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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

September 23, 2009

A movie based upon the David Foster Wallace book, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, is set to open in limited release this Friday.  The book is a collection of short stories, the bulk of which are the response portions of interviews with men dubious character, typically describing sexual misdoings or emotional/intellectual misconduct perpetrated for a variety of reasons.  The remainder of the collection deals with the typical D.F.W. fare (drugs, ethics, depression, etc.)   in the typical D.F.W. fashion (obscure words, footnotes, jargon, etc.)

The movie version gives John Krasinski (The Office) his first shot at directing.  It seems that to tie together the incongruent ‘interviews’ from the book Krasinski (also getting screen writing credits), has added a graduate student to conduct these interviews, as a sort of catharsis, to recover from a difficult break-up.  The grad student is played by Julianne Nicholson of Law and Order: Who Even Cares? notoriety.

Having read Brief Interviews along  many other pieces by D.F.W. all I can say is I hope they didn’t mess this one up.  With the name recognition of Krasinski this movie could be pretty big, I just hope the spirit of the original wasn’t sacrificed so as not to offend the middle aged soccer mom fans of The Office who are certainly going to go out to support “Jim.”

That said,  the trailer looks great. Plus, it could be worth $9.50 just for Will Arnett as subject #11

Here is the Trailer:

This is the first piece D.F.W. had published in Harpers way back in 1989

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