Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #10: In the Company of Men (1997)
10. In the Company of Men [DVD] (1997)
From the director of the The Wicker Man remake!
Yeah, that’s not a good thing, I should probably start with a better selling point, huh? Because as much as that movie gained in cult status it only gained it for being unbelievably bad with Nick Cage hamming it up like crazy.
And I won’t put “good because it’s bad” films in this list, specially not in the top 10.
In the Company of Men is the meanest movie ever. (That would’ve worked better as a first selling point, right?) We follow two men who both have been dumped by their women who decides to take out their revenge on women by taking it all out on one. The plan is to find a innocent woman, preferably with a physical handicap, and both hit on her until she falls deeply in love with one of them and believing it is true love… and then dump her in the worst way they can come up with.
Still here? Good. Because I want you to know that the film might be mean as nothing else but it makes you think “you shouldn’t do that!” and to me that is a good thing. It sure as hell is better than movies that say that to you – believing you are too dumb to figure that out by yourself. Its Happiness meets Office Space meets… American Psycho. But without any sex and violence.
It is well crafted even though it’s made on a shoe string budget (almost every scene is just one angle because they couldn’t afford to film it in any other way) thanks to a solid script, good directing by first time film director Neil LaBute and an outstanding cast with a then unknown Aaron Eckhart as the worst male ever on film.
PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 11. Turks fruit (1973) aka Turkish Delight
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