Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life.
A bold and divisive conversation piece, stunningly blunt. Two aggrieved white men living somewhere in Mametland scheme to vent their rage on a vulnerable young woman, turning this film's carefully calibrated small talk into true violence. (''Trust me, she'll be reaching for the sleeping pills in a week. And we'll be laughing about this till we are very old men.'') The filmmaker expresses his main character's rage with such critical detachment and stylized exaggeration that it cannot be mistaken for real bigotry. Directed with such spareness and precision that in retrospect, this low-budget color film feels as if it had been made in black and white. — Janet Maslin
1997-03-28 | Janet Maslin | Read the New York Times Review of In the Company of Men