7: The Vicious Kind (the good kind, to be sure)

The Vicious Kind – January 17, 2009
Starring: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost, J.K. Simmons
Written and directed by: Lee Toland Krieger

The plot: “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.” – IMDB

My thoughts: I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or be horrified or feel uncomfortable throughout this movie. Let’s just say it went through a lot of emotions, which I think is pretty true to life. Adam Scott (oh, how I love thee) is brilliant in this movie. One second he’s a horrible asshole – and I mean just the worst – and the next second he’s cracking a smile and being perfectly sarcastic that butterflies suddenly show up in my belly and I love him all over again.

The movie is definitely a character focused piece; not much really happens in the movie. Krieger does a really wonderful job of subtly letting us discover the complexities and layers in his characters. Perhaps the least developed character is the one whose presence sets everything in motion, Brittany Snow’s Emma. All we really get is that her mother is an alcoholic and that she’s not as innocent (or perhaps doesn’t want to be as innocent) as she appears to be.

Let me just cut to the chase and say that it was nominated for and won a number of prestigious independent film awards. And they were deserved.

Stars: 4/5

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