Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Videovangaurd presents: Retro Review of "Swimming with Sharks" and "In the Company of Men"

With "Horrible Bosses" being released in theaters this week, I thought I would take a quick look back at some other movies that also featured some well known office assholes.

Swimming With Sharks

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley

Writer and Director: George Huang

 **** out of four stars.

                                           (Theatrical Poster)

If you ever had a job you hated or a boss you could not stand. Than "Swimming with Sharks" is your new cinema mecca. Anytime I would have a bad day at work, I would pop this in and feel way better afterwards.

Guy(Frank Whaley)has just landed his dream job. Being an assistant to movie producer Buddy Ackerman(Kevin Spacey). The only catch, Buddy is the boss from hell. Guy spends his weeks being tormented and ridiculed by this tyrant to his complete breaking point. Feeling that this is never going to stop he plans to take his boss hostage and makes him see how much of an asshole he has been.

There are some laugh out loud, funny moments as well as some very harsh and violent scenes. There is even a moment that would make fans of "Saw" squirm and a moment that will make you shed a tear. "Swimming with Sharks" is a very well done movie with excellent performances from Both Spacey and Whaley. Spacey should have won the Oscar for this instead of his role in "The Usual Suspects". A Wonderful smart script and an exciting ending I did not suspect.

(The Classic "Sweet and Low" scene. Kudos to Catharsis Productions for the embed code.)

In the Company of Men.

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy

Writer and Director: Neil Labute

*** and 1/2*s out of four

(Theatrical Poster)

Labute's debut film at first glance seems like a really cruel joke. The single premise of having two business men purposely seek out a naive woman and pretend to fall in love with her is going to turn a lot of viewers off. Which is a shame because this is one of the best written movies of the last 20 years.

What sets this movie apart from all others is that the characters in it are generally bad. The tag line "Let's hurt someone" makes sense because everyone(including the woman) hurts someone at one moment and ends up getting hurt at another moment. If you're highly offended by humor that involves disabilities or people playing pranks.  I'm sorry but this will not appeal to you. For all others this is a great movie to watch with a bunch of your friends(men and women) and have a discussion over. Some people have called "In The Company of Men" misogynistic,but I honestly believe those people did not see the movie past the trailer.

(Theatrical Trailer)


  1. You have sold me on seeing "Swimming With Sharks" Great thing it's actually streaming on Netflix now. I'm eager to watch it.

    1. Thanks Alex. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.