and Brian in middle school, after beating up a bully, picking on them.
The three became great friends, enjoyed their childhood together. Anna's father got a new job that resulted in the Reillys moving to California, she lost touch with Brian and Jake. Sixteen years Anna moves to New York for work and calls her old friends out of the blue. Anna and Jake begin sleeping together, but he is reluctant to be involved in a serious relationship with her because she is not Jewish, a fact which could compromise his relationship with his congregation and with his mother. Between the religious conflict and their desire to spare Brian's feelings, the relationship is kept secret; as the relationship continues, Jake remains unable and unwilling to view the relationship as a serious one, despite Anna dropping hints to him about her having been taking a class, her becoming visibly upset when they run into members of Jake's congregation while on a date and Jake introducing her only as "my old friend Anna". Meanwhile, Brian has developed feelings for Anna, in conflict with his vows, leaving him in private turmoil.
He begins misinterpreting Anna's words and actions and has an erotic dream about her. While the three have dinner one night with Jake's mother Ruth, Ruth has a private conversation with Anna, where she tearfully reveals that she knows about Anna and Jake's secret relationship. Jake and Brian walk in on the ladies having a tearful moment, Jake and Anna have an argument over the religious issues complicating their romance, which ends in the two parting ways in frustration. Anna calls Brian for comfort and he rushes to her, where he takes her tearful ramblings to be a confession of feelings for him; when he kisses her and admits his love, she interrupts him, tells him she is in love with Jake and admits that she and Jake have been seeing each other secretly for months. Embarrassed and rejected, Brian spends the night drinking on the streets; the next day, still drunk, Brian stumbles into Jake's temple and interrupts a post-bar mitzvah gathering, resulting in a confrontation with Jake that ends with the priest punching the rabbi.
As the Community Center's grand opening approaches, along with the last days of Anna's East Coast assignment, the relationships begin to mend, first with Jake reconciling with Brian, followed by Anna reconciling with Brian shortly after. A discussion between the two men prompts Jake to go to Anna's office building, with Brian shouting encouragement at him as he runs down the street. Jake interrupts Anna's going away office party and manages to get her attention from a window in the building across the street and calls to explain himself and offer to set things right; that evening, they surprise Brian in the middle of his karaoke number at the interfaith center, which looks to be off to a successful start. Anna greets Rabbi Lewis as he passes by and asks about their meetings together, referencing the class that Anna had told Jake she had been taking, at which point it becomes clear that she had been taking classes to convert to Judaism, she tells him she hopes to pick it up again as she is now staying in New York, with Jake thrilled.
The film ends with the three childhood friends posing for a photo together. Keeping the Faith received mixed to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 69% rating, sampled from 115 film critics, with an average score of 6.2/10. The consensus states: "A dramedy featuring an unusual love triangle, Keeping the Faith is a perceptive look at how religion affects us in everyday life." Metacritic gives the film a score of 60 out of 100, based on reviews from 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: 2002: AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions – Nominated The film opened at #3 at the US box office, making $8,078,671 in its opening weekend, behind 28 Days and Rules of Engagement. The film grossed $37,047,880 in North America and $22,897,303 in other territories, totaling $59,945,183 worldwide. Keeping the Faith on IMDb Keeping the Faith at Box Office Mojo Keeping the Faith at Rotten Tomatoes Keeping the Faith at Metacritic
Your Friends & Neighbors
Your Friends & Neighbors is a 1998 black comedy film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener, Nastassja Kinski, Jason Patric and Ben Stiller in an ensemble cast. The film was the first to be reviewed on the website Rotten Tomatoes; the film's credit sequences feature music by Apocalyptica. Set in an unnamed American city, two urban, middle-class couples deal with their unhappy relationships by shamelessly lying and cheating in their quest for happiness. Jerry is a theater instructor, married to Terri, a writer, alienated and unfulfilled with his love-making skills. Jerry and Terri have dinner with Mary, a writer friend of Terri's, Mary's husband Barry a business executive, oblivious to his wife's unhappiness. During dinner, Mary talks about writing for a local newspaper column about bickering couples and their troubles, while Barry does not think that other couple problems are anyone else's concern. After dinner, Jerry discreetly asks Mary out on a date.
Mary, out of frustration, accepts. The next day, visiting a local art gallery and begins a secret romance with Cheri, a lesbian art gallery worker. Terri feels satisfied with their lovemaking and enjoys the quiet of it compared with Jerry's performance. Meanwhile, Cary, a doctor friend of Barry's, is a devious and narcissistic sexual predator who picks up and seduces naïve and vulnerable young women, dumps them for his cruel pleasure of watching them cry. Aware of the distance between Barry and Mary, Cary tries to persuade Barry to leave his wife for the swinging, non-monogamous lifestyle that Cary has built for himself. Barry thinks. During Jerry and Mary's rendezvous at a local hotel, Jerry fails to get aroused during foreplay; as a result, he takes out his frustrations on Mary. Angry and offended by Jerry's misogynist outburst, Mary abruptly ends their "affair." She feels more miserable a few days when Barry unwittingly takes her to the same hotel room to rekindle their romance. Mary realizes.
Barry thinks he might somehow be responsible for it. Jerry and Cary get together to work out at the local gym and, in the steam room, Barry tries to get them to reveal their best sexual experiences. Barry tells them. Cary tells a disturbing story about his best sexual experience: partaking in a gang rape where he and a group of friends forcibly sodomized a male high school classmate on the floor in the locker room at his boarding school when he was a teenager. Both Barry and Jerry are fascinated by Cary's sordid and evil story; when Barry tries to persuade Jerry to reveal his best sexual experience, Jerry refuses. After being goaded in the locker room, Jerry angrily responds that his best sexual experience was with Barry's wife, he leaves, with Barry too stunned to respond. Cary caught off-guard, says: "that beats my story." After returning home from the gym, Barry confronts Mary over dinner about her affair with Jerry just as Terri accidentally finds out about Jerry's indiscretion after finding Mary's phone number in one of Jerry's playbooks.
Mary and Jerry are both unapologetic for their unfaithfulness and express dissatisfaction to both of their spouses. Terri accidentally reveals her own lesbian romance with Cheri, but does not display any guilt for her infidelity. Jerry confronts Cheri at the art gallery over his wife's affair with her. Cheri shows no remorse or regret for her relationship with Terri, or with interfering with Jerry and Terri's troubled marriage. Cheri tells Jerry; as the film comes to an end, both of the married couples split up. Terri moves in with Cheri, although she finds her emotional neediness irritating. Jerry continues his philandering lifestyle with his female theater students. Barry becomes miserable all by himself because he is no longer able to give himself an erection during masturbation. Mary is revealed to have moved in with Cary, who treats her as coldly as all the other women in his life though she is pregnant with his child; the film closes on Mary and Cary in bed, as Mary realizes that she is more unhappy in her new relationship with the catty and heartless Cary than she had been with her clueless husband Barry.
Amy Brenneman as Mary Aaron Eckhart as Barry Catherine Keener as Terri Nastassja Kinski as Cheri Jason Patric as Cary Ben Stiller as Jerry Josh Dotson as Co-worker Lola Glaudini as Jerry's Student Jason Patric's performance as the misogynistic doctor Cary earned an award for Best Supporting Actor from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards. Patric received a Best Supporting Actor - Drama nomination from the International Press Academy. Your Friends and Neighbors was released on August 21 1998 in a limited release in 32 theaters grossing $340,288 with an average of $10,634 per theater; the film's widest release was 246 theaters and it ended up grossing $4,714,658 below its $5 million production budget. Your Friends & Neighbors was the first film reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes and has an approval rating of 77% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 7.02/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Though it may strike some viewers as cold and unpleasant, Neil LaBute's Your Friends & Neighbors is an incisive critique of sexual politics wrapped up in a scathing black comedy."
The film has a score of 70 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Roger Ebert gave it four stars and proclaimed it to be "one of the